At the first press conference after Russell Wilson’s exchange, Pete Carroll spoke at insanity about the “second chance” and the philosophy of the Seattle Seahawks team. Geno Smith was even mentioned as one example second chance player.
As far as we know, Geno could be Seahawks’ new starter, a whopping eight years since his last QB1 position. If that’s the case, it’s for a team that has had a weird fix with one of the worst drafts in recent history.
The 2013 NFL draft was bad, bad, bad. Whichever team leader said it was the worst project of the decade was on the money. Seahawks’ own 2013 class was terrible even by this year’s Draft benchmark. Luke Willson was by far the best choice because he was actually on the team for over a couple of years, which is not the case with many others.
But that hasn’t stopped Seahawks from trying to squeeze anything out of that particular class years later! These are only the two best virtues.
Luke Joeckel – in general classification No. 2
Joeckel, considered one of the best offensive games to come from college, was anything but a Jacksonville Jaguars. He was taken to the left in 2016, in 2017 he signed a ridiculous $ 7 million contract with the Seahawks, and I think you know how the disaster happened. Joeckel never played in the NFL in Seattle after a year.
Dion Jordan – overall No. 3
The star of Oregon’s career in the NFL was violated by injuries, as well as several bans on violating PED policies. He received only three sachets with the Miami Dolphins in 26 games, but did not play at all in 2015 or 2016. Seattle signed the Jordan Agreement in 2017, and in just five games, he received four sachets and made some promises that made him so. high draft selection. Dion remained on board for the second season, but never rose above the rotation or re-signed after 2018.
Ziggy Ansah – in general classification No. 5
Unlike many other players here, Ansah was not a bust in the Detroit Lions. In 2015, he was part of the second team in the All-Pro team, collecting 14.5 bags at the top of his career, and two years before signing with Seahawks, he had 12.5 bags. His 2019 Seahawks were a complete disaster and he is out of the league. I refuse to believe he actually had 2.5 bags because it seems too high.
Barkevious Mingo – Overall No. 6
In addition to his wonderful first name, Mingo was one of the main members of the LSU Defense Forces, which included Tyrann Mathieu, Kevin Minter and Eric Reid. He was one of those great athletes whose potential was an elite pass rusher. Mingo was not a feeder for the elite feeders, and attempts to make him an internal defender did not work well either. One season in Seattle, he reached the pinnacle of his career in repulsion, but otherwise he was hardly remarkable (PFF grade 55) and the Seahawks exchanged him for a Jadeveon Clowney deal with Houston Texans. He is out of the league and although his case was dismissed, that was the reason.
Chance Warmack – No. 10 overall
One of Alabama’s best guards, Warmack did not consistently respond to Tennessee settlements. After playing a reserve in Philadelphia for a few years, Warmack signed with Seahawks in 2020 and never played. He gave up COVID in 2020 and was released in 2021 and will be out of football.
DJ Fluker – in general classification No. 11
Fluker was originally the right offensive team in the San Diego Chargers and was part of the PFWA all-rookie team. He was transferred to the right-wing guard, where he was the founder of Seahawks for two seasons in 2018-2019. He is currently a free agent after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him from the training team in 2021. I thought he was fine, but the PFF disagreed and gave him a score of 56 (69 out of 86 defenders) in 2018 and 60 (50 out of 90) in 2019. guards).
Jamar Taylor – in general classification No. 54
Sadly, I didn’t even remember being elected so high. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and by 2015 he had been put on the bench due to poor play. He traded with Cleveland in 2016 and then with Arizona in 2018. When Justin Coleman left, Seattle famously made a meal from the nest corner position, and Taylor was the starter in 2019. He was extremely terrible and he interrupted for Ugo Amad in the middle of the season. . Taylor spent a year at 49ers, but went to the IR in 2020 and hasn’t played since.
Eddie Lacy – Overall No. 61
I have not included Sheldon Richardson (13th overall), a defensive newcomer to New York Jets of the Year and a choice for the 2014 Pro Bowl, as he was acquired commercially in the year Richardson signed and was in despair. From Seattle after Malik McDowell’s ATV accident. Richardson was not a restoration project or signing a “second chance” like the others. Marquise Goodwin doesn’t count either, as she was in the middle of the 3rd round and I only focused on the top two rounds.
And then we have Geno Smith. He was the 39th player, but only the second defender after EJ Manuel. His tenure at the New York Jets involved a staggering turnover problem and an injury caused by teammate IK Enemkpali, who punched him in the face. Smith lost his job, then there was a rupture of the ACL next season and the rest of the story was reported. Genol didn’t go too bad three times last year, but there is no indication in his game that he will be a long-term solution for the quarterback. Can he be the same as Tarvaris Jackson? I think that is the case, but that is all.
But the main topic of this article is the Seahawks and their endless fascination with such a poor draft class. All the players I’ve listed above, except Ansah, were considered a bust to some degree – yes, Fluker too. And when Ansah signed to Seattle, he had an injury-prone 2018 coming, which was his fast-paced predecessor. Given how her career in Green Bay began, Lacy may not have been a traditional bust, but she was on a recovery project to regain her weight.
Pete Carroll loves individual reclamation projects; Big Mike Williams was the first big in 2010. This season, it went beyond expectations. Their recent recovery efforts – these “low-risk, high-reward” moves – especially for this particular 2013 group, have been more costly than the money spent. Seattle’s 2017 offensive line – Joeckel was a starter but also included Oday Aboushi’s 2013 class – was legendary and played a significant role in the team’s exclusion from the playoffs. Eddie Lacy established himself as one of the worst defenders, and although he had to run behind a poor o-line, both Chris Carson and JD McKissic did much better. In 2019, the Seahawks could not, in principle, operate for anything other than basic protection, and Taylor’s full responsibility for nickel was one of those factors. This same defense failed to create a consistent passing speed – Ansah was supposed to be one of those contributors – and was one of the worst in the league in stopping the race.
Geno is a different story. He has been on the team for three seasons and is said to be the start of Week 1 in Seattle in 2022, when Carroll says they are currently trying to form a championship team. These other players mentioned were, for most of their careers, either rotational players or beginners, or regular playtime. Seattle’s immediate replacement for their biggest all-time quarterback could be a man who won just three of 13 games last season and reached the lowest point in the advanced standings. His main competitor is certainly at least on the chest, but with Drew Lock, the opposite should be the case.
And yet I wouldn’t be surprised if Geno is this man. Maybe he can defy the odds and show a significant improvement over Jets. It would be the holy grail of a career change if Geno could even be the average of the whole season. But we’ve seen this movie with Seahawks before, and especially with this draft class, and I can’t shake off that Seahawks’ recent out-of-season decisions have consistently given this feeling:
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