My final 2023 horizontal draft board

Here is my final horizontal draft board for 2023.

Click to enlarge the image below:

Here are a few explanations…

— Players in red either have reported injury or character concerns (injuries have an ‘I’ next to their name, character flags have a ‘c’)

— There are nine players with legit first round grades (meaning they could be clear first rounders based on talent in any draft)

— There are 17 players in the second tier, which I classify as ‘would be willing to take them in round one this year’

— I have given 36 second round grades

In total that means I have 62 players I would be comfortable drafting in the first two rounds. Thus, I am very confident that whatever happens tonight — the Seahawks have an opportunity to add talent at a value cost and come of this class with a nicely bolstered roster.

If you missed my final mock draft yesterday check it out here.

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  1. Murphy

    The amount of work that went into that spreadsheet is staggering! Bravo Rob! Never been more excited or more informed for a draft.

    • Lex

      I’m sure this will fire up the piss chuggers; get ready for Carter to work his way in the round 1-2 catagory & if he is your draft crush, you may want to feel good about this!

  2. samprassultanofswat

    Thanks Rob: Love your website.

    Notes from Michael Lombardi

    I was listening to Michael Lombardi. The most important thing when it comes to drafting is information. It is a lot harder to get information today that it was 20 years ago. 20 years ago you could go to a college and they would give you all the information you wanted. You could go into the training room and the trainers would give you everything. The laws in the country do not allow this any longer. You have find other ways to get this information. It’s not easy. Also Lombardi went on to say that the biggest mistakes teams make has to do with character. Not talent. The biggest draft mistakes has not been over the evaluation of the talent. It’s been the evaluation of the character.

    In regards to Carter. No one is going to say anything bad about Carter. You are going to have to find a way to dig deeper. To see who you are getting. Whoever draft’s Carter you are going to have to spend time teaching him how to be a pro. To be a professional. It’s gotta be hand’s on. You gotta spend time teaching him how to be a pro.

    Michael Lombardi mentioned Anthony Richardson. Lombardi it might take two years to get him ready to play in the NFL. In regards to Michael Mayer. Lombardi had him as the best tight-end in the draft. And then when he watched the tape. He wasn’t as high on him as before. Before looking at the film he thought he could be another Gronk. But his blocking wasn’t as good as he thought it was. He still thinks he is a good player. But after looking at the tape. He not as high on as he was before looking at the tape.

    Lombardi also said that their is not foundation to be believe that the Patroits are interested in Levis. In regards to the top 4 QBs they all have flaws. However, Bryce Young is heads and shoulders above the other top three QBs. The only flaw Young has is he height. He does believe that the Colts will take Levis at 4. With that said what the Colts should do is trade for LaMarr Jackson. Lombardi would take LaMarr over any of these QBs in this draft. LaMarr is going to have two contracts after this one. However, LaMarr probably will end up back with the Ravens. LaMarr is getting advice from people who have no idea how the NFL works. BTW: He also considers Levis a backup QB. He can’t get over how Levis could NOT beat out Steve Clifford at Penn State. Why?

    He also said that he thinks the Seahawks are playing it smart. He heard the Seahawks are looking to move down. Maybe get a first round pick in next years draft. Also Caleb Williams would be the number one overall pick in THIS years draft.

    • Big Mike

      I’ve heard the “Levis couldn’t beat out Clifford” from Joel Klatt as well. Um guys, is it possible Levis actually oh I don’t know, improved?
      Look I’m not saying he’ll be good for sure, no one can say that. But the traits are there. “Couldn’t beat out Clifford” was 3 years ago.

      • Rob Staton

        We can run through plenty of other QB’s ‘who didn’t beat out’ a certain player in college

        Then thrived

        Including the NFC QB representative in the Super Bowl, and the AFC representative the year before

        It’s a weak argument TBH

        • BK26

          Not to mention what actual coaching can do. Look at literally anyone who went through Penn State. Franklin hasn’t had anyone succeed. Coaching matters. Growth matters. Want a kid that actually got better or one that is still running off of being a top recruit.

          Saw Merril Hoge, Dan Patrick, and Klatt also mention how you can’t teach accuracy and pocket awareness. Also can’t showcase it when you are constantly down 20 by halftime and have to play do-or-die. Or your tackle is falling into you.

          Also, Purdy got benched a few times in college. So he should be written off too correct? Last year was a complete fluke?

        • geoff u

          Joe Burrow couldn’t beat out Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, Dwayne Haskins, or Tate Martell at Ohio State and, the big loser he was, tucked tail and transferred to LSU. I still can’t understand why anybody drafted the bum.

        • Troy D

          It is an exceptionally bad argument. I could more easily argue its an indictment of a head coach than a player since the head coach is in control.

      • Lex

        Clifford… the big red dog?

  3. Ben - Fort Worth

    It’s draft day, the draft could literally not begin quick enough. How many hours before Seattle is officially on the clock? 6ish?!

    • Big Mike

      10 mins per pick plus Goddell the puppet will talk a little to kick things off so I’d say right around 5:45

      • Roy Batty

        And the clock resets on trades. So if both the Texans and Cards trade down, it will be quite a while before the Hawks pick.

        • Big Mike

          I did not know that. Thank you Roy.

  4. Mike K

    Thank you Rob for another year. My go to place for fun draft and hawk news… that makes SENSE!

  5. Rob Staton

    Hey it’s as good an answer as any other 🙂

    • Hughz

      Haha I’m convinced Pete just messes with us and the clues have no meaning.

      • Rob Staton

        100% correct

        They’re so vague they could mean literally anything (and possibly mean nothing)

      • Rushless pass

        I remember 2019 he gave a clue about Motown. I thought for sure we were drafting Rashad Gary! Boy was I wrong

        • Rushless pass


        • UkAlex6674

          They wanted him though so maybe not wrong!

    • Peter

      The replies though…..almost hoping for levis so the folks saying “God no” like they are tortured finally quit the team.

      • Rob Staton


  6. samprassultanofswat

    I just posted some comments from Michael Lombardi. The comments I might disagree with are. I don’t think it will take Richardson two years to develop. According to Lombardi and I agree is that Richardson should have stayed in college. He is just not ready . If someone takes him and he is not ready it could be a disaster for Richardson. WOW!. Two years is a long time to wait for Richardson. The Seahawks have hired QB guru Greg Olson. So maybe it will not take two years.

    Also Lombardi said that LaMarr is still going to have two more contract after is next one. Maybe. But the way his body is breaking down I don’t know about two more contracts. If he wants to two more contracts he better use his arm more than his legs.

    • Belgaron

      If Richardson does extremely well, he still won’t be a complete product after a year, most great players make great strides in year 2. As long as he keeps improving, his team will be happy. He needs to drive his professional mechanics into his muscle memory, he needs to thoroughly understand the offense and each week’s game plan, he needs a deep understanding of what defenses do and specifically the things they will do to try to confuse him. He needs to have a deep understanding of his progressions and reads. He needs to learn how quickly to pull the plug on a play and how to just make things happen, running and throwing. He needs an offensive line unit with smarts and high end skills up and down the group, a receiver group that makes his life easier, a strong running game, and an offensive coaching group that makes it all happen at a speed that matches his development. He needs to learn to be elusive, to look off defenders, to hit a receiver in stride without looking directly at him, to pull defenders offside with snap counts and take advantage of the free plays. And while doing all that, be a natural leader. it’s one of the most daunting jobs in the world, so his fans need to cut him a lot of slack.

    • MountainHawker

      He’s a top prospect this year. I see no reason to risk injury in another year of college. Florida wouldn’t make waves next year anyways. I think he made the right call

      • Roy Batty

        He wanted to take care of his family. Pretty good reason to get paid, even if it’s a year early.

    • J Junker

      “Two Years to Develop” seems pretty reasonable to me, even optimistic. But I don’t view it the same as “Two Years to Become a Starter”… I think some things can only be learned from actual game experience, which Richardson has very little of, and after he starts playing (after maybe 1 to 1.5 years on the bench?) he will still be developing his game.

  7. Hawk Finn

    Clearly I am terrible at this newfangled Internet thing because I can’t find any information on Dawand Jones character issues other than him not doing a weigh in at his pro day. Can someone shed some light on that for me? Apologies for any burden my ignorance has caused, now and going forward.

    • 805Hawk

      I don’t know if it’s character issues, just that he didn’t do anything during the pre-draft process. That didn’t help him. At least that was my take. I coach youth football with his agent, and he loves the kid, but that’s coming from a guy with vested interest. For whatever it’s worth, they are hoping he slides into the end of round one, but won’t be surprised with round two. I didn’t press him on why they didn’t have him test. Didn’t think it was my place to question. He also represents Kazmeir Allen, who he hopes goes in the fifth.

    • Kuya

      A couple of Top30 visits were canceled or he didn’t show up (Steelers and Commanders). He also showed up heavier at pro day and didn’t do any drills, which can raise a football character flag.

  8. 12th_manderson

    One of Luepke, Mauch, or Kraft will be Seahawks. They scouted 2 of their games and were in attendance at NDSU’s pro day.

    • WallaSean

      I have wanted a FB for a few drafts. A way to jumpstart the running game when it struggles, plus a big 3rd down back leaking out as a safety valve, 4th RB when injuries accumulate. Also Luepke has great TE testing numbers outside of size. Maybe he falls to day 3 and we get some extra picks from trade downs?

    • AC

      Honestly I’d be down with all three. Mauch is a little shy of 33 inch arms but would fit this blocking scheme like a glove at C or G, Kraft can catch the ball and get after you as a blocker, and Luepke is versatile enough to add to this offense potentially.

    • Sea Mode

      You mean Seattle area scouts were… doing their job?

  9. Saxon

    A pro/anti checklist for 2023

    Pro: taking a QB at #5.
    Anti: taking Will Levis at #5. He’s a great kid from a great family and has intriguing tools but he makes some really bizarre choices and I wonder if he lacks the innate instincts to be a solid starter. Yes, Kentucky was awful and he dealt with a ton of adversity but he didn’t adjust and raise his game. Maybe it was the injuries and the lack of a viable supporting cast but it doesn’t excuse some of the bad decisions he made. It’s not what was outisde of his control but what was in his control that is troubling. The processing issues are real. To me he is a lot like Drew Lock.

    Pro: DL, DL, DL! I hope that the majority of their early picks are edge and DT.
    Anti: Taking Jalen Carter at #5. More red flags than a CCP military parade.

    Pro: Trading down from 20. The strength of this draft is round 2. There is little material difference between what you get at 20 and at 30. Hopefully someone will trade up and we can add picks.
    Anti: Taking a RB in first three rounds. Other than perhaps Bijan, I think we should wait. The RB class is deep enough that we may be able to get Spears, Roschon, McIntosh later. Walker will and should get 70% of the carries so his backup won’t majorly contribute contrasted with other positions of need. RBs are fungible and *usually* shouldn’t be taken high.

    Pro: Returning to 4-3 defense. Our current personnel and the players in this draft are better scheme fits for a 4-3 cover 3 defense than the 3-4. It immediately provides a wider array of draft options at DL.
    Anti: Taking a corner early. This regime has proven many times that they can develop corners selected in the middle rounds. There will be some intriguing corners going in R1 but we need to focus on the trenches.

    Pro: getting one of the solid safeties in the latter rounds. We need to be ready for when we finally cut Diggs and Adams. I mean, that has to eventually happen, right? Right???
    Anti: Taking a center in the first round. We’ve heard about JMS and Tippman possibly being selected in R1. This would be a mistake. The center position isn’t quite an emergency. If we can get a developmental player in the latter rounds (Juice Scruggs?), fine, but otherwise I’d roll with Evan Brown and Blythe and try to get Sedrick Van Pran next year.

    Pro: dipping into a deep TE class. For a team that wants to run the hell out of the ball, Darnell Washington would be a godsend. He can operate like a third tackle while refining his route running. There are few true Y tight ends outside of Washington but many top flight athletes worthy of consideration throughout the draft.
    Anti: Taking a WR in the first two rounds. I just see mostly a bunch of JAGs. Not a fan of Downs. Considering his high number of catches he has an alarmigly low YPC. We could use another WR for sure but I’d wait for a developmental player later in the draft or sign a free agent.

    Pro: Cody Mauch hair, smile, fiery attitude.
    Anti: Cody Mauch arm length and weight. He is likely to play guard and would need to add 20 pounds…

    Pro: Live streaming the draft with a delirious Rob Staton, up way past his bedtime.
    Anti: Watching ESPN/NFL Network. Their coverage sucks.

    This is going to be complete chaos. Can’t wait 🙂

    • Peter

      Not bad.

      But remember Josh Allen was a truly horrible qb for three years with no help but also against players that weren’t any kind of opposition and John would have drafted him. Allen was brutally bad. Never controlled what he could control. there were flashes.

    • AC

      My response to Will Levis not raising his game is – look at how they did without him in their bowl game. Zero points.

      Kentucky would have been 0-9 in the SEC and 2-12 overall without him. They beat Youngstown State and Miami without him but I’m not sure who else.

      When you have a squad that bad you have to make bad decisions with the football. If you are down double digits throwing a three yard pass to a TE who won’t even sniff the NFL on third and long and hoping he makes a play doesn’t cut it.

  10. geoff u

    Stroud wants to be a Seahawk. Seahawks don’t use the S2 test. Stroud “tanks” the S2 test.

    Not sayin’ i’m just sayin’

  11. Rob Staton

    If you missed it yesterday, please check out the VSiN video from last night:

    • Sea Mode

      I did miss it yesterday. Gave it a view, a like, and a comment now. Glad to see you on again (twice).

      • Rob Staton

        Thank you!

  12. Shawn

    Apparently 12 of the 13 players in my last mock are on Rob’s board 🙂

    Calijah Kancey
    DT Pittsburgh
    (Trade with Vikings)

    Will McDonald IV
    EDGE Iowa State
    (Trade with Cardinals)

    Hendon Hooker
    QB Tennessee

    Mazi Smith
    DT Michigan

    Felix Anudike-Uzomah
    EDGE Kansas State
    (Trade with Bears)

    Joe Tippmann
    OC Wisconsin
    (Trade with Giants)

    Marvin Mims Jr.
    WR Oklahoma
    (Trade with Cardinals)

    Jordan Battle
    S Alabama
    (Trade with Titans)

    Zacch Pickens
    DT South Carolina
    (Trade with Cardinals)

    Roschon Johnson
    RB Texas

    Dorian Williams
    LB Tulane

    Nic Jones
    CB Ball State

    Chamarri Conner
    CB Virginia Tech

    2024 BAL 2nd
    2024 TEN 3rd

  13. 805Hawk

    Anyone have access to McSay’s final mock? Curious what he did for the Hawks in his final one that he just posted.

    • LetArichCook

      Carter and Richardson 🤯

      • AC

        If they get AR I won’t care about Carter.

    • Rob Staton

      AR then a receiver

  14. samprassultanofswat

    Rob: Appreciate everything. After the draft is over. You deserve to spend as much time with your family as possible.

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you

  15. Volume12

    That 2nd clue Van Ness w/ his hockey background?

    • Rob Staton

      Makes sense

      But it feels too obvious

      • Volume12

        True. His nickname being ‘Hercules’ and the Kraken is a sea monster in Greek mythology. Kinda all adds up

    • LetArichCook

      Kraken have tentacles, Tyree has tentacle like arms

      • Brodie

        Zach Harrison has even longer arms. Plus Kurt Cobain’s favorite Beatle was George Harrison

      • Rob Staton

        Don’t they also have a beak?

        Time to start looking for players with a big nose

        • Blitzy the Clown

          I don’t think he’s dropping clues about specific players/picks but more general

          Clue #1: First comes love, then comes reality.

          Hey Seahawks fans, you have who you love, and then there’s who we draft

          Clue #2: Release the KRAKEN

          Let’s hear your outrage!

          • KitsapHawk

            I will choose to translate this as, sorry guys, I like Jalen Carter’s talent, but can’t do it.

        • Brodie

          There was an Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode where Charlie admits that Frank always makes him eat the beak first when he orders chicken.

          Charlie Jones (WR-Purdue) confirmed.

    • geoff u

      Is that the player you want? These tend to be a bit like a rorschach test

      • Volume12

        I’d be happy w/ Van Ness. Will Anderson is my 1A though.

        Could also be Jalen Carter. ‘8’ tentacles. The #8 is pretty important in Buddhism (Nirvans is the song playing in the YT video). He wears 88.

    • DriveByPoster

      Ness is also the famous Scottish home of a mythical sea monster!

  16. cha

    Wow. A report that reports nothing, somehow found its way to two league reporters 3 hours before the draft.

    Ian Rapoport
    The #Ravens and star QB Lamar Jackson have made progress on a mega-deal, sources say.

    It’s not done. But Baltimore may keep their star, and Lamar should get paid.

    • MountainHawker

      He just reported they agreed on a deal. I feel much more comfortable about Richardson being there at 5. I was legitimately worried the colts would trade for Lamar and the ravens would get 4 with Richardson being the obvious replacement.

        • cha

          Ian Rapoport
          It’s a 5-year deal for $260M for Lamar Jackson, source said. The new highest paid QB.

          • MountainHawker

            Good for Lamar. Glad it wasn’t us. Rookie QB is looking better and better

          • cha

            Adam Schefter
            Compensation update: Lamar Jackson’s five-year deal is worth $260 million, including $185 million guaranteed, per sources. On an average per year basis, it makes Jackson the NFL’s new highest-paid player.

    • geoff u

      Also curious to see what happens to DeAndre Hopkins.

  17. crazykind

    This site has made me more knowledgeable than ever on not only the draft but the Seahawks blueprint and the game itself. Rob, your body of work is unequaled and you’ve built an incredible community here, a true gift to serious football fans. Thank you!!!

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you 🙏🏻

  18. UkAlex6674

    Is Foskey goes in R4 someone is getting a steal

  19. Thomas Wells

    Thank you to the community for being a place where civil and intelligent draft discussion can take place. And thank you especially to Rob for presiding over the community and working tirelessly to crank out top notch content. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy tor blog and appreciate your efforts. We are lucky you chose to be a Seahawks fan!

    Time to sit back end enjoy the day we have all been waiting for!

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks man

      Appreciate you all 👏🏻

    • Sea Mode


  20. Swedenseahawk

    I won’t be able to see the draft live (runs at 02:00 am swedish time).

    So I will have to read about it tomorrow.

    However, in regards to previous drafts, I have set the bar low so I will not be disappointed.
    (I.e preparering for Wilson and some random namn at 20 that Rob doesn’t have on his seahawks big board).

    But for the love of god JS and PC… PROVE ME WRONG!!!!

    A.Richardson and mcdonald IV, please!

    Will allmost be to scared tomorrow morning to find out the results.

  21. Coach

    In the spirit of getting back to drafting BAMF’s, should Wisconsin teammates Tippman C and Benton DT be two of our primary targets at key positions of need? I think yes, but wanted to see what the rest of the blog thought!

    Go Hawks!

    • Brodie

      I think everyone is pretty high on Benton. Might have to take him at #37 to get him, which is kind of where you’d need to take Tippman too.

      If it’s a choice, I’d take Keanu.

  22. Jerry

    Hey Rob,

    Thank you for all you do!

    I’ve never followed a draft as much as I have this year. One really interesting trend I’ve noticed over the last year: punditry and industry consensus gravitating towards things you were talking about months prior.

    Your work is recognized and very much appreciated!

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks for pointing that out Jerry

      Might not get everything right but there’s a whole bunch of players again this year we were ahead of the curve on

  23. Madmark

    I will be fine with Seattle’s draft as long as they don’t draft an OG in the first, WR in the fourth, or a TE in the fifth.

  24. TJKK

    After many-a-runs through the PFN Mock Draft Simulator, I just had my favorite result. Would be EPIC if we pulled off something that even smelled like this (not holding my breath for one second though). Multiple trade downs involved obviously:

    15 – Anthony Richardson – QB
    20 – Nolan Smith – EDGE
    30 – Calijah Kancey – DT
    37 – Darnell Washington – TE
    43 – John Michael Schmitz – C
    52 – Jahmyr Gibbs – RB

  25. J

    Silly question but..What’s with Seaside Joe having a bee in their bonnet about this site?

    • Al U

      It’s extraordinary. I think Rob must be the first thing Kenny thinks of when he wakes up each morning and the last thing before he goes to sleep every night.

    • Ian

      I noticed that too.

    • Rob Staton

      Just ignore it

    • Starhawk29

      My guess? He’s trying to become the “#1 draft site” and knows the only way to do that in Seahawks fandom is to go after Rob and his evaluations. I generally like his stuff, but the draft stuff is all almost unreadable. He basically rants against combines, stats, film watching, and the rest of the evaluation process before launching into a diatribe on what “could” happen (since he claims no one can predict anything in the draft).

      Frankly, it’s pretty condescending, and misses the point of covering the draft. Yet he’s continually tried to market his site for its draft coverage. I’ve taken a hiatus from there until after the draft lol.

    • Matt

      Rob is living rent free in his head

  26. PJ in Seattle

    Thanks again for the great work this year, Rob. You’ve really outdone yourself. Can’t wait to see what unfolds a few hours from now. Appreciate you!

  27. no frickin clue

    One question for the masses: who is the one draft candidate you are MOST hoping to be a Seahawk by the end of the weekend?

    For me, it’s JL Skinner. Next-best thing to Kam? Yes please.

    And one last shout-out to Rob for all of the work he puts into SDB.

    • UkAlex6674

      Derrick Hall

    • AC

      For selfish reasons Daiyan Henley.

    • GoHawksDani

      Richardson or Stroud – We can get pretty good DE/DT/OG/OC/S/CB/WR/RB/TE/etc in late R1 any year, but usually you can’t get a good QB with franchise potential in that position.

      But it’s hard…not sure who’s an absolute beast as a blocking TE, but I’d like one. And maybe Charbonnet as he has that hard running ability

    • Brodie

      Apart from blog favorites like Will McDonald and Keanu Benton…

      I’m hoping for Keaton Mitchell and Tyler Scott on offense & Jerrod Clark and Antonio Johnson on defense. Pulling for Deuce Vaughn too, but both of those RB’s fall outside of the parameters that they’ve gone for.

      Love Tyjae Spears & Sydney Brown, but they will probably go earlier than I think we’ll address RB or S.

  28. Roy Batty

    As the draft starts, I will be chanting “Benton, Pickens. Benton, Pickens. Benton, Pickens”.

    • UkAlex6674

      Benton & Pickens sounds like a firm of solicitors

    • Brodie

      Right there with you Roy!

  29. MountainHawker

    Anderson and Richardson have both said Pete. Cool to see

    Also made me realize there’s an incredible small entirely unrealistic chance we end tonight with Anderson AND Richardson

    • GoHawksDani

      Well a, we trade up to #2 with maybe #37 to select Anderson AND we trade #20+2024 R1 and maybe 2024 R2 for around #8-12 and Richardson falls, I can’t see how that could happen. But if it would, I’d be over the moon.
      I wouldn’t even care if we have like 1 or 2 picks this year other than those two (because of trading away the rest)

      • Wilson502

        We arent moving up to #2 to take an Edge rusher, itll be for a QB if anything.

  30. Blitzy the Clown

    Draft clue #3:

    Apollo Creed in I believe Rocky 3 when he agrees to train Rocky

    Anyone have an opinion on that?

    • Volume12

      Van Ness. Apollo & Hercules. Carl Weathers also played DE in college.

      • Volume12

        lol I’ve convinced myself of this. Gone down the rabbit hole way too far

        • CL

          Okay, so it’s past 11 pm in Europe and I can’t wait until the draft finally starts.

          Out of total boredom I read basically every comment about Pete’s draft clues on Reddit and some people have really good guesses that we can piece together.
          (I am aware that Pete is most likely just playing around, but hey, I’m bored anyway)

          The third season of Love is blind takes Place in Seattle.
          There are 5 couples.
          3 of them at least agree to marry.
          Arizona is looking to trade out of the third spot.
          3 / 5 couples -> Seattle trades up from 5 to three to three

          The third season of Love is blind aired on 3/24, the exact date the Seahawks met with Will Levis as Rob posted.

          Pete could also be referencing the theme of the show “making a life long commitment”, although a risky one because the candidates barely know each other, which could mean Anthony Richardson.

          Then Pete’s second clue: The Song Lithium is the fifth song on Nirvana’s nevermind.
          Hence Pete is making clear, that he was indeed talking about the fifth pick. (Nobody did come up with something better, I’m sorry)

          Third clue: A Carl Weathers picture, eliminating Will Levis from the equation unfortunately.

          So the Seahawks are going to pick Anthony Richardson after a trade up to three. Mystery solved. Lean back everybody, we can chill now.

          *Insert the meme with the crazy conspiracy dude*

          • Blitzy the Clown

            Ok those are interesting and I follow the logic.

            Except for how a Carl Weathers photo eliminates Levis

            • CL

              Well if the rumors that the Cardinals traded down should be true, I think it’s actually the Titans. There was a lot of buzz around that.

              Clue 3 was purely based on skin color, not Levis but AR.

              With clue 1 it could’ve either been about the date the season aired (-> Levis) or the commitment to a “risky” player (-> AR).

              So Pete needed to clarify that it’s indeed AR.

              Just to make sure, I don’t think any of this is actually true, but it was definitely a funny pastime hehe

      • Brodie

        4th clue: Black hole from Interstellar

        V12: Van Ness! Nothing more powerful than a black hole. No man more powerful than Hercules.

        To be fair. I keep cramming Harrison into these clues as well for some reason (I’m not even sure I like him that much as a player). I saw Dillon from Predator and thought of this pic.×490/public/c/2022/10/133617_h.jpg

    • AC

      Geno training the QB we take at 5.

      • J

        Is it a pic Dillon from Predator. Who was friends with Arnies Dutch. So Van Ness

        • Brodie

          Haha! That’s where I went with the pic too, but not the conclusion.

      • Patrick Toler

        I actually like this one. Geno just needs to grow his mustache out a little bit.

    • DriveByPoster

      I think it’s actually from The Predator. Dillon the CIA guy.

    • One Bad Mata’afa

      Ojulari or Roy. LSU Tigers.

      Eye of the Tiger …theme song of Rocky

      • Brodie

        I like it

  31. JimN

    Thanks again Rob for all your hard work and help to us all. Here’s believing that you are the 2023 Huddle report champ!

  32. MountainHawker

    Done deal? Mannn the draft needs to start already

    • Rob Staton

      Iron price 😂

    • cha

      Prob won’t be finalized/announced until after pick 2.

      • Wilson502

        Id really like to see the Seahawks move up to #2 and lock down Richardson. Not liking the fact that AZ is trading down.

  33. Big Mike

    A reminder about the Lamar contract, yes it’s 286 but the guaranteed amount is being reported as 185. He did not get the full guarantee he was seeking. I don’t know if the rest is a 5th year option or what but if it’s 185 for 4 guaranteed years that likely does not make him the highest paid QB. I do not know details but they will come out.

  34. cha

    Charles Robinson
    Structure of Lamar Jackson’s deal with the #Ravens should open up a shot at facilitating a trade for #Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
    1:32 PM · Apr 27, 2023

  35. KennyBadger

    Rob I hope this is a labor of love for you because my excitement and preparedness for this years draft wouldn’t be this high without your efforts. Let me echo what many posters have done the last few days and thank you for everything you do here. Looking forward to enjoying this with the SDB community and your continued analysis. Cheers 🍻

    My choice this evening will be Laphroiag 10 for the simple reason it was what I was drinking during last years draft and I will not be the weak link of the superstition team.

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you!

      It really is a labour of love. I really love the blog but it’s growing to the point I might need to ask for the number of hours in a day to extend to 30! 🙂

    • Sea Mode

      Cheers! 🥃

      Finally, someone else enjoying a good single malt scotch! Anyone else care to join us tonight?

      I’ll be starting with an Arran Sherry Cask for pick 5 and then switching probably to Ardbeg Corryvreckan by pick 20. We’ll see what the mood is by then. Luckily, I’ve got lots of options. 😁

      • cha

        Redbreast Lustau (olorosso sherry finish)

        And then probably some Woodinville Cask Strength

        • Sea Mode


  36. Peppapig

    That Kenneth Arthur guy is more obsessed with Rob Staton than the Seahawks. He’s really childish in the way he goes about it. Chill out Ken. 😂

    • Rob Staton

      Just ignore it

    • Demitrov

      Seriously. It’s like that jilted ex girlfriend that still suits talks you to everyone she knows a decade after the breakup. Like just move on already, it’s getting sad.

    • Patrick Toler

      Yeah, I had to unsubscribe. The one way drama was too much for me.

  37. Peppapig

    I smell jealousy. Best he stays behind a paywall.

  38. Rob Staton

    Florio reckons Titans moving up to #3

    • Rob Staton

      Everyone thinks Stroud, I wonder if it’s Richardson

      • Wilson502

        Not liking this at all, Seattle should spoil their plans and move up to #2.

        • geoff u

          That Kelsey Plum can sling it. Sign her up

      • Mick

        I also think Richardson. Wonder if we shouldn’t move to 2 to get him. But I could live with getting Stroud.

      • Nfendall

        I am afraid it is for Richardson as well, but I am at the same time convincing myself that Malik Willis will sour them on taking another uber-athletic QB project. I know they are not equal in comparison, but that is my hope.

        • MountainHawker

          See I see Malik Willis as an indication of what they want at QB and Richardson is a clear and obvious upgrade

      • Cawww

        I’m thinking it’s Stroud due to the Ohio St connection with Vrabel. Counterpoint could obviously be that Vrabel might have negative information from Ohio St, but I can’t picture Stroud actually being “uncoachable”

    • Troy D

      Could this be to jump Indy for Levis?

      • Blitzy the Clown

        He is the most pro ready. But I’ve a feeling it’s for Ant. Maybe for Stroud

        • Troy D

          I will say if its for Richardson and Stroud is there for us, its really an easy sell for the fan base. The media nationally will latch on to the tweet from 8 years ago and how this is perfect and all that. Although, I think in that scenario the talk around Flynn v Wilson QB competition will heat up as narrative because its not Richardson or Levis (who many will not bat an eyelash at sitting). Still, I would love it.

        • Peter

          If the compensation isn’t whack and he is the pick and he gets close to where we hope he becomes…..I’ll probably be right back on my time to let Pete and John walk bullshit.

          So….three ifs.

          • Wilson502

            Right there with you, RW trade becomes a massive failure for me.

    • Scot04

      Was so hoping it was someone for Paris

    • cha

      Ian Rapoport
      While the #Titans have had conversations about a potential trade up to No. 3 — among other spots — they have not had conversations centered around star WR DeAndre Hopkins, source said.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        They have only 6 picks in this draft and he’s a first time, first draft GM

        That’s a helluva lot of risk

        I dunno

      • geoff u

        How would Hopkins factor in? They’d have to give up even more, an insane amount, to get to him and 3.

        • geoff u

          Apparently Cards are trying to force Hopkins to be a part of the deal. Weird.

  39. Blitzy the Clown

    Imagine CJ Stroud falling to Seattle at 5, with the full compliment of 9 additional picks to stock the roster

    Carroll said yesterday there are a couple of QBs they’d be thrilled to get.

    • Wilson502

      I have a feeling the worst case scenario is going to play out and we get stuck with Will Anderson, and have to settle for somebody like Hendon Hooker with our 2nd pick. Should have paid the damn iron price.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        I think the only way that happens is if Carolina upends everything by taking Ant themselves.

        If Carolina takes Young as we all expect, I’m pretty confident Houston are taking Will Anderson. But if they take Ant and Young is available to Houston then I think they take him, which leaves Stroud for the Titans and Levis for Indy

        • Rob Staton

          There is a little part of me that wonders whether it goes:

          CAR — Young
          HOU — Levis
          TEN — Richardson
          IND — Stroud

          But I’m cool with Will Anderson

          • Blitzy the Clown


          • Wilson502

            Yeah, not getting a QBoTF is a massive miss. Unless they decide to take Hooker later in Round 1, the RW trade really becomes devalued for me. You may not agree, but thats how I look at it.

            • Patrick Toler

              I am all for taking a shot on a quarterback (Richardson!), but it’s not like they are without risk. Anderson is an awesome player who very safely projects to be a significant piece of this defense. It’s not hard to imagine him having a Kam or Bobby type of impact in the team culture. Wouldn’t hate that at all.

              • Wilson502

                Anderson just doesnt provide the impact to elevate the team like a QB does. He might be a “safe” pick, but plenty of “safe” edge rusher picks have busted. Adding Anderson to this team doesnt do much of anything with Geno still at QB.

          • Peter

            With apologies Rob I’m using this as a teachable moment for the knobs who say how you are and other such b.s.:

            Ahem…while I like Anderson as a pick I personally will be bummed IF the titans select Anthony Richardson. AND the trade compensation is not awful AND he ends up being great.

            There. See. You too can argue with Rob on his own hobby platform and most likely not get kicked off…..

            Please don’t kick me off btw…I don’t have time to come up with a new account for you to let on tonight😃

          • Sea Mode

            Could happen. Everyone dinging the QBs finds out that the NFL is… still a QB-driven league and you either have one or are doing all you can to find one.

    • HawkfaninMT

      Not to be nit picky but I think he said a couple guys, not necessarily QBs

  40. Trevor

    Consensus among draft pundits is Carter to the Hawks. Even McShay switched his up last minute. God I hope they are wrong.

    • Blitzy the Clown

      “It makes so much sense”
      “Need meets talent”
      “Best player in the draft”
      “Carroll loves a project”

      All of that is bollocks

      I will be gobsmacked if it’s not and Carter is the pick

      • Troy D

        I completely understand it and I will shake my head for years if he isnt the 2nd coming of Cortez Kennedy

    • Rob Staton

      Where did McShay do that?

      • Rob Staton

        I’ve just seen it. That’s weird. To me that seems like he heard something last minute and is making it out like a personal choice.

        Thank god the draft is tonight.

        I noticed he simply moved them off taking Richardson at #5 to them taking him at #20. So I guess he’s probably heard Richardson is lasting deeper, like many are starting to project.

    • PJ in Seattle

      Same w 90% of my friends. They think I am crazy to even suggest a QB a #5. “Carter may be the best DL of this millenium.” :QBs bust all the time and we have Geno.” “jalen Carter will instantly fix our pass rush.”

      I feel like I’m being gaslighted.

      • geoff u

        what good quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl anyway

      • Wilson502

        Its because theyve been fed all the same lazy dumpster fire narratives and just accept it without any critical thinking.

      • CL

        If the Texans end up taking a Defender, and the Cardinals don’t trade down but take OL instead, I’m seriously wondering if the plan is to get Carter and Richardson.

        Not the dream scenario of Anderson + Richardson, but could be worse imo.

        • Peter

          It’s still my dream scenario….

      • Troy D

        Your friends have been gaslit by many. Some would have you believe Carter is the best DT prospect since Suh. I just dont see it and there is no way anyone can convince me he is anywhere close. He better be the second coming of Tez.

        • PJ in Seattle

          Suh was the most dominant college NT I’ve ever seen. And even he was no franchise savior.

          Carter’s ceiling is peak Suh if he can finally put in the work and connect all the needed dots. Unfortunately, his floor is out of the league in 5 years or less if he doesn’t.

    • IDhawk

      If it is Carter then I will hope for one of two things A) against all odds the guy actually turns things around, grows up and lives up to his talent or 2) it’s the last mistake Pete Carroll and John Schneider make for the Seahawks organization.

  41. Nfendall

    I mostly lurk here but I wanted to echo the sentiments that many others have expressed that the content for this year’s draft has been second to none, Rob. Your analysis is thorough, logical, and fully your own instead of following a media narrative.

    Thank you! You are appreciated!

    • Rob Staton

      Thank you

  42. Rob Staton

    My question here, if this is true — why aren’t the Texans or Cardinals taking him?

    • MountainHawker

      Was just going to link that. I could see teams wanting to jump the bears or eagles. Trading to 2 or 3? I’m skeptical

      • MountainHawker

        Or perhaps the eagles are jumping up like in your scenario

    • Scot04

      Multiple could be two, maybe Philadelphia like you suggested, & possibly Chicago. We’ll know fairly soon.

    • geoff u

      Because, well, you see…at picks 1-4 it’s just too much of a risk. But at 5, suddenly it’s ok. It’s the magical number for things like these.

    • Peter

      Great point. Texans don’t need the next suh, Donald, tez, sapp….? Weird.

    • 805Hawk

      They are speed dialing the Cards and will the race to the podium (unless they are too exhausted from all the pre-draft work and then they will just make a half hearted effort to get to the podium).

    • Blitzy the Clown

      Tbf he says “i heard from some friends that their friends…” so it’s third hand

      I buy the rumor about Philly, but a host?


  43. KD

    2 hours to go till the Hawks are on the clock, and I’ve got a serious case of the stomach butterflies

  44. 805Hawk

    I’m a little scared that Pete’s draft clues seem very obviously point to a QB. In the first one the clip shows how the bachelor talking about getting divorced and looking for a new love (RW leaving and then drafting a new franchise QB), then showing Kelsey Plum hucking a t-shirt into the crowd. Too obvious, right?

    • geoff u

      Is there really still going to be a Schneider show today? Seems odd.

      • geoff u

        Didn’t mean to respond here, but that’s how this site rolls

        • Peter

          Sure it’s not operator failure?

          I kid

          • geoff u

            I cannot recall and plead the fifth

    • Rob Staton

      Pete’s clues are nearly always impossible to work out

      I think he just has fun with them

  45. Peter

    Just trying to be cool about everything.

    Whether they make picks we like or don’t there’s ten picks and they can do a lot to turn this team into even better than last year.

    • Rob Staton


    • pdway

      exciting and somehow stressful too……this thing really could set us up………..

  46. Todd M

    A lot of noise at the last second here, including PC’s ridiculous “draft clues” and the potential AZ trade down, but is there really any reason to deviate from the philosophy of “take whoever is left of the 4 QBs and Will Anderson?” I don’t see it; anything else seems like overthinking or enormous risk (JC).

    • Rob Staton

      Thankfully we don’t have to wait much longer

      • Troy D

        My body is ready

  47. Zxvo3

    Just a reminder that we should all be happy on this day no matter who is the pick. 2 years ago in the 2021 draft we didn’t even have a pick in the first round. It was miserable. This year we have 2 in the first and 2 in the second. Let’s enjoy this!

    • Big Mike

      Incorrect. PCJS made it clear that Jamal Adams was the first round pick.

      • Wilson502

        Cant believe we wasted 2 1s and a 3 for this clown, but we cant move up a couple of spots to lock down the QBoTF.

    • PJ in Seattle

      Exactly. Our beer glasses are totally half-full!

  48. Blitzy the Clown

    NFL Network or ESPN?

    • Big Mike

      NFLN for me

    • Cawww

      ESPN. I avoid NFLN since they have Daniel Jeremiah on

      • Big Mike

        I avoid Eastcoastbiased Sports Programming Network because they contribute way too heavily to the fawning over the Dallas cowgirls, Duke basketball, Zion Williamson, etc. The whole star making approach to sports is beyond bullshit.

  49. HenPeng

    As ever thanks for your work this year Rob. Great to see the reach of this blog really expand this year, it is well deserved.

    Not sure everyone realises how lucky we are to have a BBC journalist do this as their labour of love.

    Ever the optimist I’m excited for whoever we pick today.

  50. Seahawkwalt

    Lets Go!!!!!

  51. Troy

    Whoa Lamar finally signed a deal! 5 year 260 mil

    • Big Mike

      185 guaranteed

    • PJ in Seattle

      What’s Mama Jackson’s cut?

      • geoff u

        All of it. Lamar gets a monthly allowance.

    • SoCal12

      I remember a bunch of people dogged on him for not having an agent. Guess he negotiated himself just fine.

      • Troy

        Yup alls well that ends well for him…185 mil gotta feel pretty fucking good

  52. Bertelli

    Probably unlikely, but I’ve been warming up to an all offense start to our draft. My dream scenario:

    5) Richardson
    25) J Gibbs (trade w NYG (#20 & #89 for #25)
    37) Duwand Jones
    38) D Washington (trade w LV (#52 & #89 for #38)

    I know it neglects the defense early on, but you could address that with picks 83, 123, 151 and 154, then use the final two picks on secondary or WR. We could also potentially resign some of our previous cuts for depth.

    You’d have Richardson running the read-option with two stud running backs behind a young, massive offensive line. Sign me up.

    • Tecmo Bowl

      Like the players a lot, but they gotta mix in defense with the 4 premium picks.

      5. Anthony Richardson QB Florida

      25. Adetomiwa Adebawore EDGE Northwestern
      trade icon

      37. Darnell Washington TE Georgia

      52. Mazi Smith DT Michigan

      83. Luke Wypler OC Ohio State

      89. Tyler Scott WR Cincinnati
      trade icon

      123. Chase Brown RB Illinois

      151. Cory Trice Jr. CB Purdue

      154. Dorian Williams LB Tulane

      198. Anthony Bradford OG LSU

      237. Evan Hull RB Northwestern

      • Duceyq

        Jalen Carter-DT GA
        Jamyr Gibbs- RB Ala
        Hendon Hooker- QB Tenn
        O’Cyrus Torrence- IOL Fla
        Jailyn Hyatt- WR- Tenn
        Saiki Ika- DT Ore
        Julius Brent- CB Kan St
        DeMarvian Overshown- LB/SS Tex
        Jarrett Patterson- IOL- ND
        Chris Smith- FS- GA
        Jacqueline Roy- DT- LSU

  53. Troy D

    Louis Riddick just laid it out on Carter exactly right. Off the field character “Red Flag” On the field consistency “Red Flag.” Your organization from A to Z better be zipped up and sure…airtight. Carter outside of the top 10…I get it. Or for a team like Philly who can afford to mess up and has a championship quality squad that can ttell him to straighten up…sure.

    • Big Mike

      The Seattle Seahawks in the middle of a rebuild/reset…..nope.

  54. Kerren

    Feeling like Will Anderson at 5 to us?
    1. Bryce
    2. CJ
    3. LV (AR) Boooo
    4. Levis
    5 Anderson
    Opens up so much for us in trades for the rest of draft and we have to work on QBOTF next year
    Watching the Tor-TB to keep my nerves sane
    Rob enjoy this day (morning) your work was unparalleled this year and sit back and enjoy CHAOS

    • Rob Staton

      If CJ Stroud goes #2, not sure Arizona can move out

      I think they take Anderson

      • Kerren

        If Vegas pays the iron price (1st next year + day 2 this year) and possibly getting Wilson (assuming DET thinks they can work with Carter)
        Imagine making Will Anderson more motivated to play you twice a year by trading out of the pick
        Gonna be fun Go Hawks!

  55. BoiseSeahawk

    Amazing coverage again Rob!

    Thanks for making the draft into an international holiday.

    If they can get one of either Cory Trice or Rejzohn Wright in round 3 I’d be thrilled.

  56. Cysco

    I’ve got two bottles of whiskey sitting on my coffee table.

    One – Dalmore 18
    Two – Jack Daniels

    One is reserved for any of Richardson/Stroud/Levis/Anderson/Kancey/McDonald/Robinson/Mayer
    Two is reserved for Carter/Wilson/JSN/some random 2nd round graded prospect from left field

    How about you guys?

    • Kerren

      Mine is red wine
      one is Caymus reserve
      two is Night Train

      One is reserved for any of Richardson/Stroud/Levis/Anderson/Kancey/McDonald/Robinson/Mayer
      Two is reserved for Carter/Wilson/JSN/some random 2nd round graded prospect from left field

      • Cysco

        Love it! I’ve already started the pre-party with the red wine. I’m afraid I’m going to need something a little stronger to calm my nerves in 30-mins

    • Sea Mode

      See discussion above!

  57. Jace

    Thanks Rob for all your hard work and another great year!

    Here is my attempt at a Hawks Mock:

    Anthony Richardson QB- Florida

    *Hawks can’t deny the physical tools and the athletic upside this QB possesses.

    1.20 Trade back to 1.23 get 4th

    John Michael Schmitz C- Minnesota

    *The Hawks move back a few spots and gain a 4th. I think there is a chance they go best player available here, but center is a glaring need unless you feel comfortable with Joey Hunt at Center..

    Round 2- 37
    Adetomiwa Adebawore DL-Northwestern

    *Hawks fans can stop complaining they haven’t drafted a DL after this pick. Runs a 4.49 40 at 282 LBS and dominated the Senior Bowl.

    Round 2- 52

    BJ Ojulari DE- LSU

    *Very similar build to Uchenna Nwosu and can replace him after this year.

    Round 3- 83

    Marvin Mims Jr. WR-Oklahoma

    *Tyler Lockett replacement in a few years. Can return punts as well.

    Round 4- 123

    Dorian Williams LB- Tulane

    *College team captain who had 132 tackles and five sacks. Ran a 4.49 40. Can sit for a year to learn behind Bobby.

    Round 4- 124 (Gained from Baltimore)

    Braeden Daniels OG- Utah

    *Versatile OL who can compete for a spot at RG after Gabe Jackson was cut.

    Round 5- 151 Darius Rush CB- South Carolina

    *A 5th round corner who use to play WR. Sound familiar to anyone? Long, lengthy corner that Pete can develop opposite of Tariq.

    Round 5- 154 Jay Ward S- LSU

    *Leader of the LSU defense. Versatile DB.

    Round 6- 198

    Eric Gray RB- Oklahoma

    *Gray is a solid receiver out of the backfield and ran well in 2022. Travis Homer replacement

    Round 7- 237

    Calvin Avery DT- Illinois

    *Short and stocky Poona Ford replacement.

    • Troy

      They signed a free agent they won’t need to roll with Hunt

  58. NCHawk

    My out there prediction – QBs go 1/2/3/4 and we get Anderson at 5. Then we draft QB Holton Ahlers from ECU in the 7th and he leads us to a Super Bowl in 2025.

    • NCHawk

      Crazy – Ahlers actually ended up being the only QB we came away with!!! UDFA instead of 7th, but still. LOVE IT.

  59. Troy

    Anybody else feel extremely nervous right now? I used to feel like this before I played games in high school football, this seriously might be the most important draft in seahawks history. 4 picks in the top 2 rounds, including pick number 5. This is franchise defining, one way or another.

    • Hawktalker#1

      Yep nervous. So much history with crazy drafts, Malik now Carter, QBOTF or not, Robs trade downs (love if a reality), but need a solid build draft.

    • Roy Batty

      Actually, not really. I was yesterday, but, amazingly I’m fine tonight.

      Rob has prepped us so well, relieving most of my anxiety that they’ll muck it up. All the things Schneider has said over the off season tells us that he’s mirroring last years draft. They won’t get cute, will go BPA and jump on any talent that falls their way.

      Strangely enough, I don’t really care much who they pick at 5. I know the player will be good. Even if it’s Carter, I’m confident he will contribute to one degree or another. This draft isn’t make or break on the #5 pick, no matter what amount of hyperbole is spouted tonight.

    • Patrick Toler

      Just got back from a walk in the woods and feeling calm as a cucumber. Must be getting too mellow in my 40s but after months of angst I don’t think there is anything they can do that will upset me too much (maybe shouldn’t put that out into the universe). Carter or Wilson? There’s upside there. Trade down? Honestly this year there might not be too big of a difference in picking 5 or picking 10. Hoping for Richardson, but chilled out and excited to see what happens.

      • Roy Batty

        It’s a weird feeling isn’t it. To be sitting here on draft day not feeling the usual Seahawks getting cute anxiety.

    • Matthew

      The most nervous I’ve been regarding the Seahawks since SB49. Whatever happens, it has the potential to be talked about and debated potentially for decades. Pick a QB who’s a bust over Jalen Carter, who ends up maximizing his potential…or pick Jalen Carter over the next Patrick Mahomes? We won’t hear the end of it if Seahawks miss. Hoping for the best.

    • Big Mike

      Not nervous. Confident that one of the QBs reaches #5 and if not, the defense will automatically be better with Anderson who plays the run very well and will give us a good pass rusher from day 1. Run D is obviously an area we need improvement.
      I’m also not nervous that we take Carter. Pete made it clear it wasn’t going to happen without directly saying so.

  60. Kenny Sloth

    I bet we take Herndon and White

    • Patrick Toler

      Alright, Hooker at 5 might be the one pick that pisses me off.

      • KnoxHawk

        For real! Would make me punch soomething

  61. Roy Batty

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned, but if AR tumbles, I’m wondering if they use the 20 and 52 to move up get him?

    • Scot04

      How about Rob gets all his Seahawks predictions right from his last Mock. Works for me.

    • Seahawkwalt

      Hope so…

    • Roy Batty

      Gimme the 10, 30 and next years first.

  62. KnoxHawk

    We likely won’t have a shot at a top QB for a very long time, QB has to be the pick!!

    My wishlist for #5

    1.) Richardson
    2.) Levis
    3.) Stroud

    • SalukiHawk12

      Exact same

  63. Sea Mode

    Ok, I’ve finally caught up on all the comments and it’s time for my stab at Pete’s draft clues so far. I mean, what else am I going to do waiting for 2am to roll around…?

    I do think they always do mean something, while at the same time he chooses ones that could always mean a lot of things just to have fun with fans.

    The little success I’ve had with the clues comes more from kind of “in plain sight” themes revolving around one player in the early rounds rather than super obscure references referring to several players.

    My theory is this year is: PC is telling us they are going to draft a QB, one of the top 4.

    Clue 1: “first comes love, then comes reality”
    Premieres March 24 = Kentucky pro day was held on March 24 = Will Levis
    “Not a lot of guys that look like us talk about the stuff like this.” = Bryce Young
    “You can picture this great future with somebody, and then this person is gone.”
    (could mean that they first loved Young, but then reality set in that they won’t be able to get him.)

    Clue 2: “Release the KRACKEN”
    Liam Neeson = Liam Coen, Will Levis’ OC/QB coach

    Clue 3: Carl Weathers, whose hand was bitten off by a gator in Happy Gilmore = Florida Gators = Anthony Richardson

    Clue 4: Kelsey Plum = big arm = Richardson or Levis.

    Clue 5: The core of the onion = developing a QB into what he can be.

    • Denver Hawker

      Is the Kelsey Plum one a little too obvious they’re taking a TE?

      • Denver Hawker

        Which TE comps to Waller?

    • Rob Staton

      “You can picture this great future with somebody, and then this person is gone.”
      (could mean that they first loved Young, but then reality set in that they won’t be able to get him.)


      • Sea Mode


    • Sea Mode

      Oh shoot, that’s a great idea above from 805Hawk: Clue #1 could refer to the whole situation with RW.

      “You can picture this great future with somebody, and then this person is gone.”

      Clues #2 and #3 link fairly easily to the two QBs. Could the other two possibly link to the other 2 QBs?

      Still waiting for that last clue as well. Hmmm…

    • Rob Staton

      I agree with V12 that the Kraken one might be Van Ness as a possible option at #20. The onion core? Maybe they think one of the center’s has great core? Or maybe it’s about the interior being solid (center/guard?)?

      • Rob Staton

        Or maybe Pete’s messing with everyone 🙂

    • Sea Mode

      Last clue is up. This was set up and seems more intentional.

      I find it interesting that they panned into the shot and on the wall are pictures with “A” “B” “C” “D”. Open to taking any of the QBs?

      “Jump on it” song, paying coin to move up?

      Beastmode merch hanging visibly behind him.

      • Roy Batty

        Probably a nod to jumping on any of the 4 QBs.

      • Sea Mode

        This one’s really far out, but maybe the whole Realease the Kraken thing from Clash of the Titans, and the Kraken mascot handing them a gold tooth, could mean they are trading down with the Titans…?

  64. Roy Batty

    A great omen so far on my end: my two cats and dog are all laying on the couch beside me. That only happens when there’s a foot of snow outside. Currently it’s 72 in Spokane and usually they’d be outside running around.

  65. Blitzy the Clown

    I’m surprised by how conservatively Levis is dressed

    Serious suit for a serious occasion

    • Rob Staton

      He looks the best TBF

      • Roy Batty

        That’s because he’s a Finance MBA, not a communications major😂

  66. Rob Staton

    Rapoport saying no guarantee Carter goes top-10

    Let’s just get on with it

    • Roy Batty

      And we are hearing teams are looking g to trade up for him.

      Bloody hell, let’s get the top 10 out of the way please.

      • HawkfaninMT

        Enjoy the journey man!

        • Roy Batty

          I am. I am.

          It would be perfect if the Texans picked Carter. Not so much for taking him away from a possible Seattle pick, but more so we can move on from the guy for the rest of the draft.

  67. Sean

    Odds for top 6 taking form:

    1) Young
    2) Stroud
    3) Anderson (maybe Wilson?)
    4) Levis
    5) Carter 😳
    6) Witherspoon

  68. Ely

    NFL network really wants Charles Davis to be Mike Mayock

  69. John

    Carter will be the pick at 5

    • Peter

      Cool hope he turns into q williams, suh, mccoy…..

    • Big Mike


  70. Mick

    If I woke up at 3 to see us take Carter or Hooker, I’ll be damn pissed.

  71. Roy Batty

    Will Anderson with all his sisters is PURE GOLD.

  72. Blitzy the Clown

    Why has draft twitter become convinced Houston are taking Stroud now?

    • d

      betting odds i think….which kinda shows they don’t know how odds work

  73. Rob Staton

    Sam Farmer on Richardson & Bijan…

  74. Roy Batty

    AR already showing off his new personal logo with that diamond encrusted pendant.

  75. Blitzy the Clown

    So did Seabuoy pay the gold price?

    Is that what the last clue is?

  76. Sean

    Fantastic work Rob.

    Curious, are you wavering at all on your stance of the Seahawks not picking Carter?

    • bmseattle

      All of the well thought out reasons that Rob has used to predict that the Seahawks won’t pick Carter, still are true.
      I doubt that he is changing his mind based on twitter rumors.

    • Rob Staton

      We’re 30 mins from picking

      Why would I change my opinion now?

  77. Sea Mode

    Well, here’s my final guess I posted. 😂

    #1: “You can picture this great future with somebody, and then this person is gone.” RW3
    #2: Liam Neeson = Liam Coen, Will Levis’ OC
    #3: gator in Happy Gilmore = Gators = Richardson
    #4: big arm = Richardson or Levis
    #5 onion = develop a QB
    #6: “Jump on it”, gold tooth = trade up

  78. Roy Batty

    You think the Big10 isn’t drooling over the fact that two California kids could go 1 and 2 in the draft?

  79. Kyle R

    I hate that the first overall pic really takes this long. I mean come on you’ve really been on the clock for two months.

  80. Big Mike

    OK, now it gets interesting………..well, in 10 mins anyway and then if there’s a trade another 10 minutes and……………..

    • Roy Batty

      It’s like the last 20 minutes in an NBA game where the score is 101-109.

      Foul. Timeout. Foul. Timeout.

  81. JimN

    Is there a seahawk war room stream??

  82. Hawks4life

    Jalen Carter here we come!

  83. Hawktalker#1


  84. Jonny

    War room:

  85. Scot04

    Levis please

  86. Jonny

    John is on the phone.

  87. Glor

    Hawks taking their time, trying to trade down I bet

  88. Georgia Hawk

    Carter incoming…

  89. Glor

    Of course the hawks get a commercial break for their pick..

  90. Glor

    Damn…. Buckle that chin strap people lol

  91. Scot04

    Well Rob you called it. You said if Richardson was gone they’d likely go Witherspoon. Great call.

    • Peter

      How about:

      Texans still get Anderson

      Cardinals still get Paris Johnson

      Eagles still get Carter.

      Rob……should be the entire cbs draft “team”

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