20 potential Seahawks players to covet in the draft

Matt Bedford (#76) is an impressive right tackle prospect

Having posted a breakdown of +70 players I think warrant first, second or third round grades, I wanted to focus on 20 specifically who I’ve enjoyed studying.

I’ve not included the likes of Kayvon Thibodeaux, Aidan Hutchinson and Derek Stingley. I could’ve listed more names but wanted to stick to 20 for now.

Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
The feeling is that Alabama stymied Georgia in the SEC Championship, opening up a defense that had previously been dominant during the 2021 season. I re-watched the game this week and that certainly wasn’t the case regarding Georgia’s two stud defensive tackles who both excelled. Davis is a unique player. He’s 6-6, 340lbs and absorbed double-teams even against Alabama. Yet despite his size and incredible power to control the POA and drive blockers into the pocket, he has extreme quickness and athleticism to shoot gaps, disengage and explode to the quarterback and chase down ball-carriers. He is a rare talent and only a notch below Vita Vea’s potential when he entered the draft in 2018.

Trevor Penning (T, Northern Iowa)
I think he’s the best left tackle prospect in the draft. Penning plays with violence and aggression and gets after defenders. He is the opposite of passive as a blocker. His initial contact is often a jolting punch that shifts a lineman off the spot and he’ll frequently knock someone out of contain in the running game. He’s a people mover. He’s one of the best ‘finishers’ I’ve watched since starting this blog in 2008. When he connects there’s very little hand-fighting and calling it a day. Penning wants to drive you into the turf. He has an 83.5 inch wingspan and can dunk a basketball too.

Evan Neal (G, Alabama)
A lot of people are projecting Neal as a top-five pick at left tackle. I think he could be tried at left tackle but his natural fit, in my opinion, is moving inside to guard. His frame appears suited to that switch and I think that’s where his skill-set matches up. Neal is a powerhouse. He’s around 350lbs and I don’t want him trying to protect the speed rush off the edge — working against much smaller, quicker defenders. I want him lined up inside 1v1, hammering people off the snap. He’s big, explosive and physical with the potential to be an elite guard.

Bernhard Raimann (T, Central Michigan)
Raimann is a special tackle prospect with all of the physical skills you’d expect from a first round pick. He’s 6-7 and 305lbs and runs a 1.56 10-yard split. He can jump a 33 inch vertical and a 9-8 broad. Raimann shows very athletic footwork and it allows him to recover and counter when things don’t go entirely to plan. He handles the speed rush with a good kick-slide and he’s capable of being a ‘dancing bear’ to seal off the edge. He’s able to bench-press on contact by getting his hands inside to stone speed-to-power rushes. His powerful hands connect and lock-on vs the bull rush and he can plant the anchor against bigger rushers.

Abraham Lucas (T, Washington State)
Watching him control and handle Kayvon Thibodeaux was enough to have me sold but the more I watched the more I liked. I don’t think I’ve seen a right tackle since Tyron Smith look so comfortable operating in space, blocking 1v1 in pass-pro. His footwork to handle stunts is incredible and he reads them well. He doesn’t get too deep in his drop but he’s athletic enough to be able to stick with top speed rushers and contain. So many players are terrified at facing a player like Thibodeaux that they cede so much ground off the snap and invite pressure. They’re playing defense. Lucas is an offensive-minded tackle who backs his own physical profile to win on the front-foot. He ran a 4.30 short shuttle at SPARQ — an incredible time.

Dameon Pierce (RB, Florida)
This is a player I would put a big ring around and bang the table for. His limited role at Florida, which was bizarre, likely keeps him on the board longer than his talent warrants. He is a tone-setting runner and exactly the type of player Seattle’s running game misses when Chris Carson is out with his latest injury. He has ideal size at 5-10 and 215/220lbs. He has the kind of explosive traits you need at the position (37 inch vertical). His cuts are electric. He runs a 4.50 and benches 390lbs. He is a monster who just needs an opportunity to deliver on his immense potential.

David Ojabo (DE, Michigan)
Prototype edge rusher with the initial burst and quickness, length and lean frame (6-5, 250lbs) teams look for. He possess great balance to challenge offensive tackles with speed and then bending at the arc. He’s able to keep his frame clean and explode to the passer. You see evidence of speed-to-power and spin moves — so he’s not a one-dimensional rusher. His motor is good and while it’s certainly helped playing across from Aidan Hutchinson, he’s not succeeded purely from the attention Hutchinson demands. He scored a 106.74 at SPARQ.

Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
I feel like I’ve been forced to play down Linderbaum this year — but only because draft media keeps elevating him too high. He’s not a top-10 pick, as some are projecting. He deserves to be considered a top-40 pick with the potential to go in round one. He’s slightly undersized (290-295lbs) and we’ll need to see his arm length and explosive testing. There are snaps where he’s pushed back and he could be overwhelmed by bigger linemen. However, he has an impressive wrestling background (beating Tristan Wirfs in High School) and you see that in the way he battles up front. He’s athletic and said to be capable of a 1.55 10-yard split and a 4.22 short shuttle. The obvious comparison is Garrett Bradbury.

Logan Hall (DL, Houston)
One of my favourite players to watch so far and a player capable of emulating Houston team mate (and former SDB interview subject) Payton Turner and going in the first round. He is a typical inside/out threat with a ceiling to be as good as any in the league. How so? It’s his range. He can line up inside and push interior linemen into the quarterback. On another snap he’ll swim into the backfield, showing quickness and agility. He can play off the edge and win with speed or speed-to-power. He has very few limitations. He’s 6-6 and 275lbs and had 13 TFL’s this season. Keep an eye on Hall because he has bags of potential.

Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
The former Georgia defender transferred to FSU and put on a clinic in 2021. He registered 17.5 TFL’s and 11.5 sacks. He has classic edge size at 6-5 and 262lbs but is a candidate to play SAM snaps as well as feature at outside linebacker or as a 4-3 end. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash in high school and could go quicker with the right training. His first-step quickness is impressive and he has a repertoire of moves including an effective swim, spin and bull-rush. He’s a former JUCO standout, after being deemed academically ineligible. He then went to Georgia before transferring to Florida State.

Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
I mentioned earlier that Jordan Davis impressed for Georgia against Alabama, despite the result. Wyatt was equally impressive. He consistently burst into the backfield, created pressure and had an excellent game. He is quickly becoming the forgotten man of this class and deserves to be rated very highly. Reportedly he can run a 4.87 forty and jump 31 inches in the vertical and 9-3 in the broad. He’s well sized (6-3, 315lbs) and will be a disruptive interior force at the next level.

Carson Strong (QB, Nevada)
Strong is a superb anticipation thrower to the sideline. His speed-outs are nearly always thrown with timing and velocity. He has excellent arm strength and the ability to go through progressions and fit passes into tight windows at an elite college level. Strong’s technique is solid and his shoulder is often aligned to the target. Once he makes his decision to throw there’s no wasted movement. He has a superb, compact delivery. His whip-like release generates velocity. The ball pops out of his hand and he has a very smooth throwing motion. The problems are two-fold with Strong. One, he has a knee issue that will need to be thoroughly investigated. Two, he is a statue in the pocket. Thus, he takes an incredible number of sacks and has very little ability to improvise or extend plays.

Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
Pickett has developed into a gun-slinging dynamo with underrated athleticism that didn’t receive enough attention until his famous ‘fake-slide’ touchdown run in the ACC Championship game. He’s adept at subtle pocket-movement to buy time and deliver throws. He can make plays downfield, he’s good throwing on the run and he’s similar to Joe Burrow in that while he’s not an amazing runner — he’s capable of making some gains when the play breaks down. There are issues, though. His hand size is said to be 8 1/2 inches which is tiny — and he throws wearing gloves. He’s also too hesitant at times in the pocket, rejecting open plays as called to take off and extend. He’s fun to watch, though. He ran a 4.25 short shuttle at SPARQ and jumped a 35 inch vertical. He’s an athlete.

Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati)
Ridder delivers ‘wow’ moments as a passer, is an excellent athlete and has driven Cincinnati into the college football playoffs against the odds. However, he’s also frustratingly inconsistent and capable of ‘WTF’ moments to go with the magic. He has a skinny frame which could be a problem with the pro-punishment forthcoming. However — he just has X-factor talent that will give him a shot to make it in the NFL. The inconsistency probably keeps him on the board until rounds two or three but someone will take a chance and they could be rewarded spectacularly.

Zach Charbonnet (RB, UCLA)
Pass protection is an underrated quality among running backs. Several, including Alabama’s admittedly skilful and explosive Brian Robinson, aren’t very good at it. Zach Charbonnet is the best I’ve seen so far. It’s an added quality that should enable him to start quickly at the next level. He’s a former four-star recruit for Michigan who transferred to UCLA. He’s 6-1 and 220lbs and combines explosive running ability and the ability to run through contact with agility and quickness. He’s a capable receiver. Assuming he’s a mid-round pick, he provides an opportunity to get a starting, productive running back at value.

Phidarian Mathis (DT, Alabama)
He doesn’t have the same level of upside as Devonte Wyatt but he’s an extremely active, busy defensive tackle who plays with the kind of physicality you’d expect from an Alabama lineman. His testing numbers could be a concern. He ran a 5.38 forty at SPARQ and only managed a 24 inch vertical. He’s added over 30lbs since High School and seems to have upped his game. This year he has eight sacks and 10 TFL’s. He’s 6-4 and 320lbs with an 84 inch wingspan. Whether it’s gap control or shooting into the backfield, he has an intriguing skillset and looks ready to go to war at the next level.

Trey McBride (TE, Colorado State)
I’m not sure if tight end will end up being a ‘need’ for Seattle in 2022 but it’s the deepest position in the class so it’s worth tapping into. McBride will need to show off his agility testing to warrant a top-40 grade. The short shuttle and three cone are very important at TE. His YAC ability is seriously impressive — as he drives through contact and finishes runs. There’s no doubt about his willingness to block. He’s not the biggest at 6-4 and 260lbs but he gives everything at the LOS. His footwork enables a strong base, he keeps his feet moving to drive on contact and there are flashes of violence where he buries opponents into the turf, playing until the whistle. He’s the type of player you can build around.

Matt Bedford (T, Indiana)
Some are slating him to switch inside to guard but I thought he looked really good at right tackle. He has tackle size (6-6, 310lbs) and does a terrific job blocking with power. His lower and upper body work together and he’s in control — avoiding over-extending. He puts himself in a position to engage and work defenders. He’s a mauler who can drive off the snap and be a force in the running game, while holding his own in pass protection. The Seahawks are probably going to be in the market for a right tackle this off-season and depending on how he tests, Bedford is a terrific day-two option.

Jake Ferguson (TE, Wisconsin)
We’ve been talking about Ferguson for three years and it’s never truly come together for him at Wisconsin. There have been flashes in the passing game but frustratingly they’ve never been able to feature him in a way his talent suggested was possible. He’s a good blocker and has the ability to operate as a plus, mobile pass-catcher — with dynamic red zone potential. His ball skills are strong and if his lack of college production sends him down the board, he could be a terrific value pick. As noted earlier, agility testing is huge at tight end. At SPARQ, Ferguson ran a 4.15 short shuttle.

Derrick Deese Jr (TE, San Jose State)
I’m a huge fan of Deese, while admitting his fit will be a tough one to workout for the next level. He’s about 235-240lbs and if you want him to line up and grind things out as a blocker, there are better options in this class. Neither is he very likely to run a 4.50 at the combine and blow everyone away with his speed. Yet when you watch the tape — he’s just such a reliable catcher. He shows strong hands, excellent ball-tracking, body-control and the ability to position himself to get a jump on defenders. He’s physical enough and competitive. I think he could be one of those players who is effective and works out a role at the next level.

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  1. Peter

    Thanks for this. What a wild year to be into the draft. Either find vslue where you can or- have your brain blown by a blockbuster trade.

    You mention a bad draft broadly but in the advent of a blockbuster trade i see lots of value in positions of need that you have highlighted. Oline and some interedting dline. Both areas need serious upgrades. Plus I’m getting ready to get into watching Dameon Pierce.

    You’re right a lot about these types of picks that you like a lot early on.

  2. KennyBadger

    Should this be retitled “20 players Pete Carroll wouldn’t draft”?

    I hope jake Ferguson tests out well- ineptitude in the qb at Wisconsin meant poor stats. But he’s got a good frame, good hands, and can hold his own blocking. Seems Heath Miller -ish.

  3. Blitzy the Clown

    Charbonnet or Pierce?

    I really like Ojabo. I think he gets overshadowed like Devonte Wyatt.

  4. Julian Langdon

    Great stuff Rob, if I can hang on your coat tails with three other players I’m intrigued by;

    Lecitus Smith (Virginia Tech) – a genuine Left Guard, converted Tight End who’s carried forward some of that mobility whilst bulking up his 6”3 frame to 320lbs. He’s got a really strong base in pass protection, though can improve his mauling in the run game. I’m intrigued to see how he’ll perform at the Senior Bowl, where the Seahawks watch carefully. Could be an early RD 3 prospect?

    Tyler Allgeier (BYU) – another convert this time to Running Back from Linebacker, I’ve watched this guy all season. He’s 5”11 and 220lbs but really shifty, but as important he’s had over 1000yrds after contact. He hits gaps hard, and can carry tackling players forward with him with his strength. I think he’ll test well at the Combine and will go late in the 2nd Round. If he’s still there on Day 3, he’ll offer amazing value early in the 4th round.

    James Mitchell (Virginia Tech) – a Tight End who’s been injured since the 2nd game of the season with a knee injury that, as far as I can tell, isn’t career threatening. He’s around 250lbs at 6”3. He’s an aggressive blocker, but offers good athleticism to boot, averaging over 16 yards on more than 50 college career receptions. I think he’ll be a George Kittle type sleeper, who’ll fall much further than his worth in the draft, with many a team regretting passing on him in the future.

  5. Hawk Finn

    This is next level analysis, Rob. I appreciate your work.

    Curious why Kennedy Brooks doesn’t seem to garner much attention. Injuries? He seems to fit the physical profile; do you think he’s worth a mid-rounder or is he a late round projection for you?

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you

      I haven’t studied Kennedy Brooks yet

  6. Walter W Rucker

    Fantastic write up….
    I love McBride. He looks fast and fluid in the open field.
    I’m a patron!!

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you!

  7. Justaguy

    Premiere list Rob. Desmond Ritter has a big opportunity to skyrocket his draft stock. He has moments especially in scramble. If he uses his feet and throws a pair or better to beat bama then he makes me a believer.
    Jordan Davis can anchor a line.

  8. Ashish

    I hope we have different regime to pick this time for hawks. PC /JS has done worst selecting in past 5 years its just not coincidence. I do want hawks to do worst so we can rebuild starting with new coach.

  9. TheOtherJordan

    With the Chipper headed back to Oregon, how great would it be to see Pete Carroll roaming the sidelines of…………UCLA?

    • Rob Staton

      I think Pete should embrace the challenge…

    • AlaskaHawk

      If Pete doesn’t want to move there is always the University of Washington nearby.

    • Simo

      I think Pete should embrace the challenge of “retirement”. What else do you have to prove at 70 years old? You have enough money to retire very comfortably anywhere in the world, why the need to continue? If you have to be involved in football, take a consultant job somewhere.

      Pete must hear the rumors and know that much of the fanbase has lost their faith in him, so why put yourself through it all at this stage of your life?

      He can retire a Seahawks legend and hero, time to do it!

      • Rob Staton

        Pete must hear the rumors and know that much of the fanbase has lost their faith in him, so why put yourself through it all at this stage of your life?

        I think he’s very, very aware of this.

  10. Mike

    Let’s get back to some tough, competitive guys on the lines. I have no idea who this guys are because a lot of it depends on character but the team needs some tough guys. Just like michael bennet used to say a football team can’t be made up of choir boys.

  11. JJ


    Where do you rank Haskell Garrett on the DL’s you listed?

    • Mike

      It would be more useful resigning rasheem green

      • Mike

        I know this isn’t talked about. But rasheem green is still only 24 and has a plus athletic profile/body for dline. He is actually younger than dee eskridge.

        I think a younger guy who has some upside should be kept around. I don’t think it is that different from a michael bennet like player who was okay on a roomie contract but really took off as they got more experience. I know most people will disagree with this.

        • Peter

          Not me. I think green is one of a few value defensive players they have drafted. His age as well for me makes him a priority resign. If it is still the same FO and they don’t resign him it will be a massive (already) indictment in their ability to build a roster.

    • Rob Staton


      Like him

  12. Cougfanstan

    I’m all in on rebuilding the trenches on both sides of the ball. But FFS can we please identify and draft an explosive and gritty running back. Enough with Carson, Collins, penny, year after year. Somehow we can’t draft The Jonathon Taylor’s, Javontae Williams of the world. This offense would be dangerous with some investment into a few maulers up front, and a competent back not made of glass. I’m sick of it. Imagine being able to actually run a play action pass with the defense respecting the run game. It’s when Russ is the most dangerous. His deep ball passing is beyond elite, but when the defense knows it’s the only thing to fear, it’s irrelevant how well his deep ball is

    I’m sick of our front office and Pete trying to get cute in the draft and free agency. Draft BPA, quit with safety’s and linebackers. Build the trenches. Draft a stud running back. Get back to the basics. It’s time for a fresh set of eyes, Pete must go. Get Russ on board with the new plan and coaches. Draft some BAMF’s. Cut Bobby, Carson, Jamal, time to clean house. I’m over this brand of football

  13. swedenhawk

    Rob, thanks for this terrific list (I went straight to the PFN simulator upon reading). based on your evaluation, this doesn’t look like a particularly strong draft at center — if i’m not mistaken, there are only two in your top 70+. what options do you see at that position? are there any guards, for example, who could potentially convert? any possible targets in free agency? also, you seemed pretty high on Haskell Garrett last year. what changed your mind?

    • Rob Staton

      It’s very limited at center

      Ryan Jensen in TB is a free agent option

      I still like Garrett. I had him as a 2-3 last year and think he’s in that range still based on upside

  14. Mick

    Rob, do you ever sleep? This level of content is way beyond a personal blog.

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you

  15. Donovan

    Love the prospect write-ups, as I’m sadly just apathetic about the rest of the Seahawks’ season. So, thank you!

    Thoughts on Cade Otton?

    • Rob Staton

      I like Cade Otton. But it’s very hard to assess where he is, and how much potential he has, given the last two seasons.

  16. Roy Batty

    Rob, thank you for including Abraham Lucas.

    The guy has been pancaking Dlinemen since high school. His highlight film from back then is filled with him blocking people to the ground, or pushing them 10 yards down field, with ease. He was so much bigger than his opposition. He avoided the awkward lack of athleticism many young men face when growing that big, that soon, and it served him well at WSU. Hopefully it serves him well as a NFL starting tackle for the next decade.

    It will be interesting to see how high he is drafted.

  17. AlaskaHawk

    Thanks for the wish list Rob. I can’t imagine how many hours of research you have put into this.

  18. Peter

    Since this is a draft site. Desmond Ridder;

    Watched a few highlight reels and his game against Notre Dame. Nice to see the malcolm butler pick lives on years later as the announcers referenced it so that’s a thing.

    In a better QB class I think he would be a third or fourth round pick. This year maybe a second round? I saw some stuff that looked good. Good maybe not great arm strength. Good mobility. Could throw on the run.

    The bad: hate his frame. That RGIII, mariota build. I always worry about QB’s with that build getting hit. If you’re already not a fan of Wilson not taking the easy stuff you’re going to hate the same about Ridder. On back to back plays against Notre Dame he has passes broken up on deep balls while ( this is not all 22 just a replay mind you) there are open recievers for first downs. I get scripted plays but a warning sign for me is when a guy throws straight at a blitzing safety when it is 1 v. 1. I’d rather a QB turtle up and take the sack, pump fake, pull it back and try to run away, basically anything. Because in the Pros that can easily be a pick six.

    But….he has good accuracy overall. And if you are beginning a new era and a boatload of picks and can get him a great tackle like Lucas and maybe a true slot reciever or another TE weapon as a relief valve because he does easily dump off short passes when they are there…I think there’s really something to work with.

    • Starhawk29

      The Notre Dame game and his game against Georgia last year are some of his best work. Unfortunately the highlights don’t show the inconsistency or the very college nature of his offense. His arm is good enough, but he’s not a freak from an arm talent or athleticism standpoint.

      Re his build, I think your comparison is a bit off. Less RGIII and more Deshaun Watson. Lamar is similarly wispy. I think it’s fair to have concerns but comparing him to two famously injury prone QBs doesn’t seem fair. Ultimately I think he succeeds if he has a good structure around him. An OC that can scheme him into favorable positions and take advantage of his mobility. An RB that can carry the load and keep him from being the focal point of the game. Add in a pair of solid receivers and I think he can be a star. On the wrong team I just see his bad habits being reinforced as he tries to do too much.

      • Peter

        Great stuff.

        I think i should have leaned more towards Mariota who was healthy in college. They are the same size (mariota plus a few pounds.)

        I don’t watch many highlights of players, just a sprinkling. I try to watch a player against there toughest opponent so Alabama will be very telling. I watched all his snaps against notre dame and you nailed it. “The college nature,” of the offense concerned me. Some reads so not terrible. But some of that college style- just throw it to point x on the field stuff worries me.

        But i do like him. For a PC adjacent offense with strong running. Some deep shots. And he does seem more willing to go over the top of an oline for a dump off so again maybe a creative YAC style athlete to pair with.

        • Starhawk29

          Totally with you on the evaluation of his talent. I’ve been rooting all year for him to make the playoffs so we can see what he looks like against the best in CFB. Alabama, with their complex D will be just what the doctor ordered.

          For what it’s worth on his size, Watson was 6’3″ 215lbs, so just an inch shorter and same weight. Curiously, both Mariota and Watson had knee issues early, but obviously with Watson that’s not the concern any more. With the rules in place to protect QBs, I think you have to give him the benefit of the doubt on that. He absolutely needs to learn to slide though.

          I hate that we have to talk about it, but if I’m taking a QB this year, it’s him. He’s the only guy in this group I can imagine dominating the league. He’s a project for sure, but I don’t see anyone with his upside at the position this year.

          • Peter

            I’m with you. On even having these conversations. Strong’s knee is super suspect. The rest of the QB’s I think are going to be solid after thoughts.

            I know there is some love for Billy Zappe. I am pretty down on his level of competition but he’s playing at the senior bowl so maybe he shines.

            Ridder has played against some tough outs and getting to see him against Alabama is going to be be a real eye opener.

            Low-key interested in Cincy’s defense against Alabama. One butkus finalist in my favorite LB….and heir to the KJ Wright spot in Darrian Beavers. And two Thorpe award nominees.

            • TomLPDX

              I read today that Zappe is going into the transfer portal, so that means he is opting to stay in college ball.

              • Peter

                Makes sense. If true he is only 22. Another year at an fbs program could really push him up the boards.

                Also. My bad. Bailey, not billy.

  19. swedenhawk

    Incredibly, Mike Salk still thinks that the Seahawks can make the playoffs.

    • Rob Staton

      Of course he does

      Not listened to the B&S podcast this week. Can’t remember the last time I passed. And it’s nothing to do with Brock.

    • Ashish

      Last i checked there is 3% chance hawks to make play off. On broadcast hawks are not even in hunt window which has 5 or 6 teams.
      I hope we don’t make it miraculously else Pete’s contract will be renewed for 5 years.

      • Peter

        Awesome. We can win out and then hope some goofy last game of the season chaos breaks out? What a way to feel proud of this season where ESPN currently has us ranked 31st in both offense and defense.

        You’re right about Pete. Imagine how much struttin’ he would do at the podium if Seattle got in. I mean the guy still thinks an expensive, minimally factoring, Currently out Safety was/is a great get for the team.

  20. Denver Hawker

    It’s these kinds of lists that help me cope with the prospect of trading Russ to Giants or Eagles. I can get excited about rebuilding the trenches with these guys.

    However, that excitement is instantly deflated when I think of the prospect of Pete still at the helm picking players. Can’t help but see a potential mirror of the Raiders 2019 draft.

    • Peter

      Read a wellreasoned SI piece about Denver trading for Wilson.


      Right up to the point where they suggested trading us back one of their recievers becsuse seattle has “been constantly in search of a true thitd WR (sic).”

      Yeah. A third WR is exactly what a team w/o a QB needs.

      • Denver Hawker

        I think Denver gets interesting if they lose more games and the picks improve for 2022.

        If they end up 20 or higher, those picks aren’t too valuable without better players. Fant won’t be resigned at this point, Hamler has shown to be very injury prone unfortunately, and Patrick is the last player the Hawks would need if they trade Russ.

  21. Blitzy the Clown

    Rest in peace Demaryius Thomas. A great athlete, football player and human.

    • Peter

      One of my favorite players to watch. If when i lived in CO the fans hadn’t lost their ever loving minds for Tebow and he played with an above average QB he could have had a monster career.

      Memories of the time I was at a grocery store ad the woman behind me was losing her s— because i was taking too long and then it hit me she was gaming up snacks and jerseys for a freaking pre-season game that was going to feature Tebow’s first start.

  22. Matthew

    Curious what people here make of this?


    What’s RW’s hidden motive, if any? It’s odd to me to come out now, and say he’s absolutely going to play out his contract. I’d like to take it at face value, but these sort of things play out covertly, and im not sure what to make of it.

    • Denver Hawker

      It doesn’t mean anything. What else is going to say at this point in the season, especially coming off injury?

      It’s like someone’s partner going up to them and saying, would you like to see other people? What are you supposed to say? “We’ll, since your asking, here’s my list of candidates I’d consider…”. He’s committed, like a lot of us, and will say so, until he isn’t.

      • Matthew

        He doesn’t have to say anything! That’s the point.

        • Denver Hawker

          Saying nothing just fans the flame.

    • Rob Staton

      The motive is not creating any distractions.

      This is the way to do it.

      And look — Wilson doesn’t want to leave Seattle.

      The chances of him staying are virtually nil though without significant change. And we all know what that means.

      It’s as simple as that.

      • GerryG

        This 100

  23. Group Captain Mandrake

    Nice work Rob, it’s an interesting read. Particularly since I don’t really follow college football so I am not all that familiar with players outside the PNW. The downside is that you’ve written an article that will get me excited about players the Hawks will never draft. I am not entirely sure I will ever understand PC/JS’ thought process for drafting.

    • Roy Batty

      Hubris and short-term memory.

      That’s my only explanation.

      • Group Captain Mandrake


  24. Silly Billy

    Over the cap says the Bears have our 2nd rounder, and we have Giants 2nd rounder.
    Can someone catch me up as to why that is? Am I missing/forgetting some trades?


  25. RIP Sonics

    Love the list. Another dude I wouldn’t mind drafting with our first pick (if he makes it there) is Perrion Winfrey DT (#8) from Oklahoma. Dude is a force. Definitely a tone setter and just stands out with twitch and strength when he plays. Could be a potential inside rusher to boost the defense.

    • Seahawkwalt

      He is a brute…I’ll second that

  26. Rad_man

    Can attest to Abraham Lucas as a person. First class. First rate.

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