The Seattle Seahawks will not have long-time starter Russell Wilson on the field in Week 1 this fall for the first time since 2011. The franchise star was traded away as Drew Lock is now expected to take over, but Todd McShay has the Seahawks making yet another change in his first 2023 mock draft.
Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft
McShay projects Seattle to use the No. 9 overall pick on Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke. Head coach Pete Carroll has been adamant that the team believes in Lock's potential. However, the 25-year-old owns an underwhelming completion percentage of 59.3% and a 25:20 touchdown to interception ratio.
Van Dyke took over the starting gig for the Hurricanes a few weeks into the 2021 season and never let it go. The 20-year-old finished the year with 2,931 yards and 25 touchdowns (6 interceptions) across 10 games played. Van Dyke also ranked first in the ACC in passing yards per attempt (9.0).
It's not hard to see why analysts are already praising Van Dyke for his potential at the next level. His frame (6-foot-4, 224 pounds) lines up perfectly for an NFL QB and his ability to stay calm in the pocket is elite. A breakout sophomore season would go a long way in establishing his draft stock.
If Lock can lead the Seahawks to a record above the .500 mark, the team may not even be in position to draft a top QB prospect. On the other hand, Seattle could easily end up with another top-10 pick and a crucial decision to make. That really just depends on how they compete in a tough NFC West.
For now, the Seahawks have odds set at +10000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.