Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, April 26 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN Analyst Mina Kimes Breaks Down The Upcoming Draft With Bob Condotta Of The Seattle Times
ESPN NFL Analyst Mina Kimes is respected for her in-depth knowledge of the game, but in her downtime, Kimes chimes in on her favorite team since childhood - the Seahawks. Ahead of tomorrow's 2023 NFL Draft, Kimes spoke with Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times to predict what Seattle will do with their 10 picks, including two first-round selections.
John Schneider has joined Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton all offseason on Seattle Sports 710AM—and there's one more episode coming Thursday—but Seattle's GM hasn't given away any secrets, so there's still uncertainty amongst national and local media about the team's direction. With Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll making it clear that the team was exploring all options with their first-round selections, Kimes gave her best-guess to what Seattle will do with the No.5 pick.
"The dream I think for Seattle would be that Will Anderson is there at 5," said Kimes. "That would be my preference but of course it's predicated on a lot of things breaking Seattle's way in terms of more than two quarterbacks going before pick 5, but the Texans and Cardinals either trading out of that position or choosing either Tyree Wilson or Jalen Carter. After that, you're looking at either Richardson, Carter or Anthony Richardson, and that's where things get pretty interesting for Seattle."
Despite bringing back quarterbacks Geno Smith and Drew Lock, Schneider and Carroll have explored all options for their man of the future under center. Kimes has a theory on which of the prospects Seattle may have an eye on.
"Boy it's tricky because it never even occurred to me until this week that C.J. Stroud might even be an option," said Kimes. "So, you know, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about Anthony Richardson. And I actually think it's a really tough call between, you know, the player and Stroud who's so accurate and polished and I think is pretty NFL ready versus a player with Anthony Richardson who has an incredibly high ceiling because of what he flashed at Florida in terms of his pocket presence and ability to evade sacks and make plays. I think part of me would want Richardson because it aligns well with Seattle's timeline. The fact that they have a quarterback this year in Geno Smith, who I think is a very good starter, and because his ceiling is probably higher, but that in itself would be a pretty significant risk because C.J. Stroud's floor is so much higher."
Kimes chimed in with some possible options at the No.20 pick, including some wideouts that can help Seahawks stars DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
"Yeah, the correct answer, knowing the Seahawks and their proclivities, is they're probably going to trade down from their pick at No. 20," Kimes said. "ESPN Analytics put out a draft day predictor. (The tool says Seattle is likely to take): Calijah Kancey, Zay Flowers, Myles Murphy, Jordan Adison, Dalton Kincaid, Deonte Banks, Darnell Wright, Quentin Johnston. All of those would be awesome for Seattle, I think.
"The Seahawks have been looking for a third wide receiver and I think there's a bunch of guys in this class. I mean Jaxon Smith-Njigba would be the dream but it doesn't seem likely he'll be there at 20. I would not mind at all if they took like Jordan Addison there. But I can also make the case for taking Kancey or Murphy just to take another shot at the defensive line because you know that is such an issue with this team."
There's only one day left of head-scratching anticipation surrounding Seattle's next crop of talent.
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