Mike Florio has written an article today relaying some information he’s hearing:
How about this one? There’s chatter in league circles that the Seahawks could take Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson with the fifth overall pick in the draft.
It would be a surprise, to say the least. But some believe the Seahawks will take Richardson at No. 5, if he’s there.
I don’t think it would be a surprise at all and have been suggesting for a number of weeks that I think Seattle’s two key targets are Will Anderson and Anthony Richardson. Anderson gives them a productive, powerful edge-threat with alpha leadership qualities and a potential impact player. Richardson is exactly the type of physical unicorn Pete Carroll loves to develop and John Schneider is a traits-based projectionist at quarterback.
A report like this doesn’t do Seattle any good if it is indeed true. I think there’s a very real chance someone will trade into the top-three picks specifically to target Richardson. For all the hand-wringing over what he is today, the upside is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. There’s nothing stopping Richardson developing into a Josh Allen type player. For that reason, I think there will be some teams seriously thinking of jumping up to #3. Division rival Arizona would certainly love to spoil Seattle’s potential plan, while acquiring extra stock themselves.
I noted this on my live stream earlier — a lot of people call Richardson a high-ceiling low floor player. I actually think his remarkable physical talent raises the floor. When he works the pro-game out, he could be a fantastic player. Give him time, be patient with him and the rewards are exciting to think about.
Tomorrow I’m going to publish my full interview with Tony Pauline (check it out) but here’s a clip from the conversation where Tony calls Richardson to Seattle ‘a perfect fit’ while praising the mentoring capabilities of Geno Smith:
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) April 24, 2023
Now, admittedly, we hear a lot of things in the media. For the last few weeks everyone has been predicting Jalen Carter to Seattle. Recently there’s been a shift with Daniel Jeremiah citing sources that have made him think that won’t happen. Tony, in our interview, voiced a similar view on Sunday.
It’s possible the wider media is catching on at last but anyone who follows the Seahawks closely could see why Schneider and Carroll in particular could be enamoured with Richardson. Corbin Smith even reported a lengthy meeting between Schneider and Richardson’s agent at the Florida pro-day, while Carroll had an audience with Billy Napier. On top of that, Richardson spoke openly in the media about his connection to the Seahawks during their combine meeting.
There’s been a blossoming relationship brewing here.
I spoke to someone who knows the Seahawks very well yesterday and asked his thoughts on the quarterback class. He thought the upside potential of Richardson would likely put him at the top of Seattle’s quarterback board.
The Seahawks have ample picks to address their defense and take a quarterback. Will Anderson looks increasingly likely to be off the board by #5, there are injury concerns with Tyree Wilson and Bob McGinn’s explosive report on Jalen Carter makes him seem even less likely to be the pick than ever before.
This all brings Richardson into view provided nobody trades up first. It’s also why I think moving up isn’t out of the question for Seattle. We started the off-season saying if Schneider finds a quarterback he loves, we should back him to make a move. That should still be the case today even if it means ‘paying the iron price’.
A few quick mentions…
Check out this shorter video I did for the FTN Network discussing the draft and the Seahawks:
If you missed the live-stream earlier check it out here:
The Tony Pauline interview will be live on Monday and on Tuesday I’ll be streaming with Jeff Simmons.
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