Analysis: Best/Worst Case Scenarios for the Seahawks 2022 Draft Class

Starting Monday, the Seahawks’ 2022 draft class will get their first taste of real life in the NFL when the team kicks off the final phase of its offseason program with organized team activities.

Unlike the rookie minicamp earlier this month, Seattle’s incoming rookies will now face competition from returning veterans — some more than others. The next few weeks will be critical learning games, making the most of the limited reps on the training ground and adapting to a fast-paced, highly competitive environment.

With their first training camp nearly two months away, what are the best-case scenarios for each of the Seahawks’ nine draft picks entering their rookie season? And what would be the worst case scenario?

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Best case scenario: Unfazed by the move from Division II to NFL competition, Young becomes the latest preseason star to emerge as the Seahawks’ receiver and thanks to some long kicking returns in August, he secures the spot final behind DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Eskridge, and Swain. Although he plays sparingly on offense as a rookie, his height comes in handy in red-zone situations, and he finishes his rookie season with 12 catches for 118 yards and a pair of scores. On special teams, he sees the action as a running back and gunner on punt coverage.

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worst case scenario: Quickly realizing he’s no longer at Lenoir Rhyne, Young struggles to adjust to the competitive level and fails to create separation against NFL cornerbacks, leading to a camp training and a very calm pre-season. Remaining an intriguing development prospect due to his height and athletic gifts, Seattle waives him in hopes of bringing him back to the practice squad.