Why did the Seahawks choose to attack in the 2022 NFL Draft?

The countdown to the 2022 NFL Draft is approaching single-digit days, and fans across the NFL are working frantically on young talent and potential to win their favorite team. For some teams, fans are looking for tape and draft profiles, looking for the missing player to push the team up, and for other teams picking the best player to help rebuild.

As for the Seattle Seahawks, one can only guess how the team will fare when it enters its first draft in the post-Russell Wilson era. The quarterbacks are in dire need following the nine-time Pro Bowl Scoop Wilson traded to former division rival Denver Broncos. However, as Shane Waltron continues to follow offense offense, the restructuring of the list continues as Vic Fangio changes defensively to follow the style.

So, since the heart of Free Agency is already in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on what the Seahawks can do with the draft after April. The starting point, as always, is not only to focus on the levels of need of the hawks, but also to begin with an analysis of the current list relevant to past lists. So, without wasting any time, here is a breakdown of the list by level, for the team that is currently structured and when the training camp starts each season from 2012 onwards. This schedule is because there should only be 80 people on the league list for each of those seasons, while the list of 90 from the lockout-shortened 2011 training camp has also been dropped.

Current Seahawks list compared to past training camp lists

Position 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 4/17/2022 Average The difference
Position 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 4/17/2022 Average The difference
QB 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3.33 -0.33
R.P. 5 4 5 5 8 8 5 6 7 6 5.89 0.11
FB 1 2 2 3 2 2 3 1 1 0 1.89 -1.89
TE 5 6 6 5 6 6 7 6 6 4 5.89 -1.89
WR 12 13 12 12 13 12 14 13 13 9 12.67 -3.67
C / G 8 9 9 10 8 9 9 10 9 6 9.00 -3.00
D. 7 6 6 5 6 4 6 5 8 3 5.89 -2.89
From 7 7 7 9 7 7 5 6 7 6 6.89 -0.89
DT 8 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 8 3 8.11 -5.11
L.P. 12 12 11 10 10 10 10 11 8 13 10.44 2.56
CB 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 9 9.67 -0.67
S. 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 7 4 6.56 -2.56
B 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1.11 -0.11
K 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1.33 -0.33
LS 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1.44 -0.44
Total 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 91 69 N / A N / A

With this data in hand, you can begin to look at what level the Seahawks might be included in in the months leading up to the opening of the training camp, thus improving parts of the list they may have. Let’s focus on the upcoming draft.

The biggest caveat when comparing the current breakdown of the current list compared to last year’s list is the shift from 4-3 base to 3-4 base and the required shift from defensive line to linebacking corps. The team may need half as many defensive battles as compared to previous seasons, but more linebackers need to look more closely at the average of the total defensive combinations, defensive nets and linebackers combined in the seasons from 2012 to 2021. Below.

The list of seven employees of the Defensive Front since 2012 breaks down

Position 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 4/17/2022 Average from 2012 to 2021 The difference
Position 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 4/17/2022 Average from 2012 to 2021 The difference
From 7 7 7 9 7 7 5 6 7 6 6.89 -0.89
DT 8 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 8 3 8.11 -5.11
L.P. 12 12 11 10 10 10 10 11 8 13 10.44 2.56
Total 27 26 27 27 25 26 22 26 23 22 25.44 -3.44

To the amazement of readers how the 2022 level breaks of the defensive line were determined, the players, previously classified as defensive defenses or defensive nets for Seattle, were reclassified for the purposes of this analysis based on their physical characteristics. Bulgarians like Al Woods and Brian Mon, who have a 3-4 chance of overcoming a nosebleed, have been included as defensive players in this break. In the past hawks were classified as defensive noses who were small defensive weights weighing 280 to 300 lbs. Finally, defensive nets like Alton Robinson, who weighs less than 280, are included in the linebacker in this break. (Editor’s note: To everyone’s surprise, Carlos Dunlap did not count on this break, as he is still officially listed on Seattle in early June.

As noted in the table, the team averages 25 to 26 players during training camp between the defensive line and linebackers when moving to assess the actual breakdown of seven players before the defense, and that does not seem to be the case. Why not use this number to make predictions for the 2022 Seahawks list.

However, although the top of the in-depth chart is certainly well defined in many level groups including wide receiver, tight end and safety, there is still a need for in-depth during training camp. It seems logical that these levels would be filled to the same extent as the lower number of players who have been in that position over the years. Meanwhile, the Seahawks tend to come to a tough camp in significant turnover levels such as quarterback in 2012, broad receiver in 2018 and offensive and defensive in 2019. With this in mind, it appears that the Hawks may enter training camp with a higher than average number of players in the quarterback and tackle. Linebacker will obviously see an increase in numbers as well, but this is related to the increased demand for numbers in stages rather than being due to annual turnover.

With that in mind, here’s an estimate of how many players the Seahawks can list at each level from the start of training camp:

Quarterly: 1
Back Run: 2
Tight end: 1
Wide receiver: 3
Internal Assault Line (Center / Guard): 2
Attack prevention: 4
Defensive results (3-4 defensive tackles): 1
Defensive Tackle (3-4 Nose Tackle): 2
Linebacker: 1
Cornerback: 2
Security: 2
Fullback / Punter / Kicker / Long Snapper: 0
Total: 21

These additions will obviously not only come by draft, as they will also come in the coming weeks as undelivered free agent signatures, free agency and discount wires. However, no matter how these combinations are made on the list, the transfer of attack coach from Mike Solari to Andy Dickerson is a sure sign that the attack coach has significant input on the players on that list. However, with a significant shortage of attack linemen on the list compared to the past interval, the change of offensive line personnel most suited to Shane Waltron offense appears to be the biggest target for Seattle in the next three months.

In short, it may be prudent to prepare for a draft with a significant number of additions in the trenches, rather than targeting playmakers at the Seahawks receiver or cornerback.

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