Why Seahawks fans should be excited about Kenneth Walker III

Breaking down what Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III brings to the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks used their first two picks in the 2022 NFL draft to fill their biggest needs on both sides of the ball (outside of quarterback), but they threw their customary curveball with the second of their back-to-back picks in the early second round.

At No. 40 overall, the Seahawks selected Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III, adding yet another dynamic runner to their offensive backfield.

While the Seahawks certainly had more pressing needs elsewhere, it’s easy to see why Walker was high on their draft board. One of the top running back prospects in this year’s class, Walker has all the traits to be a Pro Bowler at the next level.

Walker is coming off a dominant 2021 season for the Spartans, during which he racked up 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. It was Walker’s first year as a full-time starter and featured back, following two seasons as a rotational runner at Wake Forest.

A well-built runner who excels between the tackles, Walker has a stellar combination of vision, patience and instincts, to go along with ideal physicality, pad level and awareness. He’s explosive enough to break off big runs, giving the Seahawks a potential home-run threat in the backfield.

With Chris Carson’s status still unclear, and Rashaad Penny only back on a one-year deal, Walker could quickly establish himself as Seattle’s featured back of the future.

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Why Seahawks fans should be excited about Boye Mafe

Breaking down what Minnesota edge defender Boye Mafe brings to the Seattle Seahawks

It’s been too long since the Seattle Seahawks had a consistent, dominant pass rusher off the edge, and that’s what they’re hoping they landed with second-round pick Boye Mafe.

The No. 40 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, Mafe heads to Seattle after backing up his impressive film at Minnesota with a stellar performance at this year’s Senior Bowl. Even among some of the top prospects in the class, Mafe stood out in practice all week while in Mobile, and punctuated it by being one of the best players on the field during the all-star game itself.

In 2021, Mafe’s first year as a full-time starter for the Golden Gophers, he tallied 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 12 games. He finished his four-year career at Minnesota with 19.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.

Mafe is a stout, well-built defender who can set the edge against the run, but excels when it comes to getting after the quarterback, thanks to his ideal combination of athleticism, explosiveness, and pass-rushing technique.

On a defense desperate for an impact player at such a premium position, Mafe should quickly earn a full-time starting job as a rookie, and could finally give the Seahawks an edge rusher who will strike fear into the hearts of opposing offenses.

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2022 NFL Schedules: All 32 Teams

2022 NFL Schedules By Teams. The schedules for all 32 franchises

Every team’s 2022 NFL schedule. The team-by-team schedules for all 32 franchises.

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2022 NFL Schedules By Teams

AFC East

Buffalo | Draft Analysis
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New York Jets | Draft Analysis  

AFC North

Baltimore | Draft Analysis
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Pittsburgh | Draft Analysis

AFC South

Houston | Draft Analysis
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AFC West

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NFC East

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NFC North

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NFC South

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NFC West

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

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2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Needs, Picks For Each Team, Mock Draft Prospects

2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 needs for each team with mock draft possibilities

2022 NFL Draft: Team by team look at the possibilities for each remaining Day 3 pick for rounds 4, 5, 6, 7

2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Needs For Each Team

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Traditionally and statistically, Day 3 of the NFL Draft is a total wasteland. You’re far, far better packaging your picks to move up into the top three rounds of a future draft – the odds of getting a consistently decent starter are shockingly small.

But every team thinks it can make magic out of the Day 3 mess of prospects, and it’s worth a shot to dumb-luck into a possible mainstay. What are the remaining needs that need to be filled for each team? Here are every team’s picks so far with the possibilities of who they could get.

Of course this all blows up once the trades start flying, but the idea is to give a rough snapshot of what each team might be able to do.

NFL Draft 2022: Seattle Seahawks Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft 2022 needs, analysis, picks, and biggest reaches and values – from the college perspective

2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Seattle Seahawks draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach

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NFL Draft 2022: Seattle Seahawks Draft Analysis

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Why Seahawks fans should be excited about Jordyn Brooks

The Seattle Seahawks got a fast, physical defender in Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks

The Seattle Seahawks were responsible for one of the more surprising picks of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Shockwaves were sent through the nation when they announced the selection of Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks with the 27th pick.

The selection was met with mostly negative reviews, but we’re here to tell you why the Seahawks should be excited about Brooks.

Brooks was the heart and soul of the Red Raiders defense throughout his time in Scarlet and Black. He leaves Texas Tech for the pros after posting a ridiculous 360 tackles in four seasons, including 32 tackles for a loss. It’s tough to find that sort of production.

What allowed Brooks to make so many plays for Texas Tech? Turn the tape on and it’s easy to see why he was so productive. Brooks is a super active linebacker that reads the game at an incredibly high level. He’s extremely physical, and his wrap-up tackling ability is uncanny for a collegiate prospect. He understands how to read his keys, showing the patience and instincts necessary to fire downhill towards his target at the opportune moment.

While Brooks was a solid player all throughout his college career, he really took a big step forward in 2019, showing the kind of maturity you hope to see out of a prospect in his senior season. The Seahawks are banking on him to continue his upward projection at the next level.

The Seahawks defense isn’t currently as feared as it once was, and they’re hoping that the selection of Brooks will help get them back on track.

Read our exclusive interview with Brooks here.

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2020 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks team preview

Draft Wire’s Gavino Borquez delivers everything Seattle Seahawks fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

Everything Seattle Seahawks fans need to know heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.


Head Coach: Pete Carroll

General Manager: John Schneider

2019 record: 11-5


1 (27)

2 (59)

2 (64)

3 (101)

4 (133)

4 (144)

6 (214)


Defensive Line

It’s easy to point the Seahawks needing just an edge rusher with Jadeveon Clowney’s decision still looming, but they need defensive tackle help, too. Seattle finished 29th in sacks, 29th in quarterback hits and 26th in pressures last season.

Wide Receiver

The Seahawks hit a home run with D.K. Metcalf in last year’s draft, and while they have him along with Tyler Lockett, Seattle could afford to add a game-changing receiver to compliment them.

Offensive Tackle

With the losses of Germain Ifedi and George Fant, there is a gaping hole at right tackle. The Seahawks acquired Brandon Shell, but he only offers low-end starting value. Seattle could afford to find the successor to Duane Brown, as well.


Marlon Davidson | DL | Auburn

Neville Gallimore | DT | Oklahoma

Brandon Aiyuk | WR | Arizona State

John Hightower | WR | Boise State

Isaiah Wilson | OT | Georgia

Lucas Niang | OT | TCU

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