NFL Draft 2022 — Live Blog — Round 1

April 28th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

Welcome to the live blog for this year. I’ll be posting my reaction to every pick on here, including longer-form analysis of the Seahawks pick (or picks?).

Don’t forget — I’ll be doing an instant reaction live stream immediately after the first round concludes.

NO tipping picks in the comments section

#1 Jacksonville — Travon Walker (DE, Georgia)
It’s indicative of this draft class that a player who many thought ‘might’ be a first rounder four months ago has been selected first overall. He’s long, powerful, physical and explosive. He’s a great athlete but is he twitchy enough to bend and straighten to really threaten in the speed rush? That would be my question.

#2 Detroit — Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)
A superb fit. Hutchinson not only fills a huge need for the Lions but his character and attitude perfectly fits the culture they’re trying to create in Detroit. He’s never going to be Myles Garrett. He is going to be really good though — extremely solid and productive. Great pick.

#3 Houston — Derek Stingley Jr (CB, LSU)
This shouldn’t be a surprise. He is a remarkable player and probably the most talented in the entire draft. He would’ve been #1 on my board. When I spoke to my league source (who had scouted Stingley Jr extensively) on the day of the LSU pro-day, he was gushing about him as a player and a person. He felt he was better than Patrick Surtain, taken ninth overall a year ago. The only concern was the Lis Franc injury. Forget the last two years though, that was never a big concern given Covid and what happened at LSU. In this draft, he is worth taking a chance on this early.

#4 New York Jets — Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
The Jets go cornerback — which was always a possibility but they can’t rush the passer. I thought Stingley Jr was the better corner but Gardner is a good player with the kind of confidence you want in a top corner. He will help set a culture for the defense. But again, they need a pass rusher. That’ll be a big target for the Jets (along with receiver) with their remaining three high picks (#10, #35, #38).

#5 New York Giants — Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Oregon)
They clearly feel comfortable with three tackles on the board — this ensures they get one at #7 and nobody can trade up to #6 to prevent them taking Thibodeaux. I noted in the podcast earlier it was 50/50 he went in the top-five and 100% he went in the top-10. The talk of him falling was massively overrated. He’s extremely talented and just very business orientated. He needs to succeed in football to make the business stuff work so what’s the problem? Good pick for the Giants — he has great potential.

#6 Carolina — Ikem Ekwonu (G, NC State)
I think Ekwonu is a guard, not a tackle. They’ll try him at tackle of course. Eventually though I think he’ll kick inside. That would be his better fit for me. I suspect they really wanted to trade down, couldn’t and went with what they considered the best value. It’ll be interesting to see if the Giants go for Evan Neal or Charles Cross next.

#7 New York Giants — Evan Neal (T, Alabama)
The top offensive lineman for me, the Giants played an absolute blinder here. Getting Thibodeaux and Neal is a home-run for them, setting the foundation for success in the trenches. The man who drafted Brandon Scherff, Scot McCloughan, told me Neal reminded him of his former #5 overall pick in Washington. He could play left guard and be dominant. He can play either tackle spot. Great pick.

#8 Atlanta — Drake London (WR, USC)
There was always a chance Atlanta took a receiver here. I found it really hard to judge London given his lack of testing numbers. He’s big and made plays on tape but again, how big is the upside without the testing? The Falcons clearly believe he can be something special but I’m curious to see if he’s more Mike Williams than Mike Evans.

#9 Seattle — Charles Cross (T, Mississippi State)
I’m really surprised and will admit, I got this totally wrong. I never expected the Seahawks would take a left tackle who played in the air-raid offense, who isn’t explosive and doesn’t have the kind of size the LA Rams’ tackles had. A lot of people like him but I was never a big fan. But, as we’ve also been saying, they were going to take a tackle with one of their early picks because they had two glaring holes. I wish Evan Neal had lasted here, instead of Cross.

#10 New York Jets — Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
The Jets were always expected to take a receiver with one of their high picks but I’m a little surprised they did it here instead of taking Jermaine Johnson. Wilson is talented, quick but I found it strange how he often contorted his body to make catches harder than they perhaps needed to be.

#11 New Orleans (v/WAS) — Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)
The Saints gave up third and fourth round picks to move up. I bet Seattle would’ve liked an offer like that. They move up to get a needed quick receiver. The rush on receivers is happening.

#12 Detroit (v/MIN) — Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)
I can’t believe the Lions traded up twenty spots and only had to give up a third (there was also a swap of seconds). That’s incredible. They needed a receiver badly and arguably get the best one here. Given how they little they gave up, kudos to them.

#13 Philadelphia (v/HOU) — Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
Whichever team drafted Jordan Davis was always going to be excited. This is a great selection for the Eagles and the teams they will face in their division. He has a shot to be great at what he does for a long time. He’s just never likely to be a pass rusher.

#14 Baltimore — Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)
The Ravens always have a knack of finding value. I’m not the biggest fan of Hamilton and they’ll probably be disappointed to miss out on Jordan Davis. But a lot of people had Hamilton down as the best player in the draft. Given it’s a need, it’s not a bad fit at all. Bizarrely, the Ravens have also traded up to #23 with Arizona.

The Cardinals trade for Marquise Brown
Wow — Arizona dealt #23 to the Ravens for the rights to Brown (who played with Kyler Murray at Oklahoma). The Cardinals also get a third round pick in return. Big move by the Ravens. I think they win this trade personally.

#15 Houston — Kenyon Green (G, Texas A&M)
I’ve never really ‘got it’ with Green. His testing results were truly awful. He will be an outlier if he succeeds. And outliers happen — but they aren’t that common. He’s just a big lump of a guard really. I can’t believe he’s gone this early before Zion Johnson.

#16 Washington — Jahan Dotson (WR, Penn State)
Ok, now the draft has gone nuts. The Brown trade, the Green pick and now this. I think Dotson is decent at everything and not brilliant at anything. Taking him at #15 overall is pretty remarkable for me. They passed on Olave and Williams to make this move after trading down.

#17 LA Chargers — Zion Johnson (G, Boston College)
Great pick by the Chargers. This is how you do it. Incredibly explosive, perfectly proportioned. Could be tried at tackle or guard. A very, very good player who will likely play for a long time. Terrific run blocker.

The Eagles trade for AJ Brown
Wow, wow, wow. The Titans have dealt A.J. to the Eagles for a first and third round pick. No wonder the Eagles didn’t want to trade up for a receiver. The deal gives Tennessee #18 and a third rounder. Is now a bad time to remind everyone that Seattle paid twice as much for Jamal Adams? The Eagles are giving him $25m a year. So are you ready to give Metcalf $25m a year?

#18 Tennessee (v/PHI) — Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)
The Titans immediately replace Brown with Burks. So they’ve basically opted not to pay Brown $100m over four years. Now they’ll pay a rookie about $14m over four years. The receiver market in free agency is shaking the foundations of the NFL. It really makes you wonder what Seattle is going to do with Metcalf. Burks’ testing results were poor but on tape he did look a lot like Brown.

#19 New Orleans — Trevor Penning (T, Northern Iowa)
He was connected to the Saints a fair old bit. Can he play left tackle long term? The Saints think so, unless they’re going to move Ryan Ramczyk across. He’s big, very athletic and very explosive but has to work through technical flaws and learn to play with greater control.

#20 Pittsburgh — Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
The Steelers make their choice and it’s Pickett. He gets to stay at home, playing in the same stadium he’s played in for the Panthers. He’s a better athlete than people give him credit for, his personality matches the team and he does a lot of things well. He just doesn’t really wow you.

#21 Kansas City (v/NE) — Trent McDuffie (CB, Washington)
The Chiefs move up from #29 in a deal with the Patriots. There was talk of the Chiefs liking Kyler Gordon. I suspect this is a case of them sensing an opportunity to draft a player they perhaps thought wouldn’t be available, so they’ve moved up. McDuffie reminds me of Byron Murphy and he might need to play in the same kind of role. Very likeable player on tape and during interviews.

#22 Green Bay — Quay Walker (LB, Georgia)
I really like Walker. He’s going to play for a long time. He’s a dude — big, quick, physical with range. You can’t go wrong drafting these Georgia defender. This is very early though. Very early. I’m surprised he’s gone here. I suspect the Packers are being caught out big time by all these receiver moves. Who are they going to throw the ball to next season?

#23 Buffalo (v/BAL, ARI) — Kaiir Elam (CB, Florida)
He’s big and athletic. I think he needs to ramp up his effort and you can get him to bite on double moves. When I watched him during the season I always kind of felt like you wanted to see more. He tested well though, suggesting some upside potential.

#24 Dallas — Tyler Smith (T, Tulsa)
He’s aggressive and he’s intelligent but I thought he looked like a tackle destined to shift inside to guard and his testing mark was underwhelming. He’s just not that good defending the edge. This was a trendy mock pick. I had him graded in round three.

#25 Baltimore (v/BUF) — Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
Some teams just get it when it comes to the draft. Baltimore are one of those teams. For me, this is a great pick. They just drafted someone who will fit here for the next 8-10 years. The Ravens part ways with an underachieving receiver and come away with two holes filled with Kyle Hamilton and Linderbaum. Bravo, Baltimore. You’ve done it again.

#26 New York Jets (v/TEN) — Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
The Jets come away with Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson. What a day for them. What a tremendous day. Incredible. This is how you build. Joe Douglas is building something and played a blinder in the Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold trades.

#27 Jacksonville (v/TB) — Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)
He was a really difficult evaluation. When I was writing my mock I couldn’t place him. I couldn’t decide whether he was late teens or late 20’s. He’s not an amazing athlete, he has unorthodox technique but he’s amazingly productive.

#28 Green Bay — Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
This is an amazing pick by the Packers. He is outstanding. They’ve drafted two Georgia players. I mocked Wyatt to Green Bay because he’s an ideal fit for what they look for and I was told by my source a really good team late in the first ‘loved him’. I didn’t get a name but I figured it was Green Bay. I’ll say it again. Draft Georgia defenders. They are really good.

#29 New England — Cole Strange (C, Chattanooga)
Explosive offensive lineman. They tend to get bumped up. Strange did exactly that. I thought they’d take Zion Johnson for the same reason but LA took him at #17. They move down and take a player who tested in a very similar way. I really liked this guy — quality player with a lot of upside.

#30 Kansas City — George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue)
My source said some people view Karlaftis as basically a poor man’s Aidan Hutchinson. I think his run defending is far, far worse than Hutchinson’s and he’s not as twitchy off the edge. He’s really quick though. Tremendously and surprisingly quick. And he causes opponents problems with his deceptive burst.

#31 Cincinnati — Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)
This is a bit of a surprise. He was expected to go in round one and he’s extremely competitive with great agility testing. I’m not sure a versatile defensive back was necessarily the expectation here — not with good interior D-liners still available.

#32 Minnesota — Lewis Cine (S, Georgia)
I can still barely believe the Vikings traded down 20 spots — with a division rival — only to get back a third rounder and a swap of second rounders. That’s incredible. I really like Cine. He’s a heady, intelligent player who hits like a hammer. And one more time — you can’t go wrong when you draft these Georgia defenders.

899 Responses to “NFL Draft 2022 — Live Blog — Round 1”

  1. KennyBadger says:

    Cheers 🍻!

  2. JimN says:

    Thanks Rob for everything you do! Day has arrived!

  3. Gross MaToast says:

    There was talk of some undefined problematic behavior with Corral that is likely to cause him to drop. This was from some Fox radio show, but they said information would likely come out after the draft.

  4. 206 says:

    Cheers!

  5. UkAlex6674 says:

    All I will say is if we come away with a DE or Stingley at 9, Lindebaum and Kenneth Walker in R2 I will be happy. I would also like Michael Clemons.

    But if no one available at 9 then I can see possibly 2 trade downs so we end up with a first round pick in mid-twenties while picking up a couple of extra early day 2 picks.

  6. Sea Mode says:

    Pete Carroll
    @PeteCarroll
    ·25s

    The 3 Rules will never change but next up is “New Rules” by @DUALIPA
    #SeahawksDraftClues #NFLDraft2022

    • Sea Mode says:

      Maaaaybe Stingley: the old CB “rules” being broken. (32″ arms, not drafting early)

    • LetLockCook says:

      Did the new transfer rules allow Jermaine Johnson to transfer and play immediately at FSU?

    • TrenchWarfare says:

      I’m guessing they’re sticking and drafting Kyle Hamilton or trading down to get Lewis Cine.

    • SoCal12 says:

      3 = Russell Wilson
      Rules = Matt Rhule

      New Rules = We’re going to swap picks with the Panthers to secure the next Rusell Wilson.🙃

    • Sea Mode says:

      “Don’t pick up the phone” was in there. Could mean they’re not trading out (unable to or don’t want to).

      I also noticed the hotel in Miami beach. Another Florida reference for Johnson…?

  7. NAF1080 says:

    Rob been following for 10+ years. You are the best by far in Seahawk land!!
    I am as intrigued for this draft as any because of the “RESET”
    LFG!

  8. KD says:

    I don’t have cable. Does any one have a link to a live stream that I don’t have to sign up for?

  9. SoCal12 says:

    Cheers everyone. Thanks to Rob for all the work as always.

    Feels like Christmas Day but you’re like 60% you were a naughty kid so the possibility of coal is very real.

  10. 206 says:

    I’m preparing to be let down

  11. Jabroni-DC says:

    If Thibodeaux was on the board at #6 would the Seahawks attempt a trade up with Carolina to get him?

  12. Burner says:

    Please God let this be true…

    @JoshNorris
    Kenny Pickett to the Texans has MAJOR juice on DK right now

    +2000 at 3:48
    +800 at 6:30

  13. Goms says:

    Does every fan base prepare to be let down and hate the pick? Or just us?

    • SoCal12 says:

      As meh as our picks have been recently, I am glad I was not a Green Bay fan that had to go through Jordan Love in the first.

  14. Rob Staton says:

    I’ve spent five minutes, which is five minutes too long, thinking about the draft clues.

    I think all it means is QB next year and new defensive scheme — thus the first pick will be defense.

    At least that’s what I’m clinging too…

  15. GaiusMarius says:

    Here we go, buckle up!

  16. Big Mike says:

    Just finished cooking and eating my version of chicken fettuccine and settling in now.

  17. Robbie says:

    Put the damn Jags on clock already 🙂 lol

  18. Rob Staton says:

    No tipping picks in the comments section please.

    I can’t moderate and write. Please don’t ruin this for everyone else.

  19. bv eburg says:

    ESPN or NFL network?

  20. Hoggs41 says:

    If we are hoping for a chance at Thibodeaux we want Walker to go #1

  21. bmseattle says:

    Just confirming, NFL network beats ESPN for the draft coverage, correct?

  22. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Red 5 standing by….

  23. Jabroni-DC says:

    Rumor that I’m making up is Dallas trades #24, #88 & a 2023 1st rounder to move up to #9 for Johnson. Jerry Jones ain’t getting any younger.

    Between Houston, Philly, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Green Bay or Kansas City, someone has to move up with us…right?

    If we pick at #9 it’ll be an early night for me.

  24. bmseattle says:

    Wow… Goodell just happening to see Ice Cube and invite him up seems totally organic and unscripted!

  25. Blitzy the Clown says:

    And here we go…

  26. Rob Staton says:

    I like Charles Davis

  27. KD says:

    Before we all inevitably drown our selves in sorrow and anger, just remember that the last Seawhaks first rounder to make a big, significant difference in this team’s success was probably Earl Thomas. Tonight is not the be all, end all….. but I’m nervous anyways :/

  28. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I think JAX goes Walker instead of Hutch

  29. AlaskaHawk says:

    I suppose with TV programming and ads to sell we will have to wait 10 minutes for every pick? Seems likely.
    Been so long since they had a first round pick LOL.

  30. Rob Staton says:

    They’re playing the UK’s favourite song… Sweet Caroline

  31. Sea Mode says:

    3rd clue

    Pete Carroll
    @PeteCarroll
    ·3m

    “Beautiful” by @SnoopDogg
    #SeahawksDraftClues #NFLDraft2022

  32. KD says:

    *Singing along to Sweet Caroline* Y’all know the origin of that song? Look it up and tell me you don’t get creeped the hell out the next time you hear it.

  33. Robbie says:

    Detroit wasting now time! WOW.

  34. Troy says:

    Great against the run and epic athleticism which has high pass rush upside drafted number 1…Clowney flash backs, I woulda gone with Hutchinson.

  35. Big Mike says:

    OK, the expected is out of the way, now it starts to get interesting

  36. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I think Houston will take Evan Neal over Icky and Stingley.

  37. MoBo says:

    No surprises so far. Let’s see what the Texans have in their minds. Pls don’t take Stingley

  38. Allen M. says:

    Two EDGE off the board so there’s that. Let’s go, Seahawks!

  39. Rob Staton says:

    Fair play to Aidan Hutchinson. Not many people can pull off a dark shirt with a suit like that.

  40. Rob4q says:

    Final Seahawks draft! Made multiple trades but ended up with some nice options…

    9. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE Florida State

    29. Devonte Wyatt, DT Georgia

    56. Abraham Lucas, OT Washington State

    72. Zach Tom, OT Wake Forest

    88. Dameon Pierce, RB Florida

    118. Aaron Hansford, LB Texas A&M

    141. Jack Coan, QB Notre Dame

    145. Jaylen Watson, CB Washington State

    153. Spencer Burford, OT UTSA

    202. Devin Harper, LB Oklahoma State

    229. Andre Miller, WR Maine

    243. Brevin Allen, EDGE Campbell

  41. Sea Mode says:

    And so the dream dies.

  42. Big Mike says:

    Now where did we hear Stingley was the best CB in the draft?

  43. JJ says:

    Rob,

    Do you get credit for Texans taking Stingley?

  44. Chris says:

    As long as we don’t pick penning I’ll be happy

  45. JC3 says:

    Stingley is gone so 9 picks is gaining value.

  46. KD says:

    Wow, the rumors about Stingley were true. Dissapointed that he’s gone as a #2 after JJ

  47. TomLPDX says:

    Wow, this is going quickly!

  48. JLemere says:

    Called it Mr. Staton.

  49. JimN says:

    ROb is doing well team wise! 3 for 3!

  50. Sten says:

    Stingley going makes a trade-up way more likely for an offensive lineman that will drop as a result, it’s not a bad thing at all

  51. KD says:

    Just jet the Jurassic Park franchise RIP please

    • KD says:

      stop trying to dig it up and clone it constantly

    • God of Thunder says:

      This is a metaphor for the Cleveland Browns, no? lol

    • Leo says:

      I was done with the franchise by 1997 but I have to say, seeing t-rexes roaming around the Vatican eating people does tickle my childish whimsy

      • Morgan says:

        I watch the JP movies like this:

        Zoned out, zoned out, zoned out, DINOSAURS WOOO! Zoned out, zoned out, zoned out, DINOSAURS OMG YES Zzzzzzz

  52. SeahawksFanSince1995 says:

    Looking like we’re gonna be one pick short of a stud.

    Neal, Ekwonu, Sauce, Thibodeaux, Johnson are all going to go before 9.

  53. GaiusMarius says:

    Wow…I really shouldn’t judge the fan areas at the draft, but the Jets fans are sort of lackluster…

  54. TomLPDX says:

    Amazing! 2 CBs in the first 4!

  55. Tecmo Bowl says:

    Sauce at 4! Yes!!! Neal or a pass rusher!

  56. Allen M. says:

    This is shaping up great if you want an OT…so far.

  57. Max Morrison says:

    Looking promising an edge rusher or top 2 tackle falls

  58. KD says:

    At this point it’s KT, JJ or bust for getting an impact defensive player at #9

  59. HawkFan907 says:

    Neal, Ekwonu, Cross, Thibodeaux, Johnson all on the board. At least one will be available when we picks (fingers crossed it ISN’T Cross)

  60. Rob Staton says:

    Gardner coming off the board doesn’t help re: Pass rush

    Makes it more like the Giants take one of the top four pass rushers at #7

    And I’m worrying a little bit now about Charles Cross. Do not want.

  61. Hawkdawg says:

    Gotta figure the Giants are good for one of those OTs…and probably KT or JJ if they keep both picks……

  62. Trevor says:

    Gotta think Johnson or Thibodeaux are there at
    9

  63. Steve R says:

    I like the way it’s shaping up for us! Let’s hope thib and Johnson keep dropping!

  64. Gary says:

    “With the 9th pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select … from Florida State, defensive end Jermaine Johnson!”

  65. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Love this kid Sam!

  66. Blitzy the Clown says:

    D’OH!!!!

  67. Big Mike says:

    Don’t think JJ lasts. Maybe Neal?

  68. KD says:

    JJ or bust now 🙁

  69. Seahawkwalt says:

    Crap…

  70. Sten says:

    Is there a way Neal makes it to 9? I’m not sure Johnson gets there…

  71. Sea Mode says:

    Now let’s start some of those overrated OL coming off the board pls and thank you…

  72. Blitzy the Clown says:

    JJ or trade down for me I don’t care who else on the board.

  73. Henry Taylor says:

    This is not going our way atm

  74. HawkFan907 says:

    Come on Falcons…. take a WR and leave JJ for us!

  75. Max Morrison says:

    That NYG pick means Johnson is likely not available. We are looking at the worst case scenario for Hawks at 9.

  76. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I’m not at all interested in Neal or Icky. Sincerely hope neither is the pick at 9

  77. Ashish says:

    Two more teams need to pass on JJ

  78. Leo says:

    I love this kid haha

  79. Scot04 says:

    Please, please no Cross

  80. Steve R says:

    Carolina is looking to move down. They are working the phones hard.

  81. pdway says:

    all defense through 5… feels like a while since that’s happened

    we need an OT, but it’s never the fun/exciting pick

  82. KD says:

    Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit smoking
    Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit drinking <— you are here
    Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines
    Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

  83. Roy Batty says:

    Looks like Carolinas war room is waiting for phones calls.

  84. Sea Mode says:

    Cardboard cutout, acceptable version:

    https://twitter.com/Seahawks/status/1519833684429352960

  85. Rob Staton says:

    Just a reminder…

    But as I said on my podcast earlier, my source said Ekwonu in the 7-9 range, Cross in 8-12.

  86. Hawks4life says:

    I smell a trade down or Penning… hope I’m wrong

    • Joe says:

      Hope it’s both if we end up with Penning. If they take Penning, I hope it’s one of multiple OL picks.

  87. KennyBadger says:

    Gotta hope JJ is there or we get a hell of a deal and reap the rewards of a deep draft later.

  88. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I think CAR and NYG will take back to back OLs (Neal then Eckwonu) and ATL will take Jermaine Johnson at 8.

  89. Matt says:

    Hopefully they made good headway on a trade down, the only players left possibly worth sticking at 9 for are Johnson and I guess possibly Neal? Not sure how he fits in Seattle.

  90. JD says:

    Would Falcons go OL? Probably not right? Lots of investment in recent drafts.

  91. Big Mike says:

    OK G-men, take Cross leaving us Neal or JJ

  92. Max Morrison says:

    Please have Neal / Johnson there at 9. Praying ATL take a WR

  93. Tecmo Bowl says:

    Trade up with NYG

  94. Chris says:

    We need the giants to take cross

  95. Scot04 says:

    This is looking like Jermaine to NYG & Neal to Atlanta

  96. JD says:

    So Evan Neal will be available hopefully if NYG goes Cross. Will we take him if JJ goes to ATL or trade down. Going to be interesting.

  97. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Rob, if Johnson and Neal come off on the next two picks, you have to trade down to pick up Penning rather than just draft Cross, right?

  98. Henry Taylor says:

    Never thought it would be possible, but I wouldn’t mind Neal at 9…

  99. Trevor says:

    Giants take Cross and the Hawks are in a great spot.

  100. Zane says:

    I have a sinking feeling Atlanta takes JJ. Makes too much sense.

  101. Ryan says:

    Rob, prefer Cross or Penning if Johnson and Neal are gone?

  102. Max Morrison says:

    Rob…. Is a WR going before our pick at 9?

  103. Big Mike says:

    Now our only hope is WR to Atl
    Shit

  104. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Rich Eisen sounds pretty dumb saying “a QB has been passed over for 7 picks so far…” in this draft

  105. SoCal12 says:

    Time to be nervous.

  106. Sea Mode says:

    Come on, ATL, take a WR!!!!!

  107. KD says:

    OK, Neal gone. ATL better take a WR here or else we are going to have a problem

  108. Henry Taylor says:

    Man this hurts us, the league seeing what we see on Cross. Take a WR Falcons!

  109. Hawkdawg says:

    Gotta think Neal to NYG now….

    • Hawkdawg says:

      Short and curlies now…. WR for Atlanta or a trade down. Although it may be that the trade down market isn’t very good, given the absence of them so far…

  110. Kenny Sloth says:

    Is Charles Cross an option still? Wouldn’t mind

  111. Scot04 says:

    Hope Seattle goes defense regardless of what happens

  112. Rob Staton says:

    I’ve never wanted Charles Cross and never expected them to take him either

    I really hope it isn’t him at #9

  113. Robbie says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m soooo flipping nervous. All my distain for Penning and it could end up being Cross. Please let JJ fall and we jump all over it!

  114. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Watch ATL take a WR then Seattle passes on JJ and trades down 🥴

  115. Leo says:

    Giants didn’t mess around, Thibodeaux and Neal is one heck of a haul to fix their trenches

  116. Roy Batty says:

    Well, since no trades so far, does that mean an eager team will make a bold trade with Seattle?

  117. MountainHawker says:

    About to find out what direction this franchise wants to go

  118. Sea Mode says:

    Falcons pick is in… 😬

  119. Peter says:

    ATL….please Wr or get weird and get Willis

  120. Seahawkwalt says:

    Here we go.. pls WR to falcons

  121. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL. GOTTA BE A WR FOR ATL.

  122. GoHawks5151 says:

    Anyone watching the Seahawks war room? Please no disgusting look again

  123. WallaSean says:

    Could they still blow it and trade back?

  124. Jabroni-DC says:

    Davis, Johnson or trade down por favor.

  125. Big Mike says:

    YES!!
    Don’t overthink this Pete!!

  126. Blitzy the Clown says:

    OMG

  127. SoCal12 says:

    I’m prepared to be disappointed with the pick anyways.

  128. Ross says:

    JJ still there. Let’s go!!!!

  129. Sea Mode says:

    Lets gooo!!!!!!!!! Run to that podium!!!!

  130. Seahawkwalt says:

    Sweeeeet
    Don’t screw this up hawks… take Johnson

  131. Peter says:

    Let’s go!!!!

  132. Sten says:

    I swear don’t get cute!!! Don’t do it!!!!

  133. Tecmo Bowl says:

    Take Jermaine right now!

  134. Buf says:

    Let’s gooooo!!!

    C’mon jermaine johnson

  135. Roy Batty says:

    Holy crap, this could happen.

    JJ

  136. KD says:

    OK PETE! DON’T GET CUTE DAMMIT! JOHNSON IS THERE. TAKE HIM NOW!

  137. KennyBadger says:

    RUN TO THE PODIUM

  138. Leo says:

    Please don’t overthink this John, please

  139. Robbie says:

    I legit just peed my pants. GET TO THE PODIUM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  140. Ukhawk says:

    Yes!!!

  141. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I like Drake London but I think this is a big reach

  142. Sneekes says:

    Damn, I’m nervous now. Just take JJ.

  143. Henry Taylor says:

    JJ still available, your move Seattle!

  144. MoBo says:

    Don’t mess this up. Just pick JJ! Come on

  145. Roy Batty says:

    I wanna see “Pick is in” RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  146. Scot04 says:

    Take Jermaine take Jermaine please

  147. Trevor says:

    Jermaine Johnson was #1 on my Hawks big board. For gods sakes PC/ JS run to the podium and take that man!

  148. bmseattle says:

    Are they smarter than the room?

  149. D says:

    run to that podium and take jj

  150. joe says:

    TRADE is my guess

  151. Cheese22 says:

    The pick should already be in.

  152. 206 says:

    They are gonna take this down til the final minute taking calls.

  153. Rob Staton says:

    Draft Jermaine Johnson

  154. Charles Hirsch says:

    Run Forrest run!!!!!!!

  155. seaspunj says:

    c’mon PC/JS Jermaine Johnson please D End this dont mess it up

  156. Noah says:

    Put Johnson’s name on the card right now

  157. Chris says:

    Not good

  158. Romeo A57 says:

    J.J. Please

  159. Seahawkwalt says:

    I think we are trying to trade down crap

  160. RugbyLock says:

    Still on the clock…

  161. TrenchWarfare says:

    Gonna be a lot of whining around here. Pick is in…

  162. Max Morrison says:

    Seems there is no trade options. Let’s take JJ

  163. bmseattle says:

    I don’t like this

  164. Scot04 says:

    Worried we’ll see a trade or Cross over Johnson.

  165. Joe says:

    Did they just say our mast famous fan is Michael effing Buble???

  166. Peter says:

    Get off the f—— clock!!

  167. Seahawkwalt says:

    Please, Jermaine Johnson. It is not worth it to trade down

  168. Roy Batty says:

    Pete looks relaxed.

  169. Big Mike says:

    Why do we get stuck with a commercial b4 every Seahawk pick?

  170. Space Chief says:

    Why do I get the feeling Jermaine isn’t the pick?

  171. Ryan says:

    Not Cross. Not Cross. Not Cross.

  172. Hoggs41 says:

    That clock is like molasses.

  173. Mike McD says:

    All of the draft blog is rooting for JJ right now.

    HUGE moment!!!

  174. Tyler says:

    Commercial break. Of course.

    I really hope they don’t overthink this.

  175. 206 says:

    A trade down does not necessarily mean a loss, BUT, the wrong pick here is a horrible sign for the direction of the team

  176. Big Mike says:

    Remember Pete, you said pass rush was top priority

  177. joe says:

    Jodi Allen sitting next to PC on the Seahawks live stream. VERY interesting

  178. Sea Mode says:

    Crap, commercial

  179. samprassultanofswat says:

    The Hawks are trading down. Carroll says pass rush is a priority. He is full of crap.

  180. joe says:

    a lot of movement just happened on the phones

  181. Poli says:

    Johnson or bust

  182. Richard aka DesertSeahawk says:

    Jermairne Johnson II

  183. Sea Mode says:

    Pick is in!!! JJ JJ JJ JJ pls pls pls

  184. RugbyLock says:

    The pick is in…

  185. 206 says:

    pick is in!

  186. Blitzy the Clown says:

    They’re applauding something in the war room

  187. Seahawkwalt says:

    The pic is it in!

  188. joe says:

    round of applause. something happened

  189. samprassultanofswat says:

    Pick is in. No trade.

  190. Ukhawk says:

    For the love of god…longest break ever!!

  191. Trevor says:

    Anyone but Cross or Penning !

  192. InTheKnow says:

    Cross… just awful

  193. Henry Taylor says:

    God I’m nervous

  194. Mr drucker in hooterville says:

    Let drew cook!

  195. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    PICK IS IN! NO Trade! Please get this right!!!!!

  196. Seahawkwalt says:

    Is there a link to the Seahawks war room

  197. Aaron says:

    Cross!?!?

    😱😱😱😡😡😡🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  198. STTBM says:

    They’re gonna screw this up, aren’t they?!

  199. Big Mike says:

    Yep, pass rush is a priority
    unfuckingreal

  200. Blitzy the Clown says:

    OMG NO! NO! NO!

  201. Sea Mode says:

    Welp

  202. Roy Batty says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM!!!!!

  203. Scot04 says:

    F***! I’m so tired of Pete & John

  204. dand393 says:

    Nooooooooooooooo

  205. Buf says:

    God dammit

  206. seaspunj says:

    Nooooo CROSS EFFING NOT MY HOPE

  207. chet380 says:

    who knows — maybe another Okung.

    • Peter says:

      A one contract player

    • STTBM says:

      Dude made one lousy Pro Bowl. Not what you want from a top 10 pick. This guy isn’t even that good.

      Good news is about the time Cross is getting benched for his last year under contract, Pete and JS will be fired and we’ll have a new, actual, Owner. I hope…

  208. joe says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  209. Tony says:

    Fire pete carroll…

  210. Gross MaToast says:

    welp…

  211. Seahawkwalt says:

    This blows

  212. Ukhawk says:

    Gosh darn it (edited) ?!#%!

  213. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I’m at a loss. What a freaking joke. I’d prefer Penning at 9

  214. Glor says:

    Son of a

  215. Chris says:

    Welcome to the Pete and John show

  216. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    FUCK.

  217. Big Mike says:

    Another joke move of the offseason

  218. Scot04 says:

    F***! I’m so tired of Pete & John

  219. Wink says:

    lol Russ is fuming right now

  220. MoBo says:

    All the excitment is gone. Bullshit Franchise

  221. JLemere says:

    LMFAO

  222. bv eburg says:

    Everything out of Pete’s mouth is garbage.

  223. Hawkdawg says:

    Do not understand this pick. Nothing exceptional about this guy.

  224. Trevor says:

    PC/JS make it very hard to be a Seahawks fan. The one player I did not want the Hawks to take today was Cross and sure enough he is a Seahawk.

  225. HOUSE says:

    Surprised by this… I think that means Brown isn’t back

    • KSB says:

      I recall reading here I think it was that the Hawks were in contract negotiations with brown. When asked by the media how that was going? Pete and John didn’t seem to like that question.

      I now wonder if Pete & John’s ideal draft would have been them trading down a few spots and still made this pick?

  226. Big Mike says:

    You gotta be ecstatic if you’re in the Jest war room. You know they taking Johnson

  227. STTBM says:

    Okung made one damned Pro Bowl. Not a great pick. This dude isn’t even that good…what a waste.

    I hate Pete Carroll and John Schneider.

    • Billy says:

      Yeah Super Bowls and winning seasons suck. John and Pete are horrible… bring back Ken Behring and Tom Flores!!!

  228. seaspunj says:

    I feel extremely disappointed and this is not gonna be the future identity

    Jermaine Johnson will have more impact vs Cross

  229. bv eburg says:

    Same old shit, different year.

  230. Cheese22 says:

    Please be a trade!!

  231. joe says:

    NOOOOOOOOOO. i feel horrible. disgusted. going to have to tread water as a fan…..

  232. BA says:

    Brutal. But I guess this is exactly what people wanted. Pretty sure Pete just makes picks out of spite

  233. PennHawk says:

    I’m thrilled. Cross has been my guy throughout the process. Seems like the anti-Tom Cable.choice.

  234. Leo says:

    Drafting in the top 10 is basically the only chance you get to get a true blue-chip pass rusher, so of course we pick a project tackle when Duane is sitting at home….

  235. SoCal12 says:

    It is really interesting the dichotomy of the reaction here to the Cross pick vs. everywhere else.

    • BA says:

      Because the prevailing narrative is that we don’t invest in o-line, and this pick is designed to pander to the casual fans who buy into this narrative. Pete is more interested in pandering and playing the media than picking an actual impact player.

      • SoCal12 says:

        I’ll be honest I think that is an emotional overreaction take. I think Pete likes him as a football player and thinks he will work with whatever they’re trying to do. I would’ve preferred a different pick too, but I don’t think these guys are picking guys based on fan reaction and to personally spite us or anything like that.

  236. Rob4q says:

    First time picking in the top 10 in forever and you take Cross??? We can only hope that he becomes a top LT in the league…otherwise this was a mistake that they won’t recover from…

    • TrenchWarfare says:

      Wouldn’t you hope that any player they draft becomes one of the best at their position? Not getting why instant reactions matter. We hated them when the media crapped all over the Hawks in 2012 but we love them when we as fans or bloggers post them? Give these young men a chance to play.

  237. Allen M. says:

    16 pressures, 2 sacks allowed in over 700 pass blocking snaps. NICE. I like the Charles Cross pick.

  238. Big Mike says:

    “Pass rush is the top priority”
    Pete Carroll after the season

  239. joe says:

    i feel horrible. disgusted. going to have to tread water as a fan…..

  240. Henry Taylor says:

    This is the anti=seahawks pick. The guy everyone likes, that still isn’t good.

  241. Jabroni-DC says:

    At least we got the throw away pick over with. Now our real draft starts.

  242. Richard aka DesertSeahawk says:

    Now it’s Pete and John’s Cross to bear…

  243. Chase Cash says:

    Not who I wanted but at least they are attacking the trenches!

  244. Justaguy says:

    Rob, thank you for all the amazing content and hope you brought. I really, honestly appreciate it. Problem is I can longer cling to a sliver of hope with this ownership. I just cannot do it until change is made at the top. Farewell and God bless until the real rebuild begins

  245. Magmatizer says:

    Wow, did not see Cross as our first pick. Any chance they trade back into the 1st?

  246. D says:

    its better than penning at least

  247. Steve R says:

    Boooooo! I’m glad it’s not Kyle Hamilton and some weird scheme to switch him to corner I guess. I want JJ though. He reminds me to much of Kwame Harris.

  248. Qoolio says:

    When I hit refresh to check the pick, I got an error that said “Bad Gateway”. Somehow I knew it was an omen for the pick, and it turns out I was right. Bad start to the draft…

  249. CaptainJack says:

    I felt ecstatic joy when atlanta picked drake london and Jermaine Johnson was on the board. Now I feel crushing pain. Feels like watching a seahawks game. Pain…

  250. Charles Hirsch says:

    Trade back in round 1 for jj?

  251. Big Mike says:

    We’re overloading the server

  252. Sea Mode says:

    Saints just traded up to 11 with WAS

  253. Gomhawk says:

    Well much better than Penning. They must have rly changed their OL philosophy. This is the guy RW would have wanted. Maybe best blindside protector in the class but with a big ? In terms of run blocking and not exactly a tone setter.

    • BA says:

      A skillset that will particularly come in handy when we throw the ball 20 times a game max.

      • Gomhawk says:

        Exactly, I’m not angry. Just confused. Also a bit relieved cuz it could have been worse. Was stoked JJ was still there. Now just no QB

  254. Pran says:

    Cross for Russ. Pete continues to surprise year after year.
    Is this Pete’s pick or JS?

  255. Bobby54 says:

    Tackle makes sense here. More Day 2 options at Edge

  256. Blitzy the Clown says:

    The only thing that could make tonight worse is if Seattle trade back into the end of the first to select Ridder (or even Corral), so I’m expecting it.

  257. Roy Batty says:

    I kept mumbling, “Not Malik Willis, not Malik Willis.”

    My wife was like, “Who’s Malik Willis?”

    At least now I don’t have to tell her

  258. Matt says:

    Well what a disappointment. Worst value of Rd 1 so far. Wait until Jody Allen sells and Pete Carroll retires to get too worked up about it. They’re in a holding pattern as long as Vulcan owns it. Go watch something else.

  259. God of Thunder says:

    “Cross is good pick. Well done Seahawks! Many had him going to Carolina. Gives up very few sacks. Build up the trenches!”

    — Mr. Cross’s mom

  260. Hawkster says:

    re-establish the run, re-establish a pass-rush … draft an air raid pass blocker.

  261. Leo says:

    Here’s Rob’s two sentence summary on Cross from a few days ago; “One of the most overrated players in the draft for me. His narrow base is crying out to be relentlessly bull-rushed at the next level, he didn’t run-block in the air-raid and his testing profile is ‘meh’.”

    No idea what Pete and John are looking for anymore, maybe they really are pivoting to some entirely new philosophy…

    • Wink says:

      “Charles Cross is the No. 3 overall prospect in this class, per PFF’s Big Board. He didn’t allow a pressure on 66 pass-blocking snaps vs. Alabama last season.”

      Rob’s not the only analyst around.

      • bv eburg says:

        If Russ were here and we wanted to pass it 30-40 times a game the pick makes sense. If you want to be a power running team it makes no sense. Drew Lock throwing 30-40 times, yikes.

  262. TheoP says:

    UK based. Stayed up to watch this first round for the first time because of our top ten pick.

    Can’t believe I thought the people who traded for Jamal Adams and traded away the greatest ever Seahawks quarter back would do anything different

  263. AlaskaHawk says:

    It’s just Pete’s Alzheimer’s telling him this is a good pick. A safety is next!

  264. Luca Brasi says:

    OK, so looking forward… Please no trade-up back into R1 for a QB.

    Here’s hoping some of the long list of Rob’s favs at EDGE are around at 40/41.

  265. Sean says:

    Well we need O-line. Let’s just hope their player evaluation was good. Time will tell.

  266. 12th chuck says:

    I am so f-ing disgusted right now wtf

    • Wink says:

      Because they addressed their biggest need with the best pass blocker in the draft?

      • Peter says:

        Lt is the biggest need?

        Last years defense says hi

      • Big Mike says:

        “Pass rush is our top priority”
        Pete Carroll after the last game of the 2021 season

      • Rokas says:

        Becaause they had top 10 pick for the first time in a decade, and decided to spend it on a player who has no chance fo be a star and is a mediocre athlete. I really want to puke.

        • Wink says:

          “no chance fo be a star”

          Alright this is just silly reactionary nonsense. Of course he’s got a chance. He’s a pure pass blocker.

      • 12th chuck says:

        I would say center is the biggest need, and they could have resigned D Brown. and I wouldnt say that the pass rush is fixed, not by a long shot

  267. unHappy Hawk says:

    Like I predicted the leadership has revealed its plan = tank! At least we know now. Expect a trade back up for a shitty quarterback and a safety in round 2.

  268. clbradley17 says:

    Now watch these idiots Still use one of our 2nds and more to move up & draft Ridder.

  269. Wink says:

    For anyone that’s real upset, from Adam Jude:

    “Charles Cross is the No. 3 overall prospect in this class, per PFF’s Big Board. He didn’t allow a pressure on 66 pass-blocking snaps vs. Alabama last season.”

    Reactionary takes about him not being an “impact player” are probably going to look really silly next year.

  270. Sea Mode says:

    Tom Pelissero
    @TomPelissero
    ·45s

    The #Saints traded the No. 16 pick plus Nos. 98 and 120 to the #Commanders for No. 11.

  271. Don says:

    Didn’t even Cross my mind they would do that

  272. Poli says:

    The Hawks basically traded LT Christian Darrisaw and Jermaine Johnson for Jamal Adams (17.5M APY)

  273. JD says:

    At least it wasn’t a QB ….

    Rob what pick would you have been comfortable taking Cross ideally?

  274. Peter says:

    You know the watt vs. Mcdowell conversations?

    If Cross doesn’t work it’s everyone until 40 in the draft that we could have had.

    Please get the second round right.

  275. Nolyon says:

    Earlier today I posted that I prayed Rob’s mock was wrong. How foolish of me.

    Trading back and taking Penning would have been preferable to this.

  276. Glor says:

    At least people didn’t have to look up who the guy is… so that is a positive

  277. UkAlex6674 says:

    I’m not mad about Cross. Just more salty about not taking JJ. I think remove the saltiness and Cross could be a good pick.

  278. Peter says:

    What’s better:

    Cross, trade up for Ridder, Cine

    Or

    Cross, Cine, Christian Watson

  279. Deezy says:

    He better not turn be the LJ collier off linemen…

  280. Hand of God says:

    Hate the pick…they took a long time to make the pick, they were clearly trying to make a trade and failed, and yet again were left with a suboptimal option…really bad start. giants on the other side are killing it

  281. Chris says:

    Not my favorite pick but at least it’s not penning

  282. Sea Mode says:

    Enough with the stupid Amazon ad already, announce the pick.

  283. Scot04 says:

    So he is as of now our starting LT; because It would be awfully embarrassing if Forsythe beats him out.
    I sure hope this pick turns out to be a win.

  284. Sea Mode says:

    Wow, big trade.

    Tom Pelissero
    @TomPelissero
    ·2m

    Detroit sent No. 32, 34 and 66 to the #Vikings for No. 12 and 46.

  285. VanHawk says:

    If Rob doesn’t include Jamal Adams as part of Seahawks draft picks this year, Im gonna b pissssssssseeed!!!!!!!

  286. Max Morrison says:

    Ok not what we wanted. But Cross was high on most boards. So we got the consensus 3rd best Tackle in the draft right? Let’s not panic Hawk fans. We can still win this draft.

  287. Ashish says:

    The scenario we feared for.

  288. KennyBadger says:

    Houston doesn’t even need to trade up for JJ.

    I do trust robs opinion on cross but I like trying to address the position and his last name isn’t penning.

  289. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    I really dislike the Cross pick. With Johnson still on the board, it seems downright batty to pass on finally upgrading the Edge with a young stud.

    That said, at least it’s a position of need, as opposed to grabbing Hamilton and forcing him into a role. Perhaps this means that our time with D. Brown is done and we can turn that money into a FA Edge that’s left. Clowney or Dunlap redux? Not the sexiest but something?

    I’m really reaching for a silver lining here…..

  290. Seattle Person says:

    I’m a little disappointed like many of you about not taking JJ. However he is dropping for some reason. Maybe we overrated him. He still felt like a home run to me.

    Cross feels like a safe pick. I think he’s going to be solid and let’s be objective. He’s a good fit for our style of offense. We’ll run the ball but not in the same way during the Super Bowl years. He’s a wide-zone LT.

    Overall, it could have been worse.

    • SoCal12 says:

      There was a rumor on WalterFootball that Jermaine had some major character concerns pop up, and there was a rumor posted here that a top pick had gang ties or something along those lines. I’m really curious what is going on there.

  291. SoCal12 says:

    Anybody here like Cross? Looking for some differing opinions. I feel like he’s highly rated at most places, but everyone here is acting like we picked Germaine Ifedi 2.0. Just find it interesting.

    • Seattle Person says:

      I don’t know how to feel about him honestly. If we go by old Seahawks’ metrics then no…he’s not a Seahawk.

      The new way of thinking seems to me suggest Cross is a great fit in our style of offense. That wide-zone type of running with movement and athleticism.

    • Wink says:

      I’m a big fan and think it’s a great pick

    • UkAlex6674 says:

      I’m good with it. Would have preferred JJ but that doesn’t make Cross an awful pick. I think the hype of taking an impact player at 9 on D is making the pick seem worse than it is.

    • Big Mike says:

      He’s not Ifedi 2.0, that would’ve been Penning. I definitely like Cross better than Penning.

    • Hawkster says:

      It is just a classic SEA draft for need reaction pick.

      • SoCal12 says:

        I would qualify ‘draft for need reaction pick’ as overdrafting a player like no one really had round 1 grades on like Penny and LJ Collier. Cross was projected by a lot of people in this range, so I feel like this wasn’t really reactionary. Just a basic pick.

        • Hawkster says:

          Fair enough, agreed it doesn’t compare to LJ, and Penny as just a flat miss, but not a reaction in my opinion. I know Sam’s Film was high on Cross, and specifically to SEA and the wide zone. Let’s see what they do at IOL and RB.

      • pob12 says:

        Love it. He’s the anti-Tom Cable pick. Better in pass pro than run blocking. Looks good on vids I watched. Complete opposite of Ifedi.

        • GaiusMarius says:

          That’s one of the reasons I’m nonplussed.

          I want us to build a strong running game behind a punishing defense. This is a step away from that.

          Oh well, at least our franchise QB will have better protection…oh wait…

    • STTBM says:

      When was the last time Carrol and Schneider drafted a good tackle? Okung was it, they spent the 6th pick on him, and he made 1 Pro Bowl and left after 4 years. Not good value. And he was it. They’ve never drafted a good tackle, and they aren’t changing that today.

      Odds are very good this guy won’t be a perennial Pro Bowler, so he was a wasted pick, a desperate reach for need, like most of Carrols first picks.

      This is just sad.

      • SoCal12 says:

        Counterpoint, most of the tackles drafted weren’t top-10 picks except Okung. Cross is highly rated by a lot of analysts. Making definitive statements about this pick seems very premature.

        I just feel like people here can be a little reactionary and definitive just echoing Rob’s opinion. Which I highly value Rob’s opinion too, but it’s not the only one out there.

  292. TrenchWarfare says:

    If they can get Cine and either Mafe/Sam Williams, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  293. DK says:

    I love defense and so wanted Jermaine Johnson at 9, but Cross is the best pure left tackle in the draft. Yes, his TEF score isn’t what they usually look for, but he plays a premium position and doesn’t have the holes in his game Penning does.

  294. FrenchHawks says:

    First of all, thank you Rob for your coverage of the draft every year. I discover your blog 5 years ago and since then, I learn so much about the game. So thank you for providing one of the best draft coverage on internet !

    Even if I wanted Jermaine Johnson, I wish good luck to Charles Cross. I hope he become a good player for Seattle and prove us (the ones who wanted someone else !) wrong in the long term.

    Go Hawks !

  295. Sea Mode says:

    Wow, Philly trades up too with the Texans. WRs flying off the board like hotcakes.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Whoa, Texans got quantity for moving down just 2 spots:

      Mike Garafolo
      @MikeGarafolo
      ·1m

      #Eagles-#Texans trade: 13 for 15,124,162,166

  296. Scot04 says:

    Tons of trades happening now. Hope Seattle wasn’t turning these down for the opportunity to take Cross.

  297. BoiseSeahawk says:

    Cross? What a snooze fest

    • Jordan says:

      Offensive line picks are rarely exciting.

      But locking up the LT spot(premium position) with a highly rated 21 year old is smart team building.

  298. Denver Hawker says:

    Why is JJ falling this far?

  299. KennyBadger says:

    Is there any way hawks trade back in?

  300. Dusty says:

    Glad you stayed up for this Rob?

  301. Sea Mode says:

    Steep price for Detroit, but Jameson Williams is the best WR in this draft IMO.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Was gonna say the same. I think the cost of moving up is a better investment than London at 8.

    • Henry Taylor says:

      Is it a steep price? They move down 10 picks in the 2nd and give up a 3rd to jump 20 picks in the 1st

  302. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of Cross, but at least it wasn’t Penning. I still would have taken JJ though.

  303. Bobby54 says:

    Eagles jump the Ravens for JJ?

  304. Peter says:

    Positive mental attitude:

    If they don’t come back into the first there are a good deal of players from the second through fourth.

  305. Cortez Kennedy says:

    I tried to tell myself not to get too hyped, to temper my expectations this year. Then Atlanta drafted a receiver and I lost it.

    But as Goodall stood at the podium I reminded myself “Pete Carroll still runs the war room”. I’m glad I had that moment of clarity.

    Didn’t JJ work Cross over at the Senior Bowl?

  306. Burner says:

    Geoff Schwartz on Cross, hopefully the big man works out for us. Although I’m stunned we didn’t trade down with the deals that came after our selection, Cross would still be on the board now.

    https://twitter.com/geoffschwartz/status/1519845975900184578

  307. Thomas says:

    I’m more comfortable with the Cross pick after reading what PFF wrote. I don’t feel bad at this point. I was a little worried they were going to go full Al Davis and just draft on testing.

    Rob had mentioned that if they had not tried to outsmart someone like Kiper then they would have done better. Maybe this is a nod in that direction. Let’s see what happens though… the round isn’t over.

  308. Robert9 says:

    Now all they need to do to have a complete mess is trade back into the 1st and take a quarterback

  309. Matt says:

    Serious question, who is the best O-Lineman Mike Leach has produced in his 22 years of coaching? Luis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez were guards who started for a long time in the league but that was in 2007 and 2009. Not much success since then.

  310. L80` says:

    I suppose now they use 40 to move up and take Ridder

  311. Steve says:

    I just watched a few scout films and he might be a good LT.

  312. Scot says:

    Randy Mueller sure liked the pick of Cross in the top 10. Surprised Seattle stuck to it vrs trading around. I’ve always liked him. He says Cross has a little bit of nastiness to him. So I’ll try to stay positive, it definitely shows Seattle is willing to go in a different way. I’ll be watching alot more on Cross tonight. Hoping it turns out to be a win

  313. Cross is only 21. PFF had him had him as the top OT, 3rd overall. A top left tackle is so hard to sign in free agency. So they filled an obvious hole at a premium position.

  314. Hawks4life says:

    Something must be going on the JJ falling, maybe the Hawks still have a shot to trade up and grab him or he falls to 40? Very interesting

    • SoCal12 says:

      WalterFootball’s profile for JJ has this:

      “Johnson does get hurt with teams giving him bad marks for football character and have concerns about dealing with him. Some sources say that Johnson’s football character is worse than Kayvon Thibodeaux, and that played a role in Johnson leaving Georgia.”

      Something is up here with him.

      • Hawks4life says:

        If that’s the case snag him in round 2

      • Jordan says:

        Apparently an awful interview too. Has turned teams off.

        There’s whispers out there that one of the top edges has credible gang connections, but there’s nothing concrete saying who it is.

        Plus he’s overaged.

  315. GoHawks5151 says:

    I wanted JJ. Time to dig into Cross I guess.

    Initial Positives:
    – Is an actual tackle. No shift to move to guard.
    – Has a marketable skill in pass blocking. Smooth.
    – Digging into it a little he’s the same build and some testing similar to Duane Brown.
    – Good production vs SEC competition.

    Big question is the run blocking. Not out of the question he improves. The Rams scheme has made good tackles for worse stock.

    • Wink says:

      Samuel Gold thinks he’ll be just fine and I tend to trust him

      “@SamuelRGold
      Charles Cross is a very good pass blocker and his “inability” to run block is extremely overblown. His scheme didn’t have a ton of it, but he showed the footwork and angles to be a great reach blocker in the NFL. Plus his drive blocks for midzone weak will be fine. #Seahawks”

  316. Sneekes says:

    Man, that pink suit was something.

  317. Big Mike says:

    Really thought the Charger would move up for Davis. Eagles jump Baltimore for him.
    Ravens go Penning now?

  318. Hawks4life says:

    Kyle Hamilton to the Ravens seems right

  319. CaptainJack says:

    It’s… interesting to me that after weeks of being mocked in the top 10 Jermaine Johnson is still on the board. not sure what to make of it. Do teams know something we don’t? All these so-so wide receivers being taken. I like jameson williams but the others are just ok.

  320. TrenchWarfare says:

    If the plan is to start Cross at LT this year, Hawks are adding a starting LT and saving the $8M or so in cap space they would have had to pay Duane Brown to re-sign. Seems like a winning draft so far.

  321. KD says:

    I have to admit, the only reason I’m disappointed by this pick is because he’s not JJ. Other than this, I didn’t watch much of any Cross because I

    • KD says:

      ….. never thought he was going to be the pick. Yes, I think all of us wanted an impact defensive player, (especially pass rusher) with this pick, but it is a long draft, and there is still a lot of picks to go. I’m not disappointed that they selected an OT (a premium position) and there is still a lot of room to pick some impact pass rushers tomorrow.

  322. Max Morrison says:

    Thinking trade downs were available is a general massive oversight of most mocks/predictions

  323. Charles Hirsch says:

    Cross being interviewed now and is on 710 espn

    • CaptainJack says:

      Honestly, I haven’t watched tape on him. Samuel R Gold likes him. Rob doesn’t. And he’s not an “elite” athlete though he does seem to have the right amount of size to play left tackle. Let’s hope for the best.

  324. Coach says:

    I’m hoping to add Williams (Edge) and Tindall (LB) in second to add to Cross and then you have 3 contributors.

    Even though Cross wasn’t our favorite pick, do you think that’d be better than what we would have gotten at LT if we would have waited – for example, Johnson, Reimann, and then Tindall?

    Just trying to see the possible positive to come from this – that maybe Cross at Tackle in the first and then Edge in the 2nd is better as a duo than we would have been able to get if we took Edge in first and Tackle in the second?

    Go Hawks!

    • bmseattle says:

      yeah, it’s possible they have their eye on an edge that they know will be there in round 2. maybe they even like him better than Johnson, and they get their LT (hopefully) of the future.

  325. chet380 says:

    Jordan Davis ahead of JJ

  326. Troy says:

    Anyone got Cross full testing numbers?

  327. Bruce Smith says:

    I would’ve taken the Saint trade if it offered. I feel sick now.

  328. Seahawkwalt says:

    Havent had a chance to verify, but very good if true
    Charles Cross- One sack allowed on 700+ pass attempts. Played against the highest level of competition as well

  329. seaspunj says:

    I seriously hope that the rest of the picks left that there are some dee studs that shape the dee identity

    I am frustrated with some of the PCJS thinking history will only tell

  330. CaptainJack says:

    Kyle Hamilton at 14 is a pretty good value. BUT i am pretty surprised the ravens passed on Johnson. I think they really wanted Jordan Davis. Great move by Philly to go up and secure him.

  331. CHaquesFan says:

    Think the Ravens are trying to pull off what we’ve suggested here and trade up for Linderbaum, as they have a hole at C rn

  332. TrenchWarfare says:

    Damn. Cardinals making moves.

  333. Andrew says:

    Wondering if we should trade one of our 2nds to move up and nab Jermaine Johnson, who is bizarrely still available.

  334. Brik says:

    Looks like Cross did well at RT when asked by the pros. This doesn’t rule out resigning Brown or any move. We got a pure tackle prospect, not a tweener. I like how quick he seemed to get ahead of DEs making moves.

    • KD says:

      Admittedly, I didn’t do much homework on Cross or Penning because of work and such, but I was a bit more worried about penning because he seemed to be more highly ranked because of testing. Sometimes testing isn’t everything, and Cross performed well in the SEC.

  335. briangri says:

    I’m curious about some of the negative thoughts here — a lot of the experts that I trust (Sam Gold, Geoff Schwartz) are quite high on him. Huge position of need, as we have zero starter caliber OTs under contract. Very valuable position, maybe behind only QB and pass rusher. Nate Tice called Cross his favorite tackle, and best chance to stick at LT (https://theathletic.com/3273718/2022/04/27/charles-cross-ikem-ekwonu-or-evan-neal-pros-and-cons-of-top-ots-in-2022-nfl-draft/). Seems like a home run to me!

  336. Sea Mode says:

    Wow, Ravens just sent Hollywood Brown to the Cardinals. Reunited with Kyler.

  337. JLemere says:

    Looks like Jermaine Johnson is viewed in the second level of edge rushers with Karlafis, Mafe, etc according to the first 15 picks.

  338. Brik says:

    Imagine if we trade up and get Zion along with getting a center in the 2nd. Offensive line complete. Then get Pierre King jr or that RB y’all are talking about.

  339. Coach says:

    Here’s what Chris Simms said:

    I think
    @Seahawks
    were probably shocked Charles Cross was here at #9.
    Unbelievable potential, arguably the best athlete among the OTs. Plus the Seahawks NEED O-linemen. What a value.

  340. Gross MaToast says:

    If Philly walks out with Thanos and Jermaine…I can’t even finish that thought…they’re going to be like pretty good, or something.

  341. CaptainJack says:

    Kenyon Green at 15 feels like the first major “reach” of the draft

  342. Madmark says:

    The only way to turn this around is if Tyler Linderbaum can be had at pick 40.

    • Jordan says:

      Turn it around?

      They drafted a highly rated 21 year old at a premium position.

      • UkAlex6674 says:

        Agreed. We have actually made a decent pick at the 2nd or 3rd most valuable position in the draft.

        Sexy pick? No.

        Meat and potato pick? Yes – and I am hungry for more!

          • UkAlex6674 says:

            I think so. They wanted a tackle, clearly didn’t like Penning enough to trade down. The only thing I was concerned about was the knock on his run blocking but maybe because he wasn’t asked to do much of it, the front office think that can be improved. But again though you can counter that a top-10 pick shouldn’t need to have such an issue on a team that is supposed to be run heavy.

            Do you think they will re-sign Brown and break Cross in at RT?

            • Rob Staton says:

              I think it’s more like they felt handcuffed to take a tackle and an offer to move down wasn’t forthcoming — as Tony P reported.

      • Madmark says:

        Wasn’t my pick I was all in for the best OC in the draft that graded out 6.7 that’s first round talent.

  343. CaptainJack says:

    16 picks in and already FIVE receivers drafted. With possibly more to come. wow

  344. TrenchWarfare says:

    The two WRs most rumored to be traded, DK and Deebo, stay with their teams. Meanwhile everyone else is trading their WRs heading for huge paydays.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Holy cow.

      Adam Schefter
      @AdamSchefter
      ·4m

      Blockbuster trade: Titans are planning to trade WR A.J. Brown to the Eagles, sources tell ESPN.

      • TrenchWarfare says:

        Crazy. And with the run on WRs, no QBs taken. If Seattle is going to add a QB, it’s more and more likely they won’t need to trade up.

  345. Sea Mode says:

    Great pick by WAS. Dotson best hands in the draft. Should do great as a #2 next to McLaurin.

  346. Big Mike says:

    Damn nice one Chargers!

  347. Brik says:

    Thinking our pick caused the run on WRs and subsequent trades. Few teams that could have been interested in Cross, including the Jets and Texans since they picked CBs. Where’s Penning going?

  348. joe says:

    fantastic pick for chargers. QB will be happy

  349. pdway says:

    Shefter saying Titans trading AJ Brown to Eagles…

  350. GoHawks5151 says:

    Aj Brown what!!!!!!?????

  351. Big Mike says:

    Holy shit AJ Brown to the Eagles!!

    • STTBM says:

      Guess they don’t really trust Tannehill, and plan on running the ball 40 times a game….

    • RugbyLock says:

      The Iggles gave him a 4yr/$100m contract with $57m guaranteed according to Sirius NFL Radio…

  352. bmseattle says:

    Was never realistic that we’d get Zion, but he was one of my favorites.
    solid pick for the Chargers.

  353. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Feeling better about Cross. Didn’t pay him any mind during the Combine etc. because he’s such an average athlete and not what Seattle usually want in an OT.

    But his tape is solid. Not a lot of run plays, but he’s a sticky blocker in pass pro. Recovers well.

    If we can leave the draft with one of Linderbaum or Jurgens in the 2nd, or even Raimann (yeah random but I think he’s gonna be an all pro OG), the OL will be well reset.

  354. Sten says:

    Holy moly every wideout is getting traded

  355. JimN says:

    Interesting that Johnson is falling so far. Seems like something is telling teams that he isn’t part of that first tier. While i appreciate and value testing metrics, i also value the fact that he has allowed like 3 sacks in 700 reps against top notch SEC competition. I think a LT is a good pick and a realistic start to a rebuild. Run blocking? Well, they also said DK could only run a couple of routes. I think the choice is fine. I don’t think you will find a better tackle later, and i like Cross more than Penning. I think there are MANY EDGE players in the next tier. I suspect there were literally no real trade down opportunities. Lets see what happens tomorrow. There won’t be any trading back up.

  356. Mr drucker in hooterville says:

    That perp walk is insane

  357. Big Mike says:

    So if you’re Tannehill, you’re not pleased

  358. SoCal12 says:

    Funny to think that Christian Kirk’s contract would have reverberations throughout the league like this.

  359. KD says:

    Remember guys, still a ton of quality guys left and the 1st round isn’t necessarily over for SEA

    • TrenchWarfare says:

      Malik Willis likely going to Pittsburgh. Linderbaum, Lloyd, JJ II, McDuffie, Wyatt, Cine, Penning all still on the board. Hawks looking good for rd 2.

  360. Jabroni-DC says:

    With all of these WR going early, there’s still time for GB or KC to blow our socks off with an offer for DK Metcalf.

    Honestly, if I’m GB I don’t know how they don’t go all in to get him. It’s now or never for them. Rodgers to Metcalf would be an incredible connection.

  361. Big Mike says:

    AJ already signed by Philly 4 years, 100 million, 57 guaranteed
    DK gonna be in the same neighborhood

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Solid moves by both the Titans (trade their star WR before he gets paid and draft his replacement with the pick from the trade, and by the Eagles who already had their newly acquired star WR’s contract extension already signed.

      That’s how you do it on both sides.

    • Rob Staton says:

      That’s a lot of money

      Thankfully the Seahawks are now a finesse team so it won’t matter

  362. Robbie says:

    These trades are just crazy! This whole offseason has been the craziest offseason ever. Draft included!

  363. Chris says:

    Johnson must have a medical flag

  364. Sea Mode says:

    Man, teams saw the WR market and said “nope”.

  365. JC3 says:

    Good CB will drop to 2nd round now.

  366. bmseattle says:

    Penning just Judo chopped his Mom after she hugged him!

  367. Big Mike says:

    Rob said above:
    “The Titans have dealt A.J. to the Eagles for a first and third round pick. No wonder the Eagles didn’t want to trade up for a receiver. The deal gives Tennessee #18 and a third rounder. Is now a bad time to remind everyone that Seattle paid twice as much for Jamal Adams?”

    I wept yet again

    • TrenchWarfare says:

      It’s been two years. Time to get over it. Look to the future, can’t change the past.

      • BRNDNvsWRLD says:

        THIS.

        Please dude. Please. Lets just let this rest after this year once our lost draft capital is spent. But to hear it OVER and OVER and OVEr again, really detracts from some of your other better points.

        • BRNDNvsWRLD says:

          Not to mention the CONSTANT name calling. Speak about football, in football terms. Peacock, Soggy bun? Come’on we can do better. I believe you are a smart fan, and this doesn’t reinforce that, its just childish.

  368. Jabroni-DC says:

    There’s gonna be 2 really good players available at #40 & #41.

    The Pete Carrol era started with a top ten OT pick. It was a glaring need. Deja vu with the rebuild. I’m much happier with Cross (who I know nothing about) over Penning.

    If we do go QB early the only one I won’t puke about is Corral.

  369. Roy Batty says:

    Pickett. Wow. Good for him. Stays in Pittsburgh.

  370. DC says:

    If GB offers their 2 firsts for DK do you take it?

  371. Matt says:

    What if they traded up for Penning and ended up with bookend tackles? Lucas could also fit at RT in rd 2.

    I really hate the Air Raid offense, but I guess the pick has a couple things going for it.

    1. Not only a true tackle prospect, but a likely LT.
    2. 21 Years old in a draft with a lot of older prospects.
    3. If you could pick one thing you would want a tackle prospect to be good at, it’s pass blocking.

    If he works out, he could start at LT for 15 years. So there is upside, potentially more than Penning. It just freaks me out drafting an Air Raid OL.

  372. KSB says:

    I’d like to see Williams and Tindall in the 2nd round as well.

    Find all was one of my favorite college players to watch and everytime I did. I was hoping he will be a future Seahawk.

    I wonder when Pete was talking with. Lane Kiffin and gushing. It was about williams and not Corrall. I guess Kiffin said in an interview that Williams is going to be a great pro player.

  373. Sea Mode says:

    I say we start looking into trading up for JJ or Devin Lloyd.

  374. Ishmael says:

    Goodness me. Lot to take in here. Johnson falling like this screams major red flags that haven’t come out publicly. Far too good a player to drop otherwise.

    Cross is whatever. Funnily enough almost the exact sort of player Wilson was after for a decade. Not really my sort of player, but could have been plenty worse – genuine tackle as well, not a project who’s going to have to kick in to guard. Lot of fun talent left on the table for tomorrow, just have to not do anything silly with a QB and we’ll be in decent shape.

  375. Sea Mode says:

    Chiefs trade up with Pats

  376. Big Mike says:

    Chiefs jump up to get ahead of Packers

  377. SoCal12 says:

    Pickett over Willis is a shock to me. Tomlin seemed like he was in love with Willis.

  378. KD says:

    I don’t know how many of you all are watching the ESPN broadcast, but the guy with the huge, ragged beard looks EXACTLY like my forklifting counterpart at work. I have to show him a screenshot of this guy

  379. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Well, so much for PIT being all over Malik.

  380. Ace says:

    Chiefs trading up with the Patriots. I’m going to guess they take advantage of JJ skipping.

  381. TrenchWarfare says:

    Of the teams left to pick in the first round none need a QB this year.

    New England – Mac Jones
    Green Bay x2 – Rodgers
    Dallas – Prescott
    Buffalo – Allen
    Tennessee – Tannehill
    TB – Brady
    KC – Mahomes
    Cincy – Burrows
    Minnesota – Cousins

    Top of rd 2:

    Jacksonville –
    Minny – Cousins
    NYJ x2 – Wilson
    NJG – Possible need but seem to want to give Jones a chance to win the job this year
    Houston – Possible but drafted Mills last year
    Chicago – Fields

    Willis, Ridder, Corral, Howell all should be available at 40/41.

    That said, I don’t want a QB this year but hopeful that they don’t waste any extra picks to draft one this year.

  382. JD says:

    Wow lot of defensive talent still on the board. After the first 5 picks were defense, the next 13 out of 15 were offense.

  383. Seahawkwalt says:

    I feel much better w the Cross pick after watching several videos.

  384. Peter12 says:

    “Draft insider” Tony Pauline being wrong on every single “rumor” he heard.

    Shocking..

    • Sea Mode says:

      Well, maybe if Cross hadn’t been available, they indeed would have traded down and targeting Penning. You never know and I don’t see why the aggression towards Tony. He reports what he hears and is right plenty often.

      • DC says:

        Makes the most sense

      • Peter12 says:

        You are right Sea Mode, that was a cheap shot.

        I don’t agree with his track record being great though. I think he reports so many different things that some become reality but most of his talk is as pointless as any of the other “rumors” out there.

        • BRNDNvsWRLD says:

          How would you feel if they selected Ridder tomorrow in the 2nd? Basically shifting from Tony’s Penning/Ridder prediction to Cross/Ridder? Would it be that far off? Or he might be wrong, so?

          2nd point: Tony P makes his biscuits in “smokescreen season”. The time when fake reports are thrown out by teams, agents, and everyone else involved in the process, YET he is the #1 insider for a reason. He sifts through the BS, between nose for truth and insider knowledge, and is more right than the average bear, and rest of the draft community.

  385. Seattle Person says:

    GB not taking a WR is the most GB thing ever….

  386. Jabroni-DC says:

    Okay GB, special price on DK for you. #28, #53 & #59

  387. KD says:

    It’s insane that JJ has lasted this long. Something has to be wrong that no one knew about. For the 4th ranked pass rusher to last this long, something is up.

  388. pdway says:

    I know the salary is a big part of the equation – but if the trading price for DK is a mid-level 1st and a 3rd – then let’s please just keep him.

  389. Sea Mode says:

    Bills jump in front of DAL. Wonder for whom.

    Field Yates
    @FieldYates
    ·2m

    The Bills trade: Pick 25

    The Ravens trade: Pick 23, 130

  390. Max Morrison says:

    This draft can still be a huge success. Let’s get these next 2 picks right.

  391. Jabroni-DC says:

    Gotta admit for better or worse, this is the most exciting and entertaining off season since 2013.

  392. R drucker in hooterville says:

    No other edges are drafted either. Will be interesting if Ebikete goes before JJ. That would be a atory.

  393. Gross MaToast says:

    I think if GB offered 28, 53, 59 for DK, I’d take it.

  394. SpennyDunks says:

    Trade up for JJ or Lloyd!

  395. Big Mike says:

    Fuck the Cowboys

  396. bfun225 says:

    Crazy J. Johnson is still available!

  397. Hawks4life says:

    JJ landing in Dallas would just seem right lol

  398. CaptainJack says:

    I feel great for McDuffie. Going to a solid team.

  399. JC3 says:

    Not done with 1st round but there are so many value still left for 2nd days.

  400. Big Mike says:

    Kills me to say this but good pick of need for the Cowpatties

  401. CaptainJack says:

    Tyler Smith? eh… I liked Zach Tom more.

  402. Sea Mode says:

    Close in your mock on Tyler Smith, Rob.

  403. Big Mike says:

    Linderbaum next to Baltimore?

  404. Buf says:

    How is JJ on the board?! Some medical issue? If not, lets trade up already

  405. Ace says:

    Quick Breakdown on Cross. Liking the pick more and more. Not a reach but instead getting arguably the best pure LT in the draft.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItpEVwTpAZs

    • Sea Mode says:

      His jumps were actually pretty explosive after he re-did his vert. at pro day. His bench is what killed his TEF score.

      • Ace says:

        Solid athlete. Great in a zone scheme which is what the Rams use. Not a mauler, but not a passive chew toy either.

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        His 40 was pretty good too (4.95)

        But agreed I’m liking the pick more. And agreed he’s arguably the only pure LT in this class.

        And there goes Linderbaum

  406. seaspunj says:

    anyone else shocked Jermaine Johnson still on the board?

    also a bit shocked to see Utah LB Devin Lloyd also available

  407. Rob Staton says:

    Video thoughts on Charles Cross to Seattle:

    https://youtu.be/KL1y9BSOD9Y

    • Sea Mode says:

      Rob, I don’t think we should label him as not explosive. He jumped a 9’04” broad and a 30″ vert. That’s pretty good.

      If he had hit the 27 reps on the bench, his TEF would be 3.08.

      The rest of the doubts are fair, though. My guess is they just project him as being capable of doing more than he was asked to do in college and will back themselves to develop him.

  408. Madmark says:

    We didn’t trade at this point I think I would taken best player available and grabbed Jordan Davis DT Georgia.

  409. CaptainJack says:

    My biggest remaining wish in round 1 is that someone takes Kyler Gordon.

  410. SpennyDunks says:

    Imagine trading back up into the first? A swap of 3rds would probably still allow us to get Pierce.

    Cross
    Lloyd / JJ
    Mafe / Tindall
    Pierce

    Would be ridiculously sexy

  411. Jabroni-DC says:

    Pauline reported hearing ‘character’ concerns for Johnson.

  412. Palatypus says:

    NFL network just gave the whole league a good long shot of Baltimore’s big board.

  413. Big Mike says:

    I called that one. 🙂

  414. Sea Mode says:

    Gosh. How do the Ravens simply keep drafting good players?

  415. KD says:

    Linderbaum off the board, but there are still good pass rushers and interior OL on the board. Good pick by BAL. Not overly disappointed.

  416. Sea Mode says:

    Jets just moved up for…?

    Cameron Wolfe
    @CameronWolfe
    ·1m

    NYJ trade 35, 69, 163 to TEN for 26 and 101

    • Sea Mode says:

      Pauline did say they like JJ, so maybe?

      • Sea Mode says:

        Indeed

        • Jabroni-DC says:

          Hey Sea Mode got a question for you. I’ve been around the blog for over a decade as ‘DC’ until the 3rd new DC finally got me to switch. After last years’ draft I took the season off because I knew it was going to suck.

          Anyway, my question is, do you know what happened to Volume12? He lived & breathed Seahawks’ football here but I know he had lost his mom & brother somewhat recently. Any idea what happened to him?

  417. Mr drucker in hooterville says:

    JJ at 41?

  418. seaspunj says:

    Rob I think you seriously should offer your draft scouting services to the Ravens!

    I remember when you profiled CB jimmy Smith and others and Ravens picked a lot of your guys you wanted for the Seahawks hahahah

    Dont change stripes though … love you as our Seahawks draft guru

  419. Blitzy the Clown says:

    And there goes JJ to the JJets

  420. TrenchWarfare says:

    And there goes JJ. Jets having a helluva draft. Assuming Mafe goes to KC with one of their two 1st rounders, Sam Williams and Arnold Ebiketie are the best remaining options.

    • MountainHawker says:

      Would love to see one of them and Chenal with our seconds. I know Rob likes Tindall, but I get massive Kuechly vibes from Chenal.

    • seaspunj says:

      totally agreed they filled so many holes and look solid for this draft if JJ is the difference maker we think he is the Jets got great value with their late 1st

    • Brik says:

      George Karlaftis

  421. bmseattle says:

    hey, Rob gets credit for JJ to jets, right?

  422. KD says:

    And there goes JJ. Something was off about him to make him fall that only teams saw. I’m still OK with Cross, and there are still MANY options.

  423. Sea Mode says:

    And now the Jags move up. This has to be the record amount of R1 trades, right?

  424. Forrest says:

    Will the Hawks trade up for Malik Willis?

  425. MountainHawker says:

    Would love to see one of them and Chenal with our seconds. I know Rob likes Tindall, but I get massive Kuechly vibes from Chenal.

  426. GoHawks5151 says:

    It will all make sense when we draft Will Anderson next year. Trust the process😉

  427. Glor says:

    The jets better be hiring JS when he is canned

  428. Rob Staton says:

    I wonder if the Jags want Cam Jurgens here

  429. Mike says:

    Holy shit. The jets and the giants. New York is back if there qbs can be half decent

  430. CaptainJack says:

    Damn. really, really wish we had made a move there and grabbed Johnson. This stings. Oh, at least we have Jamal Adams.

  431. HawksGal says:

    Don’t hate the pick, don’t love the pick. We needed a LT, check. Let’s see how he handles the run blocking, when he was asked about it he states “watch the film” pass blocking is exceptional, he’s also highly athletic, with exceptional hands.

    Lots of love for him on many different sites, just not on here, I feel like what most are saying is very accurate, it will be easier to find an edge day two than a Left tackle.

    We drafted a need, lots of draft left!

    Cheers!

    • Seahawkwalt says:

      After watching several videos breaking him down, I love this pick. His footwork is great, and mirrors very well. He has room to get stronger. He is natural. Matt Stinchcomb, former lineman really likes him. He was mocked #1 in some mocks

  432. Hawk Mock says:

    Still a chance for that trade up with Packers to snag Ridder and crush my soul.

  433. bmseattle says:

    I’m thinking that accuracy scores for mock drafts will be pretty bad this year.

  434. Forrest says:

    I would love to see Aaron Rogers’ face if GB took Willis with the next pick.

  435. CaptainJack says:

    Rap sheet keeps leaking picks. ugh

  436. Big Mike says:

    Good trade up for the Jags.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Lloyd a really good player. Not sure about athletic upside, but incredible leader and productive.

  437. Mr drucker in hooterville says:

    Hey JS, look at the Jets. That is how you do it.

  438. Jabroni-DC says:

    Watch GB take Travis Jones.

  439. Madmark says:

    I Knew Tyler Linderbaum OC at 25 to the early 30’s.

  440. CaptainJack says:

    Eh, they lost myles Jack and got Lloyd. Whatever. That exchange doesn’t overall fix a terrible, terrible team. Also Walker could easily be a bust.

  441. Hawks4life says:

    Watch us take Willis or Corral in the 2nd

  442. Brik says:

    THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS 😀

  443. Buf says:

    Well, maybe cross can add some muscle between now and next season in a pro program. That and work out his “welcome to the pros” moments where he gets bullrushed into oblivion while we only have Lock at QB.

  444. HOUSE says:

    Patriots on the clock…

  445. Sneekes says:

    There are going to be at least some fine players available to us in R2.
    I am hoping for 2 of Chenal, Tindall, Lucas, Jurgens, Sam Williams, Mafe.

  446. CaptainJack says:

    Slam dunk pick for green bay. That will be an elite defense next year.

  447. KD says:

    I don’t see any options that I would want to trade UP for. Let the draft fall to you and look for good value. If they go full OL and select one of Lucas, Strange, Jurgens, Tom with the next two picks, and an edge rusher like Moye, Karlaftis, Williams, Clemons…. I would call that a success. Well done.

  448. Sea Mode says:

    Ooh, now Cole Strange off the board as well. Scramble for Jurgens?

  449. Max Morrison says:

    Taking Cross was unexpected. But the whole draft has been unpredictable. If we come out with a Tackle + D Lineman + BPA then I think that’s a pretty good shot of a win.

  450. Sea Mode says:

    Mafe to MIN at 32…?

  451. CaptainJack says:

    Strange is a reach. But I like him. Classic pats pick. Reminds me of the Joe Thuney pick. A reach for a solid prospect who could have been picked later. But it should work out well for them.

  452. Sea Mode says:

    Someone posted already, but here’s the link to the Cross feature on YouTube.

    Mississippi State’s Charles Cross reflects on his journey leading into the NFL Draft | NFL on FOX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsMKlhalkQE

  453. Sea Mode says:

    Bengals pick is in, so only one more chance for trading up.

  454. Max Morrison says:

    I’d be super happy to take Hall (RB) with 40/41 if he’s still there. Thoughts?

    • MountainHawker says:

      Wouldn’t hate it. Would rather see an edge and lb

      • Jabroni-DC says:

        Have a good feeling about RB Walker III. A real team carrier. Little smaller than the Seahawks tend to draft but not by much.

      • KD says:

        Agree. I’d prefer a center like Jurgens and the best defensive player available like Clemons, Mafe, Williams, Tindall, etc.

  455. KD says:

    Interesting that walterfootball gave the PATS his first MILLEN grade for Cole Strange:

    “Our first Millen grade of the 2022 NFL Draft is by … the Patriots!? Wow! I don’t get this at all. Bill Belichick easily could’ve made this selection in the second round, or maybe even the third. I had Cole Strange 144th in my mock draft. I looked around to see if I was just way off, and Charlie Campbell had Strange 115th. Going off-side, Dane Brugler had Strange 93rd. Did Belichick think we were in the third round? I don’t understand this pick at all.”

    Don’t agree with this one at all. Good pick by the PATS

    • SoCal12 says:

      Walt also gave the Cross pick an A-. Interesting how much grades differ between people.

  456. SoCal12 says:

    No trade up for a QB so that’s a relief. Feel kind of bad for Malik though. Seems like a good kid, and the media hyped him up to be way higher than he was.

  457. Madmark says:

    My 1st round in the draft didn’t go as planned. The guy picked went at 25. This is 1 pick I missed I still two days of more picks. Believe me if you get 3 players right then ya good.

  458. UkAlex6674 says:

    Well what a great 1st round! A lot to take in.

    Thanks for all of this Rob, as always greatly appreciated – and thanks to all those posting making it a good night in that respect also.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow 🙂

  459. SoZ says:

    Another year, another wave of Ravens draft envy.

  460. Kyle R says:

    I mean I knew watching college games this year Georgia’s defense was insane, stacked and nasty. Then all the talk leading up to the draft so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise, but damn they dominated the first round! Five defensive players in the first round!

  461. SoZ says:

    Take that Russell Wilson!

  462. Mick says:

    Glad I didn’t wake up to a LB or a S drafted by us at 9. I’m not very excited by Cross but also don’t really hate the pick. The upside is he’s very young and if we nailed it we can have him play 20 years for us. I don’t think it’s financially possible, but boy would it be great to have Duane Brown train with him for a while.

    • KD says:

      I still really hope that they can convince Brown to sign a 1 or 2 year contract. That would be perfect.

  463. Thomas Wells says:

    Overall I think round one was positive. Would have preferred johnson but clearly the league didn’t value him as a top ten or even top 20 pick so I can’t get too bent out of shape. Respect robs opinion tremendously so I’m wary about cross. But I hope I’m wrong. If he’s even an average left tackle then I think that’s a good pick. It’s such an important position.

    The most positive part is that we didn’t do anything stupid. Didn’t take penning at 9. Didn’t reach for a head scratcher like the smartest guys in the room. And most importantly didn’t force a pick at qb.

    Stoked for round 2. Channing Tindall, Abraham Lucas, cam jurgens, Boye Mafe, Arnold Ebikete, Kenneth Walker, Breece hall, Nakobe Dean, Troy Anderson, Travis jones, Logan hall, perrion Winfrey. Two more cornerstone type players will be available

    • KD says:

      Totally with you on this one. If they spend the next two picks on the OL, that sends a strong message that they are building this team from the OL up, and I would be OK with that. If they spend the next two picks on the front seven defense, same reaction. Both sides of the line have been a problem for a long time. Russel was right to complain about that. If they fully dedicate this draft to one side of the ball of the other, it would be a clear message of building a team from the foundation upwards. I am OK with that. If they spread it out and go OL then DL, even better.

      One of those picks needs to be a center though. That’s the position I am most worried about, more so than pass rush.

      • Thomas Wells says:

        So who are your ideal picks at 40 and 41? I am hoping that the cross pick means they are less wedded to certain measurables and we get Mafe. Need a pass rusher and I think he’s a stud. And personally I want the other one to be Kenneth walker. Lucas is tempting. Would love to have our bookend tackles. And I would love to finally solidify the center position with jurgens or a can’t miss LB like Tindall. But a Pete Carroll team needs a transcendent RB. A guy that can carry a team. Walker is that guy for me

        • KD says:

          Ideal picks for me are Jurgens and one of seven players who would fit on the front 7

        • Palatypus says:

          Just ran a simulation on PFN and it had the Jets taking a second edge in Drake Jackson and the Stealers taking another QB in Sam Howell.
          , Same
          So I scrapped that and ran it again.

          Looking at Rob’s horizontal board the only player left with a first round grade is DT Travis Jones.

          Players with grades 1-2 are EDGE Boye Mafe (please, please, please), David Ojabo (injury), Sam Williams (yes), Arnold Ebikete (meh), LINEBACKERS Channing Tindall (please, please, please), Leo Chenal (yes), Damone Clark (injury), CORNERBACK Andrew Booth, Kyler Gordon, WIDE RECEIVER Kevin Austin Jr. TACKLE Abraham Lucas, and CENTER Cameron Jurgens.

          For me, I will shit myself if Boye Mafe is there at 40. Zach Tom is projected at center but has also played tackle, but I think we gotta get that last Georgia linebacker. Maybe we can pick up Tom later.

  464. CaptainJack says:

    Seems as if the league was down on JJ.

    Don’t know about Cross. I guess it’s time to dive into the tape.

    Sad Kyler didn’t get drafted tonight but he’ll goo early day 2.

    Lots to look forward to tomorrow.

  465. Michael P Matherne says:

    You’re a fucking legend Rob. I was less engaged this year than in years past, but your passion for the draft and unrivaled skill in evaluating is always an absolute treat for me. That’s before I even mention that it’s almost 5 am in your neck of the woods. Thank you for everything you do to create this community. Go ‘Hawks!

  466. Dinosaw13 says:

    Rob, how would you feel if the Seahawks picking Jurgens and Lucas at 40 and 41.

  467. Palatypus says:

    After a day break in the draft, the team that has the first pick in the next round always has a little more leverage after all the teams get some sleep and reorganize their boards based on the trends.

    Tampa has the first pick in round 2 which is worth something like 80 points more than our pick at 40. I would expect about a 20 point markup though. 80 points is about what the 107 pick (is it still held by the Texans?) is worth in the early 4th round.

    So any team that wants to jump in front of us is probably going to have to package a late 2nd rounder with a late 3rd.

    The Rams, the 49ers, and the Chiefs are poised to screw us here.

  468. Palatypus says:

    Anyone else here think that the Lions might try to find a way to get David Ajabo from Michigan WITH Aiden Hutchenson? Pick 14 in the 2nd round might be where they could do it.

    I predicted that Jacksonville would take Travon Walker and Detroit would take Aiden Hutchenson for the simple fact that it would sell more tickets for franchises that have a problem doing that. The Lions could wait on Ajabo to get healthy with Huthenson.

    They might even be able to trade down to get him.

  469. Dustin says:

    At first I was really upset over the Cross pick, but eventually I made peace with it. Good tackles are really hard to find and taking a swing on Cross at #9 is understandable. I’m hoping they take a DE at #40 and trade back to about #50 and take a linebacker, then a center, CB, or RB in round 3.

  470. DavidinBellingham says:

    Two picks are in, 40 and 41!