3 nightmare scenarios for the Seattle Seahawks in 2023

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The Seattle Seahawks seem to be on the upswing of things, but it only takes a few little things for a lot to go wrong in the NFL. There is clearly no sure bet on Seattle duplicating even what it did in 2022. Maybe the Seahawks do make the playoffs in 2023, but for that to happen the players who may have overperformed last season need to be just as good again this coming season.

Add to that the fact that Seattle has an even tougher schedule this year and there could be issues. For all the positive feeling that came out of the end of last year, we should still remember that Seattle squeaked into the playoffs with two wins in the last two weeks of the season and needed help from the Detroit Lions defeating the Green Bay Packers in Week 18.

Of course, we all hope that the Seahawks win every game ever, but that also isn't realistic. No team wins every game, of course. Plus, teams will be a little better prepared for Seattle in 2023 because the expectations should be that the team is a bit better. But here are three things that could go horribly wrong for the Seahawks this coming season.

No. 1: The Seahawks 2023 rookie class is nowhere near as good as the 2022 version

We as 12s got spoiled by the Seahawks 2022 draft class, didn't we? It's OK to admit. After off and on years - and 2021 was completely awful, we should say - the 2022 class, which included Tariq Woolen, Charles Cross, Abe Lucas, and Ken Walker III, arrived and it could conceivably be one of the best draft classes in the history of the NFL, let alone the Seahawks. But now we kind of expect the same thing to happen with the 2023 class.

Maybe it will. Seattle chose cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the fifth overall choice and then took receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba at pick 20. But then Seattle also has two second-round picks as well. Based on draft stature, the 2023 class is potentially better than 2022. But we have zero idea how good the players are yet as they haven't played a real down of NFL football.

The issue is that Seattle is counting on at least the first-round choices to be good and immediate contributors. If they aren't, then Seattle could be doomed. The team is thin at a bunch of positions - like inside linebacker and along the interior of the offensive line - so if the rookies at CB and WR and running back don't contribute, this season could be a lost one.