Monday, May 16, 2022

Seattle Seahawks Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 24.8 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 23 (
  • Worst ranking: 27 (ESPN)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Players who benefited most from draft: QBs Drew Lock and Geno Smith

Not selecting a quarterback with any of their nine draft picks wasn't a vote of long-term confidence in the Seahawks' current options. It was instead a reflection of how the Seahawks simply weren't sold on any of the options in what was a lousy draft for quarterbacks. But that still means Lock and Smith won't have to compete with a highly drafted rookie as they battle to replace Russell Wilson. Baker Mayfield is still out there and could potentially be signed on the cheap if he's released by Cleveland, but for now it remains Lock and Smith. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 27

There's a plausible scenario in which Baker Mayfield still eventually lands with the Seahawks, but it's far from a sure thing following Ian Rapoport's report that Seattle's interest in the Browns QB is "lukewarm at best." And if that's true, it might be time to recognize the very real possibility that Pete Carroll and John Schneider are preparing for a post-Russell Wilson world with Drew Lock and Geno Smith as the options under center. Perhaps this makes sense. It feels like Carroll has been dying to lean back into his ground-and-pound preference for years, a theory propped up by a draft class that saw the Seahawks add two tackles and a running back in the first three rounds.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Without Russell Wilson, they are way down here. They must really believe in Drew Lock since they passed on taking a quarterback in the draft.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Quick history lesson -- the last season (2011) Pete Carroll didn't have QB Russell Wilson or Wagner ... he still had a hungry, young team that featured a top-10 defense and went 7-9 with Tarvaris Jackson throwing most of the passes.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Things have certainly changed in Seattle since February. Russell Wilson is gone, and the Seahawks are prepared to move ahead in 2022 with either Drew Lock or Geno Smith as the starting quarterback. (Seattle did not draft a quarterback, nor does it appear to have significantly pursued trading for Baker Mayfield.) So, where does this leave the Seahawks this season? A lot further from a Super Bowl than they ever were with Wilson.

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