Life without Russell Wilson is in full swing for the Seahawks. Now comes their first big opportunity to lay the groundwork for the next era of their organization as the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The three-day event will be pivotal for General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll and the rest of their staff after essentially betting on themselves to course-correct following a worst-in-7 effort -10 a year ago. That put Seattle last in the NFC West for the first time since joining the division in 2002, further reinforcing the need for a big change this offseason.
With $26 million of Wilson’s contract still on the books for 2022, accounting for the majority of the team’s $44.5 million dead money, Schneider and company haven’t been able to accomplish much in agency. free this spring. Instead of rebuilding their roster from scratch, the Seahawks have focused most of their energy on retaining their own free agents and have been successful in that endeavor more often than not. But major needs, including the quarterback position, are still littered throughout this list.
Some will be completed via the draft this weekend and Seattle is already in motion making its first of eight scheduled selections at the No. 9 pick on Thursday night. At the end of each game in the event, this page will be updated with the ratings of all Seahawks picks.
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Round 1, Pick No. 9: Charles Cross, T, Mississippi State
After opportunities to trade up and down the board collapsed, the Seahawks stayed at No. 9 to make Cross their first top-10 selection since 2010. The Laurel, Mississippi native, who became the third tackle tackle Thursday night, was considered by many to be the best pure pass protector in the class this year, after a season in which he allowed just 2.0 sacks on 16 pressures against the competition from the SEC. Question marks are present over his ability to execute a block after being the victim of an airstrike in Mississippi State, but Seattle is confident in the athleticism and football IQ to adapt. to a professional system without too many problems. Cross will play most of the 2022 campaign at age 21, providing the Seahawks with top-notch potential talent for years and years to come at one of a football team’s most important positions: left tackle. So while it may have been painful to see the likes of Alabama tackle Evan Neal, Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner and Oregon passer Kayvon Thibodeaux come off before his pick Seattle should always be thrilled to have a player like Cross in tow.