Seahawks: Which positions should they pick in each round of the 2022 NFL draft?

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The Seattle Seahawks currently hold eight picks in the 2022 NFL draft. A couple of them were acquired from the Denver Broncos as part of the blockbuster Russell Wilson trade. If they are going to bounce back from the loss of Wilson, the one thing the organization needs to do most of all is do a better job of maximizing value in the draft. This front office had some all-time great draft classes in 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, since then the results have mostly been disappointing.

One way the Seahawks can add extra value is to trade down for more picks – a strategy general manager John Schneider has employed in the past. Another way to help would be prioritizing the positions that are most-important for the modern game. Unfortunately, this facet of the draft has been an unqualified-failure for Schneider and Pete Carroll. The team has wasted several early-round draft picks on running backs and off-ball linebackers, to say nothing of trading away multiple first-rounders in grotesque mega-deals for tight ends and strong safeties.

This is simply not a good use of draft capital in the modern era of football.

Let’s see if we can map out a better way to use this team’s new-found draft resources. Here are a few ideas for which positions they should target in each round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Round 1 (Pick No. 9): Best Player Available

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Potential BPA picks: Malik Willis (Liberty QB), Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame S), Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon EDGE), Jermaine Johnson II (FSU EDGE), Ikem Ekwonu (NC State OT), Garrett Wilson (Ohio State WR) Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Cincinnati CB), Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU CB)

Round 2: (Pick Nos. 40 and 41): OT and EDGE

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Potential OT picks: Daniel Faalele (Minnesota), Bernhard Raimann (Central Michigan), Tyler Smith (Tulsa), Nick Petit-Frere (Ohio State), Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa)

Potential EDGE picks: Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State), David Ojabo (Michigan), Boye Mafe (Minnesota), Kingsley Enagbare (South Carolina)

Round 3 (Pick No. 72): LB or TE

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Potential LB picks: Troy Andersen (Montana State), Chad Muma (Wyoming), Christian Harris (alabama, Leo Chenal (Wisconsin)

Potential TE picks: Trey McBride (Colorado State), Jeremy Ruckert (Ohio State), Greg Dulcich (UCLA), Jake Ferguson (Wisconsin), Cade Otton (Washington)

Round 4 (Pick No. 109): RB or WR

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Potential RB picks: Dameon Pierce (Florida), Kyren Williams (Notre Dame), Jashaun Corbin (FSU), Tyler Allgeier (BYU)

Potential WR picks: Calvin Austin III (Memphis), Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama), Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky), Justyn Ross (Clemson)

Round 5 (Pick Nos. 152 and 153): OL and DL

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Potential OL picks: Thayer Munford (Ohio State), Cade Mays (Tennessee), Spencer Burford (UTSA), Marquis Hayes (Oklahoma)

Potential DL picks: DeAngelo Malone (Western Kentucky), Matthew Butler (Tennessee), Micheal Clemons (Texas A&M)

Round 7 (Pick No. 230): Best Player Available

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Potential BPA picks: Max Borghi (Washington State RB), Mykael Wright (Oregon DB), Chasen Hines (LSU G), Bo Melton (Rutgers WR), Chase Lucas (Arizona State CB), Ty Chandler (UNC RB), Jaylen Watson (Washington State DB), Sincere McCormick (UTSA RB), Michael Woods II (Oklahoma WR), Romeo Doubs (Nevada WR), Isaiah Pola-Mao (USC S)

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