Sunday, March 13, 2022

Seattle Seahawks 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Seattle Seahawks from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Seahawks:

SI - Hanson (3/11)

9. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Wednesday was quite the day in Seattle. Not only did the Seahawks agree to a blockbuster trade that will send Russell Wilson to Denver, but news broke of Bobby Wagner's release as well. Perhaps Seattle won't use this pick on a quarterback, but Drew Lock isn't the long-term (or short-term) answer. Willis won't be ready to start Week 1, but no quarterback prospect in this draft class has as much long-term upside as he does. If he lives up to his potential, his dynamism as a runner and ability to stretch the field vertically will give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares.

CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)

TRADE - 7. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Russell Wilson is gone, and I don't think anybody expects Drew Lock to be the long-term answer. So Seattle makes another move, getting ahead of an Atlanta team that could be in the market for a QB to get the guy they want to replace Wilson. Willis is a lot like an unpolished version of the young Wilson that had so much success in Seattle. Given time to develop and round out his game, he could be Seattle's next franchise QB.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)

9. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

I've been saying the Broncos would end up with either Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, so the blockbuster trade wasn't a surprise to me. However, the Seahawks releasing Bobby Wagner was. The Otay Ranch product can rush the passer (he had seven sacks), impact the run game and make plays in coverage -- he had four interceptions this season. He'd be an ideal replacement for Wagner.

The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)

9. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The dust is still settling on how this trade impacts the first round and how the Seahawks are going to approach their rebuild. What I do know is they get their pick of all the QBs here and Malik Willis has the best tools to build upon and groom.

ESPN - McShay (3/9)

9. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Well, the rebuild is officially on in Seattle after Tuesday's agreement to send Russell Wilson to Denver. And because the Seahawks are left with Drew Lock -- who was part of the return -- as their current quarterback, you have to think they will take a very close look at this draft class' signal-callers. Do they start over with Pitt's Kenny Pickett? Do they draft Liberty's Malik Willis and bet on his upside? Both options are possible at No. 9, but I think Seattle looks to free agency for a short-term complement to Lock and focuses in on Alabama's Bryce Young or Ohio State's C.J. Stroud in the 2023 draft.

Part of that reasoning is this year's weaker QB class. The other part is the fact that Thibodeaux is still on the board. He has 4.58 speed, the ability to walk blockers back and a great arsenal of pass-rush moves at his disposal. I've mentioned that I still want to see a little more fire out of him on a down-to-down basis, and that's still true. But there's no doubt he has the talent to be a difference-maker on an NFL defense. And Seattle's unit could use that: Its 34 sacks tied for No. 22 last season, while its 38.7% pass rush win rate ranked No. 20. Thibodeaux, who had seven sacks and 46 pressures last season, gets a new era of Seahawks football rolling. - Zierlein (3/8)

9. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The Seahawks are set to acquire this selection after agreeing in principle to trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos. With Denver sending Drew Lock to Seattle as part of the deal, the 'Hawks can use him as a bridge starter and potential future trade commodity while they groom Willis to become the face of the franchise.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)

9. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Well here we go...

Everyone expected that the pick here might be made by the Green Bay Packers. It was not hard to connect the dots between Aaron Rodgers and the Denver Broncos, given their new head coach, and expectations were high that Rodgers might find his way to the AFC West.

Instead, the pick is going to come from the Seattle Seahawks, given the news that Wilson is instead the quarterback on his way to the Mile High City. That gives Seattle the chance to look for their next quarterback, leading them to Malik Willis. Perhaps no other quarterback has helped themselves as much as Willis so far this draft cycle, from his work at the Senior Bowl to his performance in Indianapolis, and with the trade it seems like it is time for Seattle to start the rebuild, beginning with the new face at QB.

Now yes, Drew Lock was part of this deal, and adding Lock gives the Seahawks some breathing room with Willis. But at this point the Seahawks probably know what Lock is, and are more excited about what Willis could be.

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