Updated horizontal board 28/04

April 28th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

If you missed it earlier, check out the latest podcast which has a lot of sourced news in it. Also, you can view my final mock draft (posted last night) by clicking here.

Here’s my final horizontal board for draft day. I haven’t watched every player in the draft, obviously, but these are the players I have spent considerable time studying over the last few months.

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131 Responses to “Updated horizontal board 28/04”

  1. cha says:

    Red font is injury question players, Gold highlights are Seahawky types, yes?

  2. TomLPDX says:

    Awesome!

  3. Russ says:

    I think Gold are players Rob likes?

    Penning isn’t gold, but is very Seahawky

  4. glor says:

    And with the 9th pick of the 2022 NFL draft the Seattle Seahawks select Zachary Thomas – OT San Diego State.

    And the Media goes… who?

    While this is the most likely scenario, I sure as hell hope the Hawks get their crap together this year and don’t get cute.

  5. Brett in AZ says:

    Outstanding Rob. Again!

  6. JD says:

    Awesome! This is so helpful. Are we going to see the tier’s visuals as well before the draft? I always love those.

  7. Draft Day and the Rock says FINALLY!!!! anyway it’s like Christmas day and hopefully the Seahawks score major. Hopefully. I look forward for the next three days. Thank you Rob for all your hard work and effort.

  8. Huggie Hawk says:

    “Football Gods, grant me the serenity to accept the Hawk draft picks I cannot change…”

    Well done again Rob, outstanding content… here we go!

  9. HawkFanGA says:

    If the Hawks stay at #9, please give me Thibodeaux, Johnson or Stingley.

    • Roy Batty says:

      I’m praying for a QB and receiver to go in the top 10.

      That way, they have no excuse when one of; Stingley, Johnson, KT or Neal is staring at them at 9.

      All are immediate starters in positions of need. No extra 3rd rounder is that kind of sure thing. Foundational players you’ve locked up for 5 years.

  10. HawkFanGA says:

    Rob…I’m reading that Evan Neal may slide due to medical concerns. Do you think Seattle should select him if he makes it to our pick?

  11. Big Mike says:

    Of your 11 guys with pure first round grades, 4 of them could be had after a trade down. Of those 4, Zion easily is the greatest position of need for Seattle (the other 3 are DTs). While I think one of those 7 “pure” 1st rounders will be there at pick 9, if that isn’t the case trade down and then draft Zion. In that scenario. you’ve garnered extra picks (or if you prefer, worked the board in your favor) and still been able to pick a great player at a position of need AND one that fits your preferred approach of run the ball first.
    It all seems so simple to me. Of course it would be even simpler without the gaping chasms at the offensive Tackle position. None the less, Lucas or Smith could still be there at 40/41 or you could trade up a bit to grab one if and when the other goes off the board. Again, seems simple and smart to me.

  12. Erik says:

    The draft simulator keeps proposing that KC offers their two late first round picks for #9. I wonder if that is at all likely?

  13. Sea Mode says:

    Tony Pauline
    @TonyPauline
    ·14m

    Word out of Vegas is the Dallas Cowboys are working to trade up from the 24th pick.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Sounds like a lot of teams trying to get up to select the small handful of blue chippers available

      Man it’s a shame we’re about 3-4 spots too low here to get one of them

  14. no frickin clue says:

    Rob,

    If the Niners manage to pry loose the #10 overall pick from the Jets by trading away Deebo Samuel, who would you hope they do NOT select, if available?

  15. Cawww says:

    I may not be remembering correctly here, but I thought you had Neal listed as a G previously and kinda surprised to see him here as your top T. Is there anything in particular that has you thinking he’s more likely to stick at T now?

  16. Rob have you heard of medical concerns on Ikem Ekwonu? Maybe shoulder ? Number 9 pick is it possiblity.what is your thoughts on that

  17. unHappy Hawk says:

    Tonight is the real first step to a post R Wilson era in Seattle. We may know quickly how leadership views the current situation:

    Playoff contender? Draft a Qb high and plug holes= run it back
    Rebuild? Trade back and pick up more picks and build a new core group of BAMF young players
    Tank? Trade back and get 2023 draft capital for a move up for an elite Qb of the future next year

    Should be revealing tonight

  18. Gaux Hawks says:

    GRAZIE

  19. JD says:

    Rob,

    I know you’re live blogging and not live streaming, but would you please video tape your reaction to the pick/trade back at 9? Would love to see the unfiltered reaction.

  20. Sea Mode says:

    Aaaand PC has logged on to Twitter… (no clue out yet)

    https://twitter.com/PeteCarroll/status/1519789935770804224

  21. cha says:

    This is the way

    Peter Schrager
    @PSchrags
    Feeling around league is Seattle is a potential landing spot for Thibedoux/Jermaine Johnson II if either slips out of top 8.

    Seattle has not made a top ten pick since 2010.
    2:30 PM · Apr 28, 2022·

  22. Gaux Hawks says:

    my 58th and final mock…

    Boye Mafe (1)
    Abraham Lucas (2)
    Cam Jurgens (2)
    Channing Tindall (2)
    Dameon Pierce (3)
    Cam Taylor-Britt (3)
    Jack Coan (4)
    Cade York (5)
    Percy Butler (6)

  23. Malanch says:

    Here’s to getting a game-wrecker — not a franchise-wrecker.

    • ShowMeYourHawk says:

      Joke’s on you, friend. Jody Allen is already running the show….

      • STTBM says:

        Damn….and here I thought I was mean…

        I’d settle for a shutdown corner or an Olineman not named Penning…but yeah, Thibs or Johnson would be badass….Seattle should trade up to 5-7 and get one if they are there, like they should have done most years since 2012…

      • Malanch says:

        Ha! Yeah, probably so. Really, the apparent in-limbo status of the franchise is as fascinating to me as anything relating to team construction. I’ve rewatched the final pre-draft PCJS interview a couple times, and can’t help but wonder about the true nature of the Seahawks’ organizational alignment. Schneider talked about all the new faces shuffling into the VMAC of late, and I couldn’t help but think about those efficiency experts on Office Space: “What, would you say, you do here?”

        https://youtu.be/StIcRH_e6zQ

  24. Tomas says:

    Hoping for a good outcome tonight. Huge appreciation for Rob’s titanic efforts to inform us. Fingers crossed!

  25. Ukhawk says:

    Key Fact to Know about Jermaine Johnson

    Against Jacksonville State (FCS school) and Boston College (ranked 113th in pressure rate allowed), Johnson generated a 21.4% pressure rate 一 against everyone else: 10.8%.

    From Sharp Football Analysis who has JK ranked 7th amongst pass rushers.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Do they mention that at the Sr. Bowl, against some of the best players in college football, he dominated?

      • Peter says:

        It’s like the chart where most of his sacks come between 2-3 seconds……checks notes….60% of all sacks in the nfl come betwen 2-3 seconds.

    • Lurker says:

      Stats like this are interesting when they aren’t isolated. I think you need to do the same to all the other pass rushers in this draft and provide the entire context. Otherwise, this is a meaningless statistic.

  26. MountainHawker says:

    Obviously not likely….but if there’s a run on QB and/or wr and the edges fall to us….who would you take from Walker, KT or Johnson? I’m leaning Walker but I love Johnson’s attitude and leadership.

    • Henry Taylor says:

      KT is, and always has been, the top player in the draft for me.

      • Malanch says:

        When it comes to performance under the bright lights, Thibodeaux is unquestionably the top player in the draft — did you see him on set yesterday? Brilliant! If only his on-camera savviness translated to the football field. . .

  27. Sea Mode says:

    Something to kill the time and get excited about the draft. I really enjoy this series on YT. Maybe we’ll be the ones drafting a Jonathan Taylor this time around…

    https://twitter.com/Colts/status/1519088945514131464

  28. HawkFan907 says:

    Rob, you are amazing. Thank you again for another year of great content.

    I’m posting my final mock here, because this is were I get all of my draft info and the community here is awesome:

    1. JAX -Walker
    2. DET -Hutch
    3. HOU – Stingley
    4. NYJ – Ekwonu
    5. NYG – Neal
    6. CAR – Cross
    7. NYG – Sauce
    8. ATL – Thibs
    9. HOU (TRADE) – Wilson
    10. NYJ – J.Johnson
    11. WAS – Hamilton
    12. MIN – McDuffie
    13. SEA (TRADE) – Davis
    14. BAL – Penning
    15. PHI – Williams
    16. NO – Olave
    17. LAC – Z. Johnson
    18. PHI – Cine
    19. NO – Pickett
    20. PIT – Willis
    21. NE – Q. Walker
    22. GB – D. Hill
    23. AZ – L. Hall
    24. DAL – Burks
    25. BUF – Elam
    26. TEN – Ridder
    27. TB – Wyatt
    28. GB – T. Smith
    29. KC – Gordon
    30. KC – Mafe
    31. CIN – Booth
    32. DET – Lloyd

  29. cha says:

    Ari Meirov
    @MySportsUpdate
    Ole Miss QB Matt Corral said on NFL Network that he’s had great conversations with several owners and GMs and that made him comfortable enough to go to Las Vegas and be in the green room tonight.
    2:41 PM · Apr 28, 2022·

  30. Adog says:

    Hawks trade back…to 15…or so….and select linebacker/ pass rusher Loyd. Draft B.raimenn and Juergens in the 2nd. Take the best QB available in the 3rd…my guess is Howell…and the best cb available in the 3rd.

  31. Burner says:

    Cowboys and Eagles reportedly trying to move up.. Tony Pauline saying the Cowboys trying to move up and now this..

    Matt Miller
    @nfldraftscout
    Sounds like the #Eagles are trying to fly up the board. #NFLdraft

    Looks like we will be fielding a lot of offers at #9, I wouldn’t mind moving down if we can get another 2023 1st round pick, as long as Thibs and Stingley are off the board. We could be sitting in the sweet spot ahead of the Jets for those chasing WRs.

  32. DJ 1/2 way says:

    Here is an insight/strange realization. I found myself slipping towards being more concerned with Rob being right than the Seahawks picking the right players. Only slipping. Here is a partial test. Do you want Penning in the first round or one of the elite edge players to slip and the Seahawks pick them?

    Maybe Rob has hedged his bets? He is either right or happy. Is it like when a gambler bets against his favorite team. You win either way?

    Let me clarify that any reader knows (or should know) that Rob would prefer to be wrong and have the Seahawks pick the right players. That bulletproof authenticity and unquestionable fandom is special. Many have acknowledged the excellent and abundant free content, but it is the Man and who he is that makes this site unique and highly enjoyable. Thanks Rob.

  33. Rob Staton says:

    Latest from Tony Pauline:

    The Seahawks desperately want to trade down but sources tell me that the phone lines are not burning.

    • Peter says:

      Tricky. Trade down reports. Or KT, Johnson reports.

      Or-

      BPA…..which is not Penning.

      Get stuck at nine? There’s a half dozen players easy that add greater value to the team then a guy who may not stick at either tackle spot.

    • cha says:

      If they’re stuck at 9

      Ecstatic: Any of the 4 DEs, Stingley, Neal

      Satisfied: Gardner, Ekwonu, Zion, Jordan Davis

      Shrug: Cross, Penning

      Sick: A QB or a WR

      • Peter says:

        Add Wyatt and Lloyd to the “satisfied,” section for me.

        • MychestisBeastmode says:

          That other website that is current leader on Huddle report didn’t even have Wyatt in the 1st. I was surprised. Something tells me there will be a number of surprises today.

      • J says:

        Jameson Williams would fit this offense like a glove. And be a ready replacement when we move on from Locket next year.

        I know WR isn’t a real need but I’d rather get a stud WR than a average player somewhere else.

    • Henry Taylor says:

      Hopefully it forces them to take a player worthy of #9 (ergo not Penning).

    • Jabroni-DC says:

      When the other organization knows that you are ‘desperate’ it doesn’t necessarily help get a maximized or even fair return… unless they are too.

    • MychestisBeastmode says:

      What if they like Mafe, Williams, or Barno later?

      If they like Mafe, big if, they could conceivably acquire quite a few day 2 and 3 picks and still be in range to draft him in mid-to-late 1st. At least if someone is willing to give them a call.

    • SoCal12 says:

      Hopium:
      This means we’re staying at 9 and picking Thibs/JJ/Sauce/Stingley

      Copium:
      This means we’re staying at 9 and reaching for a classic Seahawks headscratcher like Drake Jackson/Ridder/Random Tight End out of Small School State

    • Scot04 says:

      I just hope they don’t take a below average offer just to be able to move down.
      If you can’t get served out you just stay where you’re at.

    • KennyBadger says:

      Blessing in disguise?

      Renew my faith PCJS!

    • CojackTX says:

      Just read the same article…sounds like one of the top pass rushers will be on the board for the taking if Tony’s feelings regarding the prior picks are right.

  34. Jabroni-DC says:

    Rob are you going to start a new thread for the ‘live’ link tonight?

    Thanks for the passion bro!

  35. KD says:

    Curious that Pete hasn’t dropped any draft clues on twitter like he normally does around this time. He usually does that when he is VERY confident that “his guy” will be available

    • Sea Mode says:

      He just did:

      Pete Carroll
      @PeteCarroll
      ·1m

      Our pick is in! (no it’s not) but here’s the first clue – “Next Year” by @macklemore
      #SeahawksDraftClues #NFLDraft2022

    • KD says:

      Never mind. He dropped one right as I was typing the above comment

    • SoCal12 says:

      I’m kind of taking this as that this Draft is more important and chaotic than usual so he doesn’t have time to goof around as usual. Probably on the phone continuously for last 24 hours trying to work out possible draft trades.

  36. Hoggs41 says:

    If anyone needs something to laugh at football wise while we wait here is an oldy but a goody.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dh4Pdxko2IE

  37. CHaquesFan says:

    https://twitter.com/jpafootball/status/1519822024411131909?s=20&t=qp2hGX4EenjweS9fWb5d4A

    > Rumors: Seahawks are desperately trying to trade down per @TonyPauline

  38. Palatypus says:

    Rob, do they have ridiculous renditions of the national anthem in your country?

  39. CaptainJack says:

    I feel like I’ve been stabbed through the heart. Gardner Garrett Wilson AND jermaine johnson are jets. what a haul for Selah.