Seahawks mock draft: 7 rounds, 10 picks
Based on who Seattle is talking to, where prospects will fall in the draft, and Seahawks history, plus updated post-draft depth chart: 4/13/2023
With the 2023 NFL Draft only two weeks away, it’s been a little bit easier with each day to feel confident that we can circle speculation around a few names that make sense for the Seattle Seahawks. Whether that is in the first round, the second round, day three, or with their rare opportunity to select an elite prospect in the top-five.
This is something that Pete Carroll and John Schneider have done 13 times before, so while I wouldn’t call the Seahawks “predictable” by any means, I do think that they have tendencies, preferences, and reputations that should point us in the right direction and towards certain prospects based on their draft history, their current picks between 5 and 237, the names who we already know they’re connected to, the stars at the Senior Bowl, and the knowledge that we’ve gained on players who will fall in various ranges of the draft.
Before the 2022 draft, that inclination to just follow what Seattle needed and what Pete and John tend to do led to me projecting that the team would double-down on offensive tackles with their first four picks, that Charles Cross clearly filled a need, that Ken Walker III or Breece Hall would make sense at the top of round two, that edge rusher almost certainly would be one of their first three picks, and that doubling down on edge and corner felt right, too.
The Seahawks responded by hitting those marks almost exact on the nose.
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I said I probably wouldn’t do more than one mock draft and maybe that’s still true. Perhaps today will be the only one. As we get closer to the draft, I just had to do something to wrap my head around how Seattle could use their 10 picks (we know that the Seahawks will make trades based on their draft history, I didn’t want to complicate today’s mission by doing that though) to not only fill their roster out and consequently, their needs, but also to connect some dots that make rational sense from all the draft information that I’ve gathered in the last few months and to start seeing how one domino effects the next.
So I did run through a full seven-round mock draft, 10 picks, two in the first, two in the second, two in the fifth, one each in the third, fourth, and seventh, and then I updated the Seattle Seahawks depth chart to reflect those picks (which I also justify with where I’m getting that info from and not pulling it out of thin air) and see how good the team looks afterwards.
Spoiler: Looks pretty good! Better on run defense, at least.
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