The Seattle Seahawks' failure to qualify for the 2021-22 NFL Playoffs saw the organization's postseason streak come to an end after three years. It was also Seattle's first sub-.500 showing in a decade. Management will be doing everything they can over the offseason to turn things around.
The 2022 NFL Draft is just under three months away and will give the Seahawks a great opportunity to flesh out their roster. Scouts and management will have a great chance to check out some of the top collegiate prospects at the 2022 Senior Bowl, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Here's a look at three players that Seahawks fans should have their eye on at the 2022 Senior Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft
1. Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
Starting tackles Duane Brown and Brandon Shell are set to become free agents in March. While both could return for the 2022 campaign, the Seahawks should still consider younger options. They don't have their first pick until No. 41, however, Kentucky offensive tackle Darian Kinnard could still be available by then. The 6-foot-5, 345-pound lineman is a two-time All-American and was ProFootballFocus' top-rated run-block tackle last season. Drafting Kinnard would ensure that the Seahawks run game — which ranked ninth-best in 2021 — stays dominant going forward while simultaneously making the team younger.
2. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Unless something changes, Russell Wilson is expected to be Seattle's starting quarterback next season. However, it seems like every year there's talk about him moving on from the Seahawks. Maybe it's time that they start thinking of the future. If that's the case, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is worth keeping an eye on. Many experts had him as the top-rated QB in the draft before his disappointing 2021 collegiate season. Still, the 21-year-old threw for over 10,000 yards and 92 touchdowns in three seasons with the Tar Heels. His performance last season also proved that he can be mobile enough for Seattle's schemes, rushing the ball 183 times for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns.
3. Mario Goodrich, CB, Washington
The Seahawks pass defense left a lot to be desired during the 2021 NFL season, surrendering 265.5 passing yards (No. 31) per game. One of Seattle's top priorities this offseason is improving the secondary and Mario Goodrich would help address that need. The Clemson Tigers cornerback had 42 total tackles last season, breaking up nine passes and tallying a pair of interceptions as well — including one for a touchdown. He's also been praised for his help with Clemson's run game, especially after not having a missed tackle in 2021.
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