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Tuesday Round-Up: Media Reactions To Seahawks' 2022 Draft Class

See how national media members graded the Seahawks' 2022 Draft selections.


Good evening, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, May 3 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Grading The Seahawks 2022 Draft Class

The picks are in and now it's time to see how the media has rated the Seahawks 2022 Draft Class. As head coach Pete Carroll recapped in his post Draft press conference, the Seahawks were able to balance taking highly-rated players on their board while addressing several areas of need, particularly at tackle in a deep offensive line class.

"I think we balanced it out, and we attacked some needs," Carroll said. "The tackle spot, that was a big deal, and were really fortunate that that worked out like that. Really fortunate. We had two really good guys to go for and upgrade the challenge and competition at those spots."

Media grades for the Seahawks Draft selections ranged, but when it came to taking OT Charles Cross at No. 9 overall and adding pillars to the offensive line, many praised the Seahawks approach.

Pro Football Focus: A- on the selection of Charles Cross: "Seattle snags PFF's OT1 and the last of the top tier of offensive tackles available without trading up. Charles Cross has been billed as the top pass-protector in the class, and his 84.7 PFF pass-blocking grade in a pass-happy Mississippi State offense last year backs that up."

PFF also shared high marks for OT Abraham Lucas selected at No. 72 overall as another pick with loads of potential. "There is still some work to do with Abraham Lucas, given the offense he played in at Washington State, but he is one of the most athletic tackles in the draft and has some real pass-blocking traits to fall in love with. He posted a 91.0 PFF pass-blocking grade in 2021, and even after adjusting for true pass sets, it falls only to 86.0. This is a classic pick with upside."

Mel Kiper - ESPN: B+

Kiper agreed Charles Cross will be a great fit in Seattle while adding the following on the Seahawks Draft Day 2 selections: "I like the players, even if it's not what I would do. Kenneth Walker III (41) is a bowling ball of a running back, and he is going to play in an offense that values those kinds of players. Boye Mafe (40) has some raw pass-rush traits off the edge. Abraham Lucas (72) might be a rookie starter at right tackle, which is rare for a third-round pick."

"On Day 3, the Seahawks doubled up with cornerbacks Coby Bryant (109) and Tariq Woolen (153), who in particular fits what Carroll likes in his defensive backs. Woolen is 6-foot-4 with a huge wingspan, and he ran a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The former college receiver is just very raw. Wide receiver Bo Melton (229) has some speed that makes him a potential seventh-round find."

Sheil Kapadia - The Athletic: B+

"Premium positions! The Seahawks! That's a great start. Two offensive tackles and an edge rusher in the first three rounds. They're probably not all going to hit, but those are worthy swings to take."

When it came to the Draft as a whole and the selection of Kenneth Walker III in the 2nd Round, Kapadia added: "Seattle's picks aligned well with Hasan’s consensus draft board. I personally would not have spent the No. 41 selection on a running back, but hey, Walker is a fun prospect, and it was one pick. I'm feeling generous here."

Chad Reuter - C+

"The effects of the Russell Wilson trade will determine the direction of this franchise. Cross and Lucas should be a solid set of bookend tackles, in which the team was in dire need. A pass rusher like Mafe was definitely in play in the second round. Walker's talent was obvious this year, but his selection was a bit perplexing because of the backs already on the roster."

Reuter also shared the value behind the Seahawks moves on Day 3 while also drawing an exciting comparison for the Seahawks 7th round pick, WR Bo Melton: "(Coby) Bryant's competitiveness will be appreciated by Seattle whether he plays inside or outside, and Woolen's size and athleticism also improves the secondary depth. Adding another edge in Smith on Day 2 was smart. Melton is a Day 3 version of Tyler Lockett, and Young is an intriguing outside receiver."

Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports: 4th Ranked Class

Taking into account where each draft pick was graded with where they were actually selected, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports ranked the Seahawks at No. 4 in his 2022 Draft Class rankings.

"Favorite pick: Boye Mafe will turn 24 years old during the season, but he's still pretty raw. The traits are all there, and for someone who played primarily in a two-point stance at Minnesota, once he gets the nuances of the position he can be a game wrecker off the edge."

"Best value: Like Mafe, what Tariq Woolen lacks in experience he makes up for with athleticism. He's long (even by Seahawks standards for CBs), fluid and fast. He's also a converted wide receiver still learning the position."

Community Hero Receives Toyota Fan Deck Tundra

The Toyota Tundra you may have spotted at Lumen Field's Toyota Fan Deck on gameday has a new home with this season's community hero, Alajawan's Hands. In partnership with Toyota, we handed over the Tundra along with a $10,000 donation to Alajawan's Hands, a non-profit focused on providing resources like meals and school supplies to the local community. Thank you to Toyota, and an even bigger thank you to Alajawan's Hands for all your amazing work in the community!

For more information on the partnership and Alajawan's Hands' plans to utilize the Tundra, please click here.

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A legacy lives on. We made sure to save a seat in our Draft Room for the late great John Clayton who spent many years covering the Seahawks for ESPN and Seattle Sports.

Without further ado, your 2022 Seahawks Draft class: OT Charles Cross, LB Boye Mafe, RB Kenneth Walker III, OT Abraham Lucas, CB Coby Bryant, CB Tariq Woolen, LB Tyreke Smith, WR Bo Melton, and WR Dareke Young.

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