Seahawks Projected to Land Heisman-Winning Quarterback

Getty Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

The Seattle Seahawks have been linked to quarterbacks in trade rumors all offseason, but with training camp just two weeks away, it appears unlikely that general manager John Schneider will make a move for another QB before Week 1.

That doesn’t mean that the Seahawks front office isn’t looking at quarterbacks, however. In fact, the Seahawks college scouting department is likely doing as much homework as possible on quarterbacks likely to declare for the 2023 draft.

Luke Easterling of USA Today’s DraftWire dropped his never-too-early 2023 mock draft on July 6, projecting the Seahawks to have the third overall pick. Though that would mean a terrible 2022 season, it would also mean the team could have the opportunity to draft reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young of Alabama.

“The Seahawks don’t have a starting-caliber quarterback on their roster after trading away Russell Wilson, and finding one will be their top priority next offseason,” Easterling wrote. “Young might be undersized, but he’s still got all the mental and physical traits to be a franchise passer.”


Bryce Young Could Be the No. 1 Pick in 2023

Heading into the 2022 college football season, Young has a real shot at being the first overall pick in the 2023 draft.

He has been highly touted for years, enrolling at the University of Alabama as a five-star recruit after being the Class of 2020’s top-ranked player in California. He received offers from top schools such as USC, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma but was lured to Tuscaloosa by Nick Saban.

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As a freshman, Young was the backup to Mac Jones as the Crimson Tide rolled to another national title. After a season as a backup, Young got to take over as the starter last season, dominating the competition with 4,872 passing yards, 47 passing touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

Young was showered with awards in his first season as the starter, winning the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award. He was also the first quarterback in school history to win the Heisman Trophy, a huge accomplishment for the young QB.

Although Alabama fell just short of another national championship, Young’s future is incredibly bright. Despite his smaller frame — 6 feet and 194 pounds — Young has tremendous arm talent, consistent throwing mechanics and the mental processing to scan the field and find the open man. As long as he can continue to develop in 2022, Young will be one of the favorites to be the first player taken in the 2023 draft.


Latest Seahawks QB Trade Rumors

Young would be a massive upgrade at the quarterback position for the Seahawks, but a lot would need to happen for Seattle to land a top-tier QB prospect. There’s also the possibility that the Seahawks make a trade for a long-term starter before the start of this season.

With Baker Mayfield traded to the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks trade rumors have now shifted toward San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Seahawks are currently the top projected landing spot for Garoppolo, but a trade might not be the most realistic scenario for him to land in Seattle.

At the moment, Garoppolo is set to count for nearly $27 million against the cap, but the 49ers would lose only $1.4 million in dead cap space if they released the 30-year-old quarterback. It’s unlikely that the 49ers end up cutting ties with Jimmy G without making a trade, but if that scenario happens, the Seahawks would give him an opportunity to still be a starting QB in the NFL.

There aren’t many other quarterbacks on the trade market, even if some Washington-based Seahawks fans would like to see Gardner Minshew return to the state. If a trade isn’t made, then Seattle is likely to roll with Geno Smith and Drew Lock for the entirety of the 2022 season, with the possibility of drafting a top QB prospect in 2023.

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Dan Vincent
Dan Vincent
1 month ago

Bryce:

If you see this, know that Seattle would love you and treat you with respect. Pete Carroll would be an AWESOME first professional Head Coach. A few years with him and the team (before Pete retires) would do wonders for your career.
We’ve already started the rebuild and are patiently waiting on you! Maybe two or three Super Bowl appearances before 2030 and your first post rookie contract (extension)…which may be in the ballpark of 55-65 million a season. 2029 being your sixth season.
If I had to guess (assuming at least one Super Bowl) a four year deal worth 240 million (60 million a season) and 200 million guaranteed. The contract would be up in 2033 and you could become a free agent for your first time. You would be 32 years old and the world would be your oyster!
With love and respect and hope in abundance to you and your family;
Dan D’Onofrio and the Seahawks :) :) :)

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