The 2022-2023 season for the Seattle Seahawks has officially come to an end. After a playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, they’re now turning their heads toward next season. Although they did not achieve their ultimate goal, they beat many expectations from around the league. They finished the season with a winning record, all the while gaining valuable playoff experience for many rookies that were in starting roles this season.
One of the main reasons for the success of the Seahawks this year was the great quarterback play by Geno Smith. Although Smith made some common mistakes, he stepped into a role and did exactly what was needed of him. He led the entire league in completion percentage for quarterbacks and broke the franchise record for passing yards in a season. After being a backup quarterback for a long time behind Russell Wilson, he showed the world that he is a quality starting quarterback in this league and can win football games. A lot of credit goes to him for how well the Seahawks played this year.
Rookies also were a big impact on this team. Although Tariq Woolen had a tough game against the Niners, he led the league in interceptions and earned Pro Bowl honors. Kenneth Walker III sprung onto the scene and rushed for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. With an early injury to Rashad Penny during the season, Walker III took the starting running back role and never looked back. Right tackle Charles Cross, as well as left tackle Abraham Lucas both had nice rookie seasons as well, solidifying themselves as anchors on the offensive line.
Equipped with the fifth pick in the draft, as well as lots of cap space to work with, expect the Seahawks to reload. They also have key players that will return from injury, including Jordyn Brooks and All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. Seattle should invest heavily on the defensive side of the ball, specifically on the defensive line. Defensive players like Will Anderson and Jalen Carter are two intriguing draft prospects that the Seahawks could have their eyes on, however, they could take a leap and potentially draft a quarterback to develop behind Geno Smith.