Will Seahawks be able to draft Arch Manning?

Arch Manning. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Arch Manning. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Since the Seattle Seahawks lost out on Russell Wilson in a trade to the Denver Broncos, there’s the question of whether or not they can land Arch Manning.

Right now, it’s the top collegiate football programs in the nation that are fighting over third-generation quarterback Arch Manning. Manning has been spotted on college visits to Clemson, Georgia and others, but even though Manning is only 18 years old, his NFL future is already being imagined.

With Russell Wilson being traded in a landmark trade to the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks are without a Hall of Fame signal-caller for the first time in a decade. Seattle now has significant cap space and draft picks with which to rebuild, but it remains to be seen whether or not they could make a play for a Manning.

In order for them to be in contention for Manning, the Seahawks would have to be terrible for at least the next three years to have a chance at landing Arch in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Seattle Seahawks likely won’t land Arch Manning in expected 2025 NFL Draft class

If Manning declared for the draft next season, it’s possible that the Seahawks might be able to land him. Even the Seattle Seahawks are distraught over losing Wilson, but the team was deadlocked with Wilson’s contract, re-signing Bobby Wagner, and limited draft capital due to the costly Jamal Adams trade.

Something had to be done, and although Wilson’s talent merits high compensation, his massive contract was never exactly team-friendly. And with the Adams trade failing to pan out, facing severe deficits on defense, and not enough money to sign free agents, the Seahawks had to move on from Wilson the way that Tom Hanks tried to do in “Castaway.”

However, with the way Carroll and Schneider pulled things together back in 2012, the Seahawks could turn things around in the upcoming draft. They now have Drew Lock to hold them over until they find a quarterback replacement, Sean Desai and Clint Hurtt building up the defense coaching-wise, and they acquired tight end Noah Fant in the Wilson trade. That, alongside two first-round picks, means that the Seahawks are unlikely to become one of the worst teams in the NFL.

If this were the Jacksonville Jaguars, perhaps it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that the Seahawks would land the No. 1 overall pick in 2025 and select Arch Manning. As painful as it is, the Wilson trade just might work out for both sides in the years to come, and the Seahawks won’t need Manning to save them from the bottom of their conference.

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