Day one of the 2022 NFL Draft ended with some of the usual surprises in terms of reach, trades, and players that slipped. To the surprise of many, only one quarterback went in the first round, Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh who is now a Steeler. The Seahawks were able to fill a key tackle need by selecting Charles Cross in ninth place overall, although there were still holes to fill on Day 2. Seattle should be able to add several top players because of some of the players. which fell further than expected. Below, we’ll quickly take a look at the top four players who slipped through to the second round of the draft.
Malik Willis – Freedom – QB – 6’1 – 215
Willis falling that far is a pretty big surprise as many pundits thought he could go as high as 8 for the Falcons with his floor being 20 for the Steelers, but he was passed 32 times on Thursday night. Neither team traded in the first to draft him (giving them the fifth-year option), which is rather surprising and can be taken as a message that the league might not be as high on him as many thought. . Regardless, Willis has a skill set that teams should salivate over due to his combination of rare and borderline generational mobility paired with a big arm that can make any throw from anywhere. Anyone can guess how far Willis drops at this point since he got to this point, but if Seattle can have him, it would be a fantastic pick as his advantage is about as high as any draft player of this year.
Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati – QB – 6’3 – 215
Ridder, who is similar to Willis in the sense that many people expected him to go in the first round at some point – whether it was from a team like the Titans or the Buccaneers trying to find their heir apparent to their respective quarterbacks, or a team like the Falcons or Seahawks returning to the former to take him on as replacements for their recently departed franchise stalwarts. Ridder doesn’t share the athletic traits that Willis possesses, nor does he have the home run, upside-down MVP, but he’s an extremely safe player to take on this pick. He’s a player with the leadership and mental intangibles that teams covet from quarterback and despite the lack of a top-ten cap, Ridder in the middle of the second would be a great pick for the Seahawks.
Nakobe Dean – Georgia – ILB – 5’11 – 229
Two months ago, the idea of Dean falling into his twenties in the first round would be relatively shocking. However, here we are with the first round in the books and a top player of Dean’s caliber is still sitting here. He’s the prototypical, athletic linebacker that nearly every team in the league covets. The Seahawks have a Bobby Wagner-sized hole at linebacker and Dean would be a good start to cover that hole. He’s a tackle machine who amassed 72 total tackles during the 2021 college football season and picked up 6 sacks and 2 interceptions along the way. Many people in the league consider him a player similar to former Georgia linebacker and current Chicago Bear, Roquan Smith. The combination of Brooks and Dean for the next ten-plus years would give the Seahawks one of the best linebacking tandems and be a nightmare for game plan opposing offenses.
David Ojabo – Michigan – OLB – 6’5 – 225
If it weren’t for the injury, as previously stated, Ojabo wouldn’t be sitting here. He’s an incredibly raw talent, although he has the ceiling of a player who can claim the Defensive Player of the Year award if he can hit his ceiling. It’s a massive if, especially with him coming off a torn Achilles in March, but it’s the type of home run pick any team should make in the second round. There are a few examples of injured players who fell in the second round and were never able to regain their pre-injury form like Sidney Jones, but there are also players like Jaylon Smith who were able to change the course of the trajectory. of their team.