The Seattle Seahawks are past their minibreak between Weeks 13 and 14 and are back to practicing and preparing for arguably the best team in the NFL on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco opened as a whopping 10.5-point favorite against Seattle, according to FanDuel. Almost everyone expects Seattle to fall to 6-7 with four games left.
If that happens, Seattle will have gone 1-5 since beginning the season 5-2 and in first place in the NFC West. Seattle is now third in the division. The NFL is a crazy league.
But maybe there is some positivity to come out of Seattle losing. I mean, we have to look at the bright side, right? Well, here it is.
Where would the Seahawks currently be drafting in the first round?
While Seattle has recently been losing a bunch of games, that has at least helped their draft position. For much of the year - had the season ended after Week 7, for instance - Seattle would have been picking in the 20s. For a team that might be thinking of choosing a quarterback with their first pick, drafting that late would not necessarily yield a solid pick. The later you get after pick 15 the higher the risk.
Well, good news if you don't care if Seattle makes a playoff run this season and you instead want them to take a quarterback as high as possible in the 2024 NFL Draft. If the season were over right now, Seattle would pick 14th. CBS Sports has a top-150 big board and they have four quarterbacks in the top 30. But only two of those are higher than 14.
The two highest two quarterbacks are USC's Caleb Williams and North Carolina's Drake Maye. But in the Seahawks' current range are Michigan's JJ McCarthy and Texas's Quinn Ewers. Again, according to CBS Sports only, both Oregon's Bo Nix and Washington's Michael Penix, Jr. could easily be available for Seattle at 14. As Seattle is likely to lose their next two games, their first pick in next year's draft is likely only going to be higher.