My first 2022 NFL mock draft

December 14th, 2021 | Written by Rob Staton

I’ve been putting this off for a while.

I’ve been writing this blog since 2008 and I’ve never found it harder to craft a mock draft. A lot of this just feels… wrong.

And a lot of it will be wrong. It’s a mock draft, after all. Yet the distinct lack of obvious first round prospects this year make it even more of a guessing game than usual.

I think testing is going to have an even bigger impact than ever. Players with the potential to test brilliantly at the combine will fly up boards.

I also think we could see multiple first round picks traded for veteran players. I think teams will view 2022 draft stock as more disposable than in previous years because the value simply isn’t there in the first frame.

This mock is an attempt to portray a lot of these scenarios. I haven’t included any trades — there’ll be plenty of time for that down the road.

I’m also publishing this today because on Wednesday I am flying to Lapland and I’m not sure if there’ll be much of an opportunity to write before I return. So I’m hoping this will create a bit of debate for a few days.

A few notes before the mock…

— Increasingly it appears Aidan Hutchinson is trending towards being the #1 pick. He has the physical profile and will test through the roof. He’s had an exceptional season and probably should’ve won the Heisman (I would’ve voted for Hutchinson or Kenny Pickett). Plus it’s Detroit picking first overall — I’m pretty sure keeping him in-state will be seen as a thing internally.

— There are already reports that Houston are hoping to lose their way into the top-two. It appears a consensus is emerging that we’ve been discussing for a while. Hutchinson and Thibodeaux are the two really coveted players in this draft, then there’s a steep drop off.

— I don’t have any quarterbacks graded for round one and I think there’s a decent chance all of them will remain on the board after the first frame. I also appreciate the importance of the position could dictate at least one is taken.

Here’s the mock in list form, with notes below:

#1 Detroit — Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)
#2 Jacksonville — Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Oregon)
#3 Houston — Derek Stingley Jr (CB, LSU)
#4 New York Jets — Evan Neal (G, Alabama)
#5 New York Giants — Trevor Penning (T, Northern Iowa)
#6 New York Giants — David Ojabo (DE, Michigan)
#7 New York Jets — Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)
#8 Carolina — Bernhard Raimann (T, Central Michigan)
#9 Atlanta — Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)
#10 Philadelphia — George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue)
#11 Philadelphia — Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
#12 Minnesota — Jalen Catalon (S, Arkansas)
#13 New Orleans — Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)
#14 Las Vegas — Logan Hall (DL, Houston)
#15 Pittsburgh — Abraham Lucas (T, Washington State)
#16 Denver — Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)
#17 Cincinnati — Charles Cross (T, Mississippi State)
#18 Cleveland — Drake London (WR, USC)
#19 Washington — Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
#20 Buffalo — Kyler Gordon (CB, Washington)
#21 Philadelphia — Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
#22 Miami — Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
#23 LA Chargers — Jalen Wydermyer (TE, Texas A&M)
#24 Detroit — Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
#25 Baltimore — Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)
#26 Dallas — Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
#27 Kansas City — DeMarvin Leal (DL, Texas A&M)
#28 Tampa Bay — Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
#29 Tennessee — Trey McBride (TE, Colorado State)
#30 Green Bay — John Metchie (WR, Alabama)
#31 New England — Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)
#32 Arizona — Andrew Booth (CB, Clemson)

Notes on each pick

#1 Detroit — Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)
He’s reportedly capable of a 4.07 short shuttle which would be elite-level agility for the position. He’s also managed a 36 inch vertical jump at Michigan and a 4.64 forty. He has 14 sacks in 2021 and would be a popular pick in Detroit.

#2 Jacksonville — Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Oregon)
Thibodeaux is long, quick and explosive off the edge. He’s a prototype — with seven sacks in 11 games this season barely telling the whole story of how dynamic he is. He ran a 4.30 short shuttle at SPARQ but appears capable of testing even better.

#3 Houston — Derek Stingley Jr (CB, LSU)
He has ideal size but his testing at SPARQ was remarkable. He ran a 4.30 forty, jumped a 42 inch vertical and achieved a sensational 142.74 overall score.

#4 New York Jets — Evan Neal (G, Alabama)
Evan Neal plays left tackle for Alabama but he has a frame that looks ideally suited to guard. He’s incredibly strong and powerful at the POA but might have issues dealing with the speed rush at the next level. He can bench press 475lbs and squat 650lbs.

#5 New York Giants — Trevor Penning (T, Northern Iowa)
Penning squats 625lbs and cleans 385lbs. He’s projected to run a 5.00 forty. He sets the tone up front and the only question mark will be the level of competition he faced at Northern Iowa.

#6 New York Giants — David Ojabo (DE, Michigan)
He has great quickness off the edge, provides a solid counter when engaged and he can threaten with a great get-off and burst. He has 11 sacks in 2021.

#7 New York Jets — Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)
Despite being listed at 6-4 and 220lbs — he isn’t a thumper. He covers ground superbly, has better than expected range for his size and a nose for the football. Hamilton is reportedly capable of a 42 inch vertical and a 10-8 broad jump.

#8 Carolina — Bernhard Raimann (T, Central Michigan)
He has an ideal left tackle frame and all of the expected testing numbers for a high draft pick — 9-8 broad jump, 1.56 10-yard split, 450lbs bench press.

#9 Atlanta — Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)
An exciting combination of great size and speed, he also has freakishly big 10.75 inch hands. Burks has the look of a #1 target at the next level.

#10 Philadelphia — George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue)
He has only five sacks this season in 12 games. Yet he’s 6-4 and 275lbs, he can jump a 10-1 broad and a 37 inch vertical. He’s been timed running a 4.69.

#11 Philadelphia — Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
Davis is 6-6 and 340lbs but he will be one of the stars of the combine. He will run quicker than anyone expects and make headlines.

#12 Minnesota — Jalen Catalon (S, Arkansas)
e can play deep safety, he can come up to the LOS and make plays against the run. I can imagine him collecting picks at the next level. He plays a lot like Quandre Diggs.

#13 New Orleans — Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)
Suddenness and quickness is king at the next level and he has that natural ability to separate downfield and stretch a defense, while also being able to create early separation on shorter routes.

#14 Las Vegas — Logan Hall (DL, Houston)
Exceptional, high-ceiling talent who can play inside/out. He is a 375lbs bencher and manages 365lbs in the clean. He combines that explosive power with great quickness and size.

#15 Pittsburgh — Abraham Lucas (T, Washington State)
Abraham Lucas looks like the most athletic, agile and mobile right tackle to play in college football since Tyron Smith. It shouldn’t be a surprise — he ran a 4.30 short shuttle at SPARQ and a 5.03 forty.

#16 Denver — Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)
He’s had an incredible 2021 season with four interceptions, 22 TFL’s, eight sacks, six pass breakups.

#17 Cincinnati — Charles Cross (T, Mississippi State)
I thought his tape was a bit so-so and not particularly exciting. Teams will take a chance on anyone who looks the part at this position, however.

#18 Cleveland — Drake London (WR, USC)
He can jump a 38 inch vertical and played basketball as well as football at USC. If he runs well, he could be a first rounder.

#19 Washington — Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
I think Carson Strong is the top draft-eligible QB but a knee injury could push him down the board. Pickett is fun to watch — a gunslinger with plus athleticism. Small hands are a concern.

#20 Buffalo — Kyler Gordon (CB, Washington)
He’s capable of a 42.5 inch vertical and a 3.87 short shuttle. You better believe that’ll give him a shot at round one.

#21 Philadelphia — Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
Smooth and sticky cornerback. Testing will be big for Gardner but his tape showed a very polished performer with decent size.

#22 Miami — Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
He recorded 11.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL’s, 12 quarterback hurries and he returned a fumble for a touchdown. Length, a lean frame, get-off and speed.

#23 LA Chargers — Jalen Wydermyer (TE, Texas A&M)
He is very athletic and well sized, providing the kind of mismatches teams crave in the modern NFL. He can break the seam, get up on linebackers and safeties to exploit opportunities and he can be a red zone threat.

#24 Detroit — Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
He had a strong 2021 season but the concern with both Wilson and Chris Olave will be whether they can run fast enough at the combine. Speed matters at this position.

#25 Baltimore — Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)
Hill ran a 4.30 forty at SPARQ and a 4.13 short shuttle. He jumped a 44 inch vertical and his overall score was 143.76. His play is coming along — he had two interceptions and 4.5 TFL’s this season.

#26 Dallas — Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
A player overrated by many but still a top-40 pick. Linderbaum is an undersized brawler who was a skilled wrestler in High School — defeating Tristan Wirfs. He’s extremely agile and has been timed running an outstanding 4.22 short shuttle

#27 Kansas City — DeMarvin Leal (DL, Texas A&M)
Leal is a player you want to love but end up only liking. He has 8.5 sacks this year and he has an intriguing physical profile. He’s 6-4 and 290lbs and plays inside/out.

#28 Tampa Bay — Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
One of the most underrated players in the class. He has 7.5 TFL’s in 12 games and is capable of running in the 4.8’s while jumping a 9-3 broad and a 31 inch vertical.

#29 Tennessee — Trey McBride (TE, Colorado State)
McBride’s agility testing will determine how early he goes. He loves to block and he’s a YAC machine. He attacks the seam with long-striding acceleration but can also run corner routes and he challenges defenders with a competitive spirit when the ball’s in the air.

#30 Green Bay — John Metchie (WR, Alabama)
Tearing an ACL will be a concern for teams but the talk is many consider him a first round talent. Therefore, teams could hunt for value here.

#31 New England — Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)
Olave is a really intelligent, skilled receiver. Yet if he runs slower than a 4.4 forty — the simple fact is he’ll stay on the board.

#32 Arizona — Andrew Booth (CB, Clemson)
Cornerback is a premium position and Booth has shown to be a talented, sticky corner that teams tend to try and avoid.

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161 Responses to “My first 2022 NFL mock draft”

  1. BobbyK says:

    I would rather have Bernhard Raimann more than I’d rather have Jamal Adams.

    I would rather have Javonte Williams more than I’d rather have Jamal Adams.

    Those would have been my choices based on where the Seahawks would have picked in the draft (’21, ’22).

    Williams and Raimann would also have saved millions and millions in salary cap space over the worthlessness of Adams and his salary. It just makes one so sick, especially how good Javonte looks. Even if Raimann turns out to be a bust, it’s pretty clear Williams on a rookie contract would be so much better than Jamal being so highly paid.

    Even if the Seahawks start winning and finish by only giving up a top 15 type pick, then I’d rather have Tyler Linderbaum. He and Javonte at minimal rookie contracts vs. Jamal and his $17.5 million/year? The choice is so frustratingly obvious.

    Raimann has a little Dwight Stephenson in him with that quickness/agility. Marino loved that guy under center. Wilson would love Raimann, too.

    • Scot04 says:

      Sadly at this point I’d be happy to just have 0 cap hit & spend his money elsewhere. The two wasted 1st round picks for a position we were deep at I’ve slowly been able to adjust to.
      That feeling will change if we have the same people running things next year though.

    • Palatypus says:

      I would rather have Patrick Rapp than Jamal Adams.

  2. AlaskaHawk says:

    What is difficult about this draft is knowing that NONE of the top 32 players listed will be chosen by the Seahawks. Just keep throwing away those first round picks Pete Carroll and someday you will be a contender.

    Nice christmas wish list, thanks Rob.

    I was kind of hoping the the Rams and Cardinals would pound each other so hard that they would be weakened. But they both survived their matchup. Take aways – damn that Rams team is tough.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Did you watch the game? Seattle’s not beating either team. I mean the Rams were already without Ramsey and Higbee, and they still beat the best team in football, handily.

      And I’ll say this about Arizona – they look decidedly “Seahawky” even in the loss.

      I love my Hawks and I always want them to win, but I’m also pragmatic.

  3. Peter says:

    Six dlinemen.

    Six olinemen.

    Two HUGE issues of need and this team currently has a chance at neither.

    Really looking to get into some of these players videos just in case seattle goes full ham and trades Wilson.

  4. cha says:

    Lapland! I hope you have a Seahawks beanie.

    Have fun.

    • Big Mike says:

      Lapland! I’m guessing you won’t see much daylight up there this time of year.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      I think there’s a Lapland down by the airport, but I’m not sure having never been myself.

      Hiyo!

      • TomLPDX says:

        This made me LOL! Thanks Blitzy! And thanks for posting the content of the article below. Could you imagine how bad that locker room is at this point. Let’s hope Kahn is smart enough to make the tough decision.

  5. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What an absolutely scathing indictment of Urban Meyers.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/12/14/urban-meyer-jaguars-locker-room/

    • BobbyK says:

      Can’t read it without a subscription.

      • Roy Batty says:

        In a nutshell, Meyers is an empty suit, delegates everything and takes no blame for anything.

        He treats professional athletes like they’re on scholarships that can be revoked at any given moment.

        He does not put in much extra time, unlike most NFL coaches who put in an insane amount of extra hours each day.

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        Sorry Bobby I thought WaPo gives you a free look. Here’s the full text from the article:

        Nobody believes Urban Meyer. That’s why he’s failing.

        You’d call Urban Meyer a poseur, but he’s too evasive to hold any pose for long. His problem with the Jacksonville Jaguars seems to be mostly one of tone — he can’t seem to find a sincere one. Meyer has had to “address” his team, what, three times now over various mismanagement issues? But you can never pin any blame on him for a lousy performance or inner dissension. He’s cleaner than his white lies.

        From the very beginning, with his demeaning labeling of guys as either “Winners” or “Losers” in training camp, and his supercilious pronouncement that “Every man’s got a record,” you could tell Meyer badly misapprehended what it takes to lead in the NFL. He’s as close to a legit NFL head coach as a grackle is to an attack helicopter. The difference between pros and the worshipful spaniel-eyed kids Meyer barked at in college is that high performers in the NFL are almost impossible to manipulate with dishonest or counterfeit slogans. What turns their performance is the truth.

        Nobody believes a word Meyer says. He’s 2-11, he bailed on his team after a loss to go grinding in a bar, and he doesn’t even seem to know which of his players rotate in and out of the game or why. Asked Monday whether safety Andre Cisco will see more action, Meyer replied: “Cisco is playing a little bit more, I believe. I don’t have his numbers in front of me.” Cisco wasn’t on the field for a single defensive snap against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

        And in that moment, it became entirely understandable why the Jaguars’ staff is leaking like an oil spill with stories about Meyer’s shallow conceits and over-his-head incompetence.

        Ever since Meyer was lured off a TV set by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, he has been spouting airy platitudes that have as much substance as a young-adult novel. He could get away with that at Ohio State and Florida, backed by administrations willing to tolerate his mismanagement-scandals, such as 31 arrests among the Gators and coddling an alleged domestic abuser on his staff with the Buckeyes. He recruited top talent, benefited from a lot of mismatches and coated it all with organizational bromides. But it’s becoming clear that he knows absolutely nothing about real-world, elite competitive character. Don’t ever forget that he ran off Joe Burrow in favor of Dwayne Haskins — and labeled Haskins the can’t-miss prospect.

        Imagine you’re a veteran in his locker room who has to listen to his froth about a “plus-two mentality.” What’s a plus-two mentality, you might ask? “If we ask you to go 10, go 12,” Meyer said. “When we ask you to go five reps, give us seven. It’s just a way of thinking.”

        Actually, it’s just a way of blustering.

        Hear how that must land on the ears of Malcom Brown, a seven-year veteran defensive tackle who spent four seasons with the champion New England Patriots under Bill Belichick and another two with the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton. And now you have to listen to this hoaxer. Imagine you’re Jacob Hollister, the tight end who fought his way onto the Patriots’ roster as an undrafted free agent, and then made the playoffs with the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll, too. Or wide receiver Tavon Austin, who has worked under Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams and Matt LaFleur with the Green Bay Packers. Or Jaydon Mickens, the ultimate effort guy whom Bruce Arians elevated from his practice squad to win a ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

        You want these guys to give you two more reps, do you? You want them to elevate their mentality to your loftier standard?

        • Blitzy the Clown says:

          Ooops my bad I didn’t finish…

          Meyer seems to have no awareness that his locker room is already populated by over-strivers with extreme mentalities. Every man on the practice field is in the rare 1.6 percent of those who made the transition from NCAA to NFL because they went the extra mile. They work in a league in which the injury rate is 100 percent and their contracts aren’t guaranteed. Here is what Meyer knows about elite effort: He hit .182 as a baseball farm leaguer before he went to the University of Cincinnati as a walk-on in 1985, where he made exactly two tackles.

          The good NFL coaches begin exchanges with the fundamental mind-set that their players want to be great — and if their effort flags it’s usually because they’re discouraged by poor working conditions or a boss they don’t trust. The phrase “locker room talk” is associated with crudity, and there’s no question that exists. But the conversational tone within a championship NFL organization is highly nuanced, too, and the best NFL coaches speak the truth — in a language of diagnosis and distinction, not excessive recrimination or blame-shifting. Above all, they understand that the best performances don’t come from demand but rather from mutual belief in one another’s work.

          If Meyer has lost the Jaguars’ locker room, and it appears he has, it may be because he managed it with something close to disrespect for the professionals who inhabit it. He demands an extra two reps and then takes a night off in a bar. He preaches personal responsibility and then ducks his own. “I’m very demanding of our coaches and expect guys to be held accountable for their positions,” he said Sunday. Like he’s the only demanding guy in the building. Like he’s the only one with standards. Small wonder if the disrespect has become entirely mutual.

  6. Big Mike says:

    So Rob had the Jets taking the Safety from Notre Dame. Imagine if he ends up being better than Adams…………oh wait, not hard to imagine. Anyway, it could end up the Jets get 2 firsts and a third for the peacock and then draft a guy better than him with but one of those picks.

    • bmseattle says:

      …and cheaper.

      • Scot04 says:

        At this point they won the trade even if no draft picks were even involved.
        Just avoiding having to pay him the 17.5M.
        It’s just sad what unnecessary desperation trade has cost this team.

  7. Ben M says:

    LOL – KT to Jacksonville where careers go to die and/or never take off. Perfect for an over hyped player. But hey, at least he’ll test well in the underwear olympics.

  8. DriveByPoster says:

    Rob,

    i appreciate that, barring the top two or three, a mock is a bit of a crapshoot at the moment. So a bit of a left field question & just out of interest, with the Giants picking at 5 & 6, is there any particular benefit about the order they select players. I am guessing not, but you never know!

  9. Roy Batty says:

    Jordan Davis will have my undivided attention at the combine.

    That kid is big, fast and has the right attitude to thrive in the NFL.

  10. Mike says:

    Man this quarterback class is garbage, so unfortunate.

  11. TheOtherJordan says:

    Hutchinson should be the first pick. Thibodeaux’s twitter announcement of his departure would make me wary as a GM.

  12. cha says:

    IG: JosinaAnderson
    @JosinaAnderson
    · 54m
    I’m told #Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. has tested positive for COVID19, per league source.

    • cha says:

      Adam Schefter
      @AdamSchefter
      ·
      1h
      Now due to COVID, the Rams have closed their training facility and have entered the NFL’s intensive protocols.

  13. Palatypus says:

    Chris Olave has New England written all over him.

  14. clbradley17 says:

    Thanks for posting an early mock draft Rob. So hard to do one this early: pre-combine, pro days and Senior Bowl. Almost every one I’ve seen you do for several years has a possible Seahawks pick as well, even last year when we also started in the 2nd round. If we don’t trade Russ and start again in the 2nd, what OL or DL could you see us taking with our high 2nd round pick? Side note: heard Tony Pauline also mention recently TL at center is not impressive and the #2 in his opinion is the center from Oregon, and he thinks he’s a 4th rounder. Thanks again.

  15. Rob Staton says:

    Just to let you all know, we’ve had to cancel the holiday

    I’m sat here in a hotel near Manchester Airport. My wife became very ill when we arrived here. We don’t know whether it’s flu, covid or a stomach virus. Either way she’s been advised to get a PCR test and it means travelling abroad is a non starter. We thought about me going solo with the kids but this was supposed to be a special family holiday. I also don’t want this to be covid and then me and the kids get it and be forced to quarantine in Finland.

    So instead of a break we’ve been looking forward to for 14 months, I’m now trying to find out what the hell I need to do with the insurance company to claim it all back, if that’s even an option.

    I probably still won’t write this week because the disappointment is gut wrenching. Apologies.

    • Paul Cook says:

      Sorry to hear that. For what it’s worth, my best wishes to you.

    • cha says:

      That’s awful Rob. Sorry to hear that. Getting sick around vacation time is the worst.

      But the most important thing is keeping her safe and well. Hope it is nothing serious.

    • 12th chuck says:

      sorry to hear that, family first

    • BobbyK says:

      That sucks. So sorry.

    • Mick says:

      Rob, so sorry to hear this. Best health to your family!

    • Really hope you and your family will be okay, man.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Really sorry your vacation plans are spoiled and family health uncertain. Hang in there.

    • ElPasoHawk says:

      Wishing your wife a speedy recovery and some kindness from those that you prepaid for tickets,etc.

    • BruceN says:

      That’s awful Rob. Very sorry to hear that. I hope it’s nothing serious and your wife recovers quickly. It stinks to cancel the vacation you’ve been looking forward to. Be safe and I hope the insurance company cuts you a break.

    • Scot04 says:

      Don’t worry about the writing. Just sorry to hear the wifes ill & no trip.
      Hopefully just a regular bug & better soon.

    • Big Mike says:

      Sympathies to be sure my man. Hope she’s back to health soon and myou and nthe kids don’t come down with anything.

    • TomLPDX says:

      Sorry to hear that your wife is ill. Hope she will be ok and the rest of you don’t get it.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Sorry to hear that, Rob. Wish your wife and your family well and will say a prayer for you all.

      And please, don’t even think about worrying about us/the blog at this time. Besides, you already gave us an interesting mock draft to chew on all week.

    • James Cr. says:

      That sucks Rob. Hopefully your wife feels better soon.

    • jed says:

      Best wishes to your wife. Good luck with the insurance company. Hope the kids are understanding and you can find some fun stuff to do this week.

    • Olyhawksfan says:

      Hope your wife feels better very soon!

    • Peter says:

      I think the best way to work your way out of this situation is steadily grind your way through a three round mock draft.

      I kid.

      This sucks Rob. Here’s hoping it’s nothing to big to have to worry about health wise and the rest of you stay healthy.

    • pdway says:

      that really stinks. hope she feels better and you get a make-up vacation soon. you are much appreciated around here.

    • Ashish says:

      So sorry to hear that, hope your wife feels better soon. It is disappointing but have fun as a family, take day trips once your wife feels better.

    • God of Thunder says:

      Hope it’s nothing serious. Hope you get to Suomi another time.

    • Rowdy says:

      That’s horrible man. Absolutely can’t go with out wife though. Hope you guys can make the best of it.

    • Tomas says:

      Best wishes to all.

    • swedenhawk says:

      sorry to hear that, Rob. wishing you and your family well.

    • Mexican Hawk says:

      Sorry to hear Rob, wishing you and yours the best out of unfortunate circumstances. To better times!

    • Julian Langdon says:

      Sorry to read you’ve had to cancel such a great holiday. That’s rough.

  16. Ryan P Purcell says:

    Sorry to hear that your holiday are wrecked. (Hope it can be rescheduled and best wishes in any event!!) Tough to make plans these days. Thanks for posting.

  17. Justaguy says:

    Simply amazing! The mock was an early Christmas present. Thanks Rob
    If the Jets were smart they would trade out of the top five. I think they could obtain on of those Philly picks.

  18. Andrew M says:

    Brutal, gutwrenching, unneccessary. Really hope your family dresses well soon.

    Hope says you return shortly, which coaches would you rate here:

    Pete Carroll
    Josh McDaniels
    Doug Pederson
    Sean Peyton
    Brain Daboll
    Byron Leftwych
    any other Offensive Coordinator in the NFL
    any other college coach
    Some coordinator not named

    • Rowdy says:

      If wilson is here, you have to put nagy down as well. One of Wilson’s hand pick coaches he wants to play for.

  19. UkAlex6674 says:

    The draft content is second to none on here. Since I found this blog it has totally elevated the whole experience of it for me. So thanks Rob 🙂

  20. JJ says:

    Rob,

    That sucks. Last year my wife and I missed out on a three week trip through southeast Asia and I have been waiting for a chance to travel abroad again. Hope your family is well and take care.

  21. Sea Mode says:

    Don’t waste a second, Jody…

    Tom Pelissero
    @TomPelissero
    ·1h

    Source: NFL owners officially passed the resolution on a one-year trial basis allowing head coaching interviews in the last two weeks of the regular season. Interview requests can go out starting 8 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 28. Employer clubs can deny.

  22. Sea Mode says:

    Finally carrying all those TEs pays dividends! Hooray for 3 TE sets!

    Bob Condotta
    @bcondotta
    ·Dec 14

    Colby Parkinson played 8 snaps Sunday. But Seattle scored TDs on two — both of Rashaad Penny’s TD runs, each coming out of formations in which Seattle had three tight ends on the field.

  23. Sea Mode says:

    Lance feels the same:

    Lance Zierlein
    @LanceZierlein
    ·Dec 13

    You better get your magnifying glass out to find the “weaknesses” section on Arkansas WR Treylon Burks.

  24. Big Mike says:

    Carson Strong declares for the draft as expected and will skip Nevada’s Bowl Game.

    • Roy Batty says:

      Do you think this year will see a record number of players skipping bowl Games?

      I hope so. Unless it’s a playoff game amongst the top 4, who cares?

      • Roy Batty says:

        Famous Idaho Patato Bowl? Boca Raton Bowl?

        Really?

        I could see some bowls being fun to watch, if there are two high scoring teams with gunslingers leading them. Otherwise, if it ain’t your alma mater, meh…

        • Peter says:

          The general banality of the playoffs and the business of draft grading I think is going to lead to increased players skipping bowl games. If I had a 1st-3rd grade and could spend my time training for the draft or playing a meaningless games I’d go for the former.

    • Big Mike says:

      Within this article there’s also a link to a BR article that lists the worst trades of the decade it’s the first one discussed.

    • TomLPDX says:

      Let’s beat this dead horse until there is nothing left to beat.

      • Big Mike says:

        Well if your comment is directed to me, so be it. You’re absolutely entitled to be tired of hearing about it. OTOH, I’m entitled to not stop commenting until the people responsible for the abomination of a trade are gone as well as the guy all the picks were wasted upon.
        If your comment is directed at the writers of these articles, all I’ll say is this is the type fallout you’re going to see when you make a trade like this. The Hershel Walker trade is still talked about. While I doubt this one will last that long, it’s going to continue to be discussed for a minimum of several more years.

        • Peter says:

          Third round not withstanding. Potentially two players with a four year (rookie contract) overlap both making less than Adams to have cap savings for other positions.

        • TomLPDX says:

          Not against you my man. Just the story line. So tired of hearing it. But you’re right, those responsible need to be held accountable for it. Don’t let this define the Seahawks in their latter days. Such a sad commentary.

          • BobbyK says:

            They used to be defined by smart moves (trading for Lynch and Clem, drafting Wilson, Sherman, Kam, etc.) but now they’re defined by Jamal Adams and their worthlessness wasting money on crap free agents, never mind all the first round busts.

            Part is luck, but part is HAVING a long-term vision to do things right vs. NOT having that vision. They just try to band-aid crap together now days and it’s been so easy to see/predict.

            • bmseattle says:

              “…but now they’re defined by Jamal Adams and their worthlessness wasting money on crap free agents, never mind all the first round busts.”

              This is so true.
              Unfortunately, having a high profile “bust” of a move (that the whole league talks about), is something that can really cement a legacy, in a bad way.
              People will remember this regime differently now, rather than if they’d just drifted away after a couple of down seasons.

            • Starhawk29 says:

              I don’t disagree with you that they’ve failed repeatedly recently. The era is over. But they did make moves like this before. Percy Harvin, save for one epic play in the super bowl, was a disaster. The Jimmy Graham trade was a serious bummer. In contrast, the Diggs, Clowney, and Justin Coleman/Marcus Burley trades were shrewd successful moves.

              The Jamal deal remains a fireable offense. It was a desperate move that will continue to set back the team as long as he plays for them. But I will say it’s not perfectly black and white, even recently.

    • swedenhawk says:

      PC saving face? nah… we all know that Adams’s value as a player cannot be quantified! It’s all in the intangibles, the ‘juice’ that he brings; that’s what makes this trade so terrific! 🤦

  25. cha says:

    Pete Carroll just said one of the reasons the defense has given up so many yards is because the special teams is so good, pinning them back deep.

    Good night.

  26. cha says:

    Nathan King
    @NathanKing247
    Seahawks QBs coach Austin Davis to be named Auburn’s new offensive coordinator https://247sports.com/college/auburn/Article/auburn-offensive-coordinator-austin-davis-178194720/

    • Big Mike says:

      Good for him. A chance to take a step forward in coaching.

      • TomLPDX says:

        That’s a big step, especially since they just lost their QB from this year. Hope he does well.

        • Roy Batty says:

          The QB carousel is in full effect this year. Every day you read about a new one entering the transfer portal.

          Hopefully they choose wisely and find the right program to showcase their strengths.

  27. BruceN says:

    Meyer out as Jags head coach. Bevel finally lands a HC job (interim).

    • BruceN says:

      Just remembered he got the interim job last year too (in Detroit). What are the odds of getting two interim HC jobs in back to back years?

    • swedenhawk says:

      another shot at interim head coach? good for him. I wonder… is he still rocking the frosted tips?
      even though Shahid Khan always seems to get it wrong, he’s bold and wants desperately to win.
      it’s unclear whether the same can be said about Jody Allen.

      • Hawk Finn says:

        I would propose trading our entire coaching staff for a blue chipper, but I don’t see Shad Khan parting with MJF.

    • TomLPDX says:

      This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Bevel is a jinx for whatever coach he is working for. (I kid!)

  28. Sea Mode says:

    lol Brady…! 😂😂

    This is about the point we’ve reached with all the “how good is Bobby Wagner?” questions.

    Brady Henderson
    @BradyHenderson
    ·7h

    Perennial All-Pro Bobby Wagner, in his 10th year, leads the NFL with 152 tackles.

    DC Ken Norton Jr: “When he wakes up, every step he takes, every move he makes throughout the entire day is connected to being a really good football player.”

    But what about every breath he takes?

  29. Roy Batty says:

    If this team loses to the depleted Rams, that should be the final straw for Allen.

    Last year’s playoff exit against a team fielding a QB with a broken thumb was bad enough, but losing to a team with 16 players in protocol? Will they even have a TE available to play?

    Then there’s the fact that the Rams met virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday, not in person. Even if they can practice together today and tomorrow, it will be shortened and nowhere near as effective as a regular practice.

    It would be completely demoralizing for the Seahawk players to lose to them. So much more than a normal defeat to the Rams.

  30. Sea Mode says:

    Agree?

    “If Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay, he has to be the missing piece,” Cowherd said. “There’s only one place for that. It’s the Denver Broncos.”

    “Green Bay does not want him in the NFC I can assure you that,” the radio personality continued. “Denver’s a team that can give up four first round picks.”

    “Cornerbacks, got ’em covered,” Cowherd noted. “Two good tight ends. Javonte Williams now, they’ve added a running back. Two good running backs. They have a good left tackle. They have an edge rusher… All the things you need, and most of them are young.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheHerd/status/1471184134811037696

    • Big Mike says:

      Wouldn’t that division be something else with Mahomes and Herbert and Rodgers and to a lesser extent obviously Carr.

    • GoHawks5151 says:

      Yeah. But I think they aren’t the only one. You can make argument that the Browns and Titans are a QB away too I think.

  31. cha says:

    I really can’t get my head around this conversation with Salk and Jeremy Fowler.

    https://sports.mynorthwest.com/1543766/nfl-insider-breaks-down-potential-seahawks-futures-of-carroll-wilson/

    Fowler seems absolutely befuddled that the team has fallen on their face this year, and there is a very strong undercurrent in the discussion of appealing to authority. Pete has a huge legacy, they wouldn’t just cut him loose, he’ll get to decide his future, he’s beloved in the building, etc. And there’s barely a whiff of a mention about Russell Wilson’s ability to have a say in the situation.

    When Salk asked Fowler about where they’re short in personnel he rightly pointed to the OL and barely nods in the direction of the defensive line not playing well and the running backs being injured. No mention of the corners or you-know-who.

    Very, very odd.

    Then Salk turns his attention to player moves and immediately says ‘you have to be ruthless and make the moves you think you need to win’.

    The whole slant was pro-management. And that’s a pretty hard case to make that management has no hand in the current team’s mess.

    • clbradley17 says:

      Last week on Brock and Salk, he was adamant that Pete isn’t going to get fired or leave and it’s just one bad year. John Clayton is the same way on his cold hard facts shows all year with Dave Wyman. He refuses to think that Pete or Russ are going and it’s all just rumors.

    • Paul Cook says:

      I barely listen to Salk these days, but it seems like he has a very poor relationship with reality now. It’s one thing to be a national guy and not quite know the in and outs of the state of a particular franchise, but to be a local sports guy and either not know what’s going on right in front of your eyes, or to choose to ignore so much of it for some such purpose is just plain bad journalism.

      • Roy Batty says:

        Mercifully, my coworkers agreed to listen to Dan Patrick in the mornings, now.

        They have all come to understand how incredibly bad Salk is. How he is simply a conduit for what Pete wants the fan base to hear. How Salk makes a good chunk of money from kissing a little butt in order to stay in good standing with Pete. At times, critical of nearly every single other aspect of the team, except Pete.

    • Big Mike says:

      Remember folks, 710 is the team’s flagship station. Those game broadcasts mean revenue beyond the typical drive time sports talk, etc. They have no intention of rocking the boat that the cash cow sits in.
      I’ll ask again, why aren’t you guys listening to KJR? Are they that bad?

      • Paul Cook says:

        I used to listen to Mitch in the Morning when I worked out before he got canned for his indiscretion. He was a good interviewer and had the best guests.

        • cha says:

          The Daily Schnoz was my favorite segment.

          There’d be a big national story and he’d call a local insider who could give us the details on it. I always learned something about the story – something extremely rare on sports radio.

          • Paul Cook says:

            Yup. His football regular guests were an a-list of local and national guys, and he also covered professional golf which I liked in his Mitch way as well. He knew what was bull crap on his show.

        • bmseattle says:

          HIs “Mitch Unfiltered” podcast is very good, fyi.

  32. MoBo says:

    Lockett and Collins placed on Reserve/Covid list

    • TomLPDX says:

      Let’s hope DK and Penny don’t go on the list…

    • Paul Cook says:

      Of course it couldn’t be Swain and DJ Dallas.

    • Mick says:

      We could do without Collins but we have 0 chances without Tyler.

    • Roy Batty says:

      Wow. So, like a lot of pro teams in different leagues, this might only be the beginning of the list.

      I guess we shall see in the next 24 hours.

    • pdway says:

      so, I live down in LA… and all of a sudden it feels like everyone has it.

      Like 10 people from my office, and also…my wife, who is double-vaxxed/boostered and seems to be doing fine (just feels like she has a cold). I’m negative so far, and feel totally normal….but it’s definitely a weird thing to have someone quarantining in your house.

      • Paul Cook says:

        I hope she gets by okay. Is she taking any of the new meds for her symptoms? I’m starting to prepare for myself getting it.

        • Paul Cook says:

          …even though I, like your wife, am doulbe vaxxed and boosted with Moderna.

          I don’t get these anti-vaxers. After Saturday. I will have gotten seven vaccine shots this year, three for Covid, two for shingles, one for the flu, and one for pneumonia. You mean you can protect me from these things? Jab me. LOL

          • Big Mike says:

            That’s how I feel too. Got Shingles a couple of years ago and both doses kicked my ass for a day. Covid vax hasn’t done shit to me tho. Guessing a Covid shot will be a yearly thing like the flu shot.

            • bmseattle says:

              My wife and I are unvaxxed, though I fully suspect we will die from covid eventually.
              Or get sick from it.
              Or be asymptomatic from it.

        • pdway says:

          thanks…she’s doing fine. still pretty much like a cold.

      • McZ says:

        Everybody will get infected, sooner or later.

        Vaccination lessens the chances of hospitalization and death. Every measure taken is being made to flatten the curve of infections, but the area under that curve has the same size.

        SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. It’s a fast evolving zoonotic breed, a moving target nobody can stop.

  33. JimQ says:

    There are a couple of bowl games on TV this Friday and Saturday that may have several nice prospects for the Seahawks — to consider– in the coming draft. They should both be pretty exciting games. This is Just a heads up for those that may be interested.

    Friday Dec. 17, 2021.
    @ 3:00-PM (PST) on ESPN2HD, Chan. 209 Direct-TV. “The Cure Bowl”.
    No. Illinois (9-4) vs: Costal Carolina (10-2)
    ——-No. Illinois is a very young team w/o many notable Jr/Sr’s. as draft prospects, fairly good as a team.
    ——-Coastal Carolina has 3 guys I’ll be watching very carefully:
    ****MY Players to watch****
    (1) QB-Grayson McCall, 6-3/210, RS-Soph, -IF- he declares maybe a Rd-3/4 Seahawk? Why Not?
    2021: 10-games, 211/154/73%/12.1-YPA/23-TD’s/3-INT, 207,95-QBR, 21.1-ATT/G, 255.8-Yds/game.
    **#1 in FBS** in YPA & QBR + 83 rushes for 250-yds/3.01ypc/4-TD’s. = A very, very efficient QB.
    (2) TE-Isaiah Likely, 6-4/240, Senior, A very speedy “move” TE (or maybe WR?) w/++production.
    2021: 12-games, 52/816/15.69-ypc/10-TD’s, Career: 126/1954/15.5-ypc/25-TD’s.
    (3) WR-Javion Heiligh, 6-2/200, Senior, 2021: 12-games, 59/1034/17.53-ypc/7-TD’s, As a Rd-7/UDFA?

    Saturday: Dec.18, 2021.
    @ 8:00-AM (PST) on ESPNHD, Chan. 206 Direct-TV, “The Boca Raton Bowl”.
    ——-Appalachian St. (10-3) vs: Western Kentucky, (8-5) An interesting matchup, passing vs: running
    ——-Western Kentucky: Primarily a volume passing team that runs some.
    ****MY Players to watch****
    (1) QB-Bailey Zappe, 6-2/220, Grad/SR, **JUST WATCH HIM PLAY**. As a Rd-3/4 QB? Why Not?
    2021: 13-games, 639/442/69.2%/5545-yds/8.7-ypa/56-TD’s/11-INT, 167.55-QBR, 49.2-att/game/426.5-yds/game. ****He’s about to break NCAA records**** for career passing yards (16000+) & TD’s (60+).
    (2) WR-Jerreth Sterns, 5-9/195, Jr., Reminds me a lot of Lockett’s skill set at times, with deceptive speed.
    2021: 13-games, 137/1718/12.54-ypc/14-TD’s. Zappe’s #1 go to guy. An inside/outside WR.
    **NOTE**Stearns *leads FBS* in Receptions (137), total yards (1718) and Yards per game (132.2)
    (3) DE-DeAngelo Malone, 6-4/240, Sr., Needs to add weight/strength, but likely a rd-5/6 prospect.
    2021: 13-games, 88-tkls, 16.5-TFL, 8.0-Sacks, 3-PBU, 6-QBH, 4-FF
    Career: 58.0-TFL’s, 31.5-Sacks & 8-FF. A Multiple time DPOY in his conference.
    —-Appalachian St. is primarily a young “pounding” running team that passes some but fairly balanced.
    (1) RB-Nate Noel a Soph. 2021: 196/1075/5.49-ypc/4-TD’s
    (2) RB-Camerun Peoples a Jr., 2021: 153/825/5.39/14-TD’s. (Note his odd first name!)

    QB-Zappe/WR-Sterns & QB-McCall/TE-Likely – will all play very well & will be well worth the watch -IMO-.

  34. cha says:

    Los Angeles Rams
    @RamsNFL
    ·
    2h
    LA Rams Transactions:
    • Placed T Tremayne Anchrum Jr., DB Antoine Brooks Jr., G Bobby Evans, DB Jake Gervase, LB Von Miler, LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DB Kareem Orr, LB Troy Reeder, LB Christian Rozeboom on Reserve/COVID-19 list

    • 12th chuck says:

      hopefully hawks can squeak a win out this weekend and move from3% to 5% playoff chances. loss by saints Minnesota, 9ers giants and panthers we could move up to 15% chance

    • Big Mike says:

      Scans list frantically for “Aaron Donald”……doesn’t find it. Resigns himself to Wilson having no pocket Sunday and a likely loss.

  35. swedenhawk says:

    I’ve got the feeling that Sean Payton is going to be coaching in Jacksonville next season.

    • Hughz says:

      Not a chance. He’s not going to that dumpster fire.

      • JJ says:

        I have heard Culpeppers name as a potential coach there and with the talk we have had about finding an offensive minded coordinator to pair with Russ he might be interesting.

  36. swedenhawk says:

    He might do as long as Big Trev is still there.

  37. AlaskaHawk says:

    The latest injury report:

    The Seattle Seahawks will be short-handed at receiver against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

    Seattle’s top four receivers — Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Freddie Swain and Dee Eskridge — were all unable to practice with the team on Thursday. Lockett, along with running back Alex Collins, was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday after testing positive. Metcalf, Swain and Eskridge were all sidelined due to injuries.

    Metcalf (foot/back), Eskridge (foot) and Swain (ankle) have all three yet to practice this week. Metcalf has typically been getting at least one day off a week as he’s managed his foot injury. The back issue is a new addition. Swain’s absence on Thursday was also attributed to a non-injury related personal matter.

    The only receiver from their active roster that participated in practice on Thursday was Penny Hart, who has seven total catches in his career for 56 yards. Six of those catches and 53 yards have come this season for Seattle.

    The Seahawks have four receivers currently on their practice squad in Cody Thompson, Aaron Fuller, Cade Johnson and Matt Cole. Thompson and Fuller have been practice squad elevations previously and have spent all season on the team’s practice squad. Johnson has spent most of the year on the squad with Cole a new addition this week.

    It sounds like they will be running the ball with Penny a lot.

  38. Peter says:

    Just read the three round mock posted on USA Today’s site ftom yesterday.

    They had Seattle taking: Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Penn State

    At first I laughed but then I cried into my coffee a little.

    6′ 1″, 206 Safety. After watching a highlight reel and one game it pains me to say that he looks like a really solid pick. Good coverage. Powerful tackler. Will make plays, legally, to take players out. Unlike the “vaunted,” db class from CO a few years back, think: tedric thompson, ahkello witherspoon, where they all were afraid of contact…..brisker seems to relish in it.

    The coffee tears were from the standpoint that Seattle has busted so hard on the position and their own really good safety, Diggs, will most likely be priced out by their other Safety, no names mentioned, that Seattle yet again with a million other needs could realistically select Brisker and I for one would completely get the pick……which sucks.

  39. cha says:

    Brandon Gustafson
    @TheBGustafson
    ·
    15m
    Some #Seahawks injury updates from Pete Carroll’s talk with
    @RaibleKIRO7
    on
    @KIRORadio
    this AM:
    -Shell a gameday decision but likely won’t play
    -Eskridge “should be fine”
    -Homer will be back
    -Peterson likely won’t play as he hasn’t been practicing
    -Mone also a gameday decision

  40. Rohan says:

    Rob, is Will Anderson not a first round pick?