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Monday Round-Up: Abraham Lucas, Tariq Woolen & Charles Cross Selected As First Rounders In The Athletic's 2022 Redraft

After a phenomenal draft class helped Seattle to an NFC Wild Card berth, three Seahawks made the first round in the Athletic’s 2022 NFL Redraft.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, April 17— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Three Seahawks Selected In First Round Of The Athletic's 2022 NFL Redraft

The 2023 NFL Draft is just two weeks away, and the Seahawks are looking to take advantage of a big opportunity. With two first round draft picks in their possession, curiosity is high surrounding the direction the team will go. But before we look ahead to this year's draft, The Athletic took a look back at a 2022 draft that went very well for the Seahawks, with Nick Baumgardner reflecting on Seattle’s historic class in The Athletic’s 2022 redraft.

In the aftermath of every NFL draft, each team's selections are measured and critiqued before the rookies even play a down. In a season that saw five rookies earn starting roles, Seattle's 2022 group developed into one of the league’s top-ranking draft classes. In Baumgardner's one-round redraft based on 2022 performance, Seahawks tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas and cornerback Tariq Woolen are all selected in the first round.

9. Seattle Seahawks: Abe Lucas, OT, Washington State

Original pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Well, this is awkward — Cross and Lucas are teammates in Seattle. That happened because the Seahawks grabbed Lucas at No. 72, and that has been a real steal. Wherever you slot him among the 2022 rookie tackles, you have to admit that Lucas massively outperformed his draft slot. The case could be made that Seattle would still take Cross here, as his upside could still be better, but Lucas was the better of the two last season. Either way, it's great news for the Seahawks, who still have both guys in real life.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA

Original pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (to Detroit via trade)

Should Minnesota have traded this pick? Maybe, maybe not. We'll see how the returns pan out over time.

Woolen (No. 153, Seattle) outplayed his draft spot, perhaps more than any player on this list. He should not have fallen to the fifth round. He played at a small school and switched over from receiver midway through his career, so there was a lot to be scared about. But he's also 6-4, 205 and ran a 4.29-second 40 with a 42-inch vert and a broad jump of 10 feet 11 inches. Every Power 5 coach in America whiffed on this guy — and so did every NFL team (at least once or twice) last year.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Original pick: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

Cross isn't tumbling out of the first round entirely, as the former Bulldog was better in protection during the second half of the 2022 season than he was at the start. Cross was among the youngest offensive linemen drafted last year — younger than Ekwonu. Lucas, by contrast, was among the oldest. In a year, maybe we swap which of those two has the edge, but it should be fun for Seattle to watch it play out.

Omitted from the first round redraft but definitely worthy of first-round consideration is running back Kenneth Walker III, who led all rookies with 1,050 yards on the ground and despite not taking over the starting role until Week 6. The Michigan State alum led all rookies in rushing touchdowns (9), tying for No.10 league-wide. Walker III joins Seahawks Legend Curt Warner as the only running backs in franchise history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in year-one.

With 10 picks in this year's draft, Seattle will look to find more talent to build a champion, regardless of round.

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