The Seahawks have been linked throughout the offseason to veteran quarterbacks and top QB prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft. But Seattle did not draft anyone, and to this point it has not traded for the Browns’ Baker Mayfield or the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo.
And with the way coach Pete Carroll is talking, it appears there won’t be any additions to Seattle’s quarterback room the rest of this offseason.
“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all. I don’t see that happening,” Carroll said in a podcast appearance on Seattle radio station KJR. “But we’re certainly going to continue to be open to chances to help our club, and meanwhile we’re just going to be battling and competing our tails off. There’s always possibilities, so we keep open to that.”
Earlier in the interview, Carroll praised Drew Lock, whom the team acquired from the Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade last March. Carroll said Lock is better than any of the quarterbacks who were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“He’d have been the first guy in this draft. I don’t have any hesitation saying that,” Carroll said. “He’s got a strong arm, he can throw the ball a mile down the field. He’s comparing it to [fellow Seattle QB Geno Smith], and Geno Smith has a great arm. He has a world-class arm, and all that. To match up with that, that’s saying a lot.”
Pitt’s Kenny Pickett was the first quarterback taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was selected 20th overall by the Steelers. The second quarterback, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, went in the third round (74th overall) to the Falcons.
Lock was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2019 draft, after Kyler Murray (first overall) to the Cardinals, Daniel Jones (sixth) to the Giants and the late Dwayne Haskins (15th) to Washington. Denver selected Lock in the second round, 42nd overall.
In three seasons with the Broncos, Lock appeared in 24 games — 21 starts — and completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards and 25 touchdowns, with 20 interceptions. He also rushed 72 times for 285 yards and five touchdowns.
The Seahawks have been included in rumors this offseason about trading for or drafting another quarterback. Lock struggled to maintain a starting role in Denver while Smith has started just five games since 2014 (three of the came last year when Wilson was injured). Jacob Eason, the only other quarterback on Seattle’s roster, appeared in one game for the Colts in 2021.
But Seattle has not yet traded for Mayfield or Garoppolo, and it passed on drafting a quarterback. It drafted offensive tackle Charles Cross in the first round, linebacker Boye Mafe and running back Kenneth Walker III in the second, and offensive tackle Abraham Lucas in the third round.
After Pickett and Ridder, Liberty’s Malik Willis was drafted 86th overall — 14 spots after Lucas was selected — by the Titans, and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral was taken eight picks after Willis by the Panthers.