With the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft set for this Thursday, most teams are getting set to finalize their draft boards and address glaring position needs. The Seattle Seahawks are a team that is on the rebuild, but they have too many talented players to tank. The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time this past season since 2017. They have been to the NFL playoffs eight of the last ten times Russell Wilson has been their quarterback. With the Seahawks back in the first round, they have a chance to address some of their glaring position needs early in this mock NFL Draft. After a solid rebuild, the Seahawks could be back in the playoffs. Here are the top four picks in the first three rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft in the 4.0 Mock Draft from Camden News.
Seattle Seahawks Three Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
QB Malik Willis (Liberty) – Ninth Overall
Malik Willis NFL Draft Profile
The Seahawks could find their replacement for Wilson in the first round in Liberty’s Malik Willis. He is the quarterback in this draft class that resembles the most characteristics of Wilson. Willis possesses tremendous arm strength, speed, dual-threat capabilities, and the ability to diagnose the playbook and the field. He also possesses great instincts to beat the opposing defenses in an instant.
The Seahawks could try to tank for a 2023 NFL Draft elite quarterback prospect like Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud or Alabama’s Bryce Young, but they are too talented at the skilled offensive positions as they could luck out of a top pick. Many NFL analysts have regarded Willis with the highest ceiling of this rookie class. If he gets a chance to learn the system, he could be a great investment and franchise quarterback for Seattle.
OT Daniel Faalele (Minnesota) – 40th overall
Daniel Faalele NFL Draft Profile
One of the biggest things on the wishlist for Russell Wilson in the last off-season was a more efficient offensive line. Outside of 36-year-old tackle Duane Brown, the offensive line for the Seahawks was highly inefficient. The offensive line gave up 46 sacks last season, eighth in the league.
If Alabama’s Evan Neal is available with the ninth overall pick, Seattle should take him. Otherwise, the Seahawks could be in reach for Daniel Faalele, a massive behemoth of a blocker. Faalele measures at 6-8; 384 pounds and can overpower a defender in the passing and rushing game. He will need to develop at the professional level to avoid being beat by speedy edge rushers, but Faalele has raw skills that can make him a boulder at the edge of the line.
DL Logan Hall (Houston) – 41st overall
The Seahawks took a big hit at the defensive line this NFL free agency. Seattle is losing out on Carlos Dunlap and Rasheem Green. They needed depth at the defensive line, but they also needed youth and talent. The Seahawks had the seventh-lowest quarterback pressure percentage in passing situations last season at 22.1%.
Logan Hall is a versatile and explosive defender who can consistently crash into the backfield. Last season, Hall accumulated 47 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and six sacks. At 6-6; 283 pounds, Hall is a defensive line that can play the strongside defensive end or the three-technique defensive tackle. Adding a reliable and consistent defensive lineman can benefit the secondary that will be returning its main starters.
WR Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama) – 72nd overall
Jalen Tolbert NFL Draft Profile
Wrapping up this Seattle Seahawks mock draft is Jalen Tolbert. It is clear that star D.K. Metcalf wants to be a key player in the franchise moving forward. Even with Metcalf and Tyler Lockett returning, the Seahawks need more support at receivers. The Seahawks only have three pass-catchers returning in 2022 that caught more than two touchdowns last season. Seattle could give their new starting quarterback another dynamic playmaker at receiver in Jalen Tolbert.
Tolbert was a matchup nightmare in his four seasons at South Alabama, as his athleticism, agility, and ability to contend for the catches made him a reliable receiver. Tolbert caught 146 receptions for 2,559 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last two seasons at South Alabama. Tolbert’s impact in the passing game makes him a sleeper pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft for the Seahawks.
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