The Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams that many draft analysts thought would be taking a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some believed they would even use the No. 9 overall pick that they received from the Denver Broncos as part of the Russell Wilson trade on a new franchise quarterback but that wasn’t the case.
In fact, the Seahawks didn’t select a quarterback at any point in the draft. Even with the top signal-callers making huge slides down the draft board, as Kenny Pickett, who was selected No. 20 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the only quarterback selected before the third round in the 2022 NFL Draft, Seattle didn’t make a move.
With the ninth overall pick, the Seahawks bolstered their offensive line, selecting Mississippi State offensive tackle, Charles Cross. In the second round, they landed Minnesota EDGE rusher Boye Mafe and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III.
In the third round, with all of the quarterbacks other than Pickett still available, Seattle still passed. Instead, they selected Washington State offensive tackle, Abraham Lucas.
That likely cements the fact that the Seahawks are prepared to go into the season with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback and Geno Smith backing him up. The organization is high on Lock, but it would be a bit of a surprise to see him just handed the starting job without needing to compete for it after how he performed in three seasons with the Broncos.
If the Seahawks want to bring in another veteran that has performed at a higher level, they could make a call to the Cleveland Browns and inquire about Baker Mayfield. Mayfield remains on their roster despite making a trade request weeks ago and the team no longer needs him.
Teams around the NFL know that the Browns will eventually have to move on from Mayfield. There is no reason to keep around a player with a nearly $19 million cap hit that isn’t in your plans to play.
With that in mind, the Seahawks could offer the Browns a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and see if they bite. That is solid draft capital, especially for a player that will no longer be with the team one way or another. Getting Day 2 draft capital should be considered a win for the Browns as they couldn’t have handled the situation with Mayfield any worse than they did.