Seahawks get a B+ on 2023 NFL Draft

Looking at every Seahawks pick and seeing how it affects the team going into the near future,



Seahawks 2023 NFL Draft. The Seahawks focused on filling needs and defense.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

The NFL Draft came to a close Saturday. The Seattle Seahawks were one of the top teams to come out of the draft, they came out as a top-10 draft class.

In the first round, they drafted Devon Witherspoon fifth overall and Jaxon Smith-Njigba at 20. 

Devon Witherspoon was the top-rated cornerback prospect on many draft boards. The Seahawks do not have the chance to draft top 10, much less top five, very often. The last time they picked in the top five was in 2009 when they selected Aaron Curry at four. 

Witherspoon is very talented and could potentially be a lockdown corner, if he is able to do so Seattle’s secondary will be elite. With Tariq Woolen playing at the level he has been playing at, Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams at safety new signee Julian Love playing nickel mixed with Coby Bryant in dime it could be scary hours throwing to that defense. 

Witherspoon is also known for being extremely physical, which is an attribute that John Schneider and Pete Carroll look for. He may have not been the pick that was expected, but he was a solid pick here by the Hawks. 

The Seahawks stole Jaxon Smith-Njigba at pick No. 20. The consensus No. 1 receiver in this draft, he has shown his great talent at Ohio State with C.J. Stroud. He set the school’s record for most receptions in one game with 15 and most yards in a single season with 1,606.

The Seahawks needed another top-tier receiver to fill that third spot. With him playing in the slot, Geno Smith will have tons of options when surveying the field. 

Smith-Njigba should have Seahawks fans doing backflips. It is an excellent pick, especially at 20. The Seahawks’ offense will be chock-full of weapons. 

They then picked Derick Hall, an edge rusher from Auburn with the 37th overall pick in the second round. He was one of the most productive pass-rushers in the SEC with 19.5 sacks over his four years. He is 6 feet 3 inches and 254 pounds. He should be a solid rotational pass rusher. 

With the 52 overall pick, in the second round, the Seahawks selected Zach Charbonnet. The UCLA running back was dominant during his run with the Bruins. He rushed for 2,496 yards and 27 TDs. He is a true powerhouse workhorse kind of back. 

The redundancy of this pick is a bit spooky as they already have a back similar to Charbonnet with Kenneth Walker III. But overall, if they find a good rotation with these two the offense could ascend to another level. 

In round four, they picked LSU guard Anthony Bradford at 108 overall and defensive lineman from Mississippi State Cameron Young at 123 overall.

These are decent picks. Bradford was inconsistent during his term at LSU and he is a huge guard that will fill a much-needed role by the Seahawks and will be good in run-blocking. However, he will need to improve in pass blocking to be a good full-time starter. 

Young will come in and play nose tackle, Pete Carroll said. He is someone that will clog the middle of the line. He has a very strong base and occupies gaps, but will need to be quicker to develop well at the highest level. Overall, a need filled with a player that will be alright in the spot. 

In the fifth round, they chose two players as well: Mike Morris, an edge rusher from Michigan at 151 overall and another player from Michigan, center Olusegun Oluwatimi at 154 overall. 

Morris is a huge edge rusher at 6 feet 6 inches and 292 pounds. He will step into a role similar to former Seahawk Michael Bennett, where he is very versatile and you can put him anywhere on the D-Line still to get production. He had some of the highest productions in the Big Ten and can be an excellent late-round steal by Seattle. 

Oluwatimi anchored a very good Michigan offensive line. He was an absolute stud winning the Rimington Award, which is awarded to the best center in college football. He can be a day-one starter in a position of need by Seattle. I fully expect him to be a great starter at center. 

At 198 overall in the sixth round, Seattle chose New Mexico safety Jerrick Reed II. He is known for his athleticism and his ability to find the ball. He will fill in for special teams and will probably become one of the most important special teamers in Seattle.

Finally, in the seventh round at 237 overall, the Seahawks selected Kenny McIntosh, a running back from Georgia. He is actually the brother of former Coug running back Deon McIntosh. McIntosh sort of fell in the draft and just ended up in the seventh round. He had 779 yards rushing with 10 rushing touchdowns and 42 catches for 506 yards and two receiving touchdowns. 

With Travis Homer leaving Seattle, he will fill a need for a receiving back and can pass protect very well. That’s where he fits in in Seattle. He will be a solid three that can be important in pass-pro. 

Seattle filled a lot of needs in this draft, having an excellent first round and later filling some other positions of need in the late rounds. Overall I would rate this draft as a solid B+. Obviously, you need years to develop draft picks, and we will find out if it was a good draft in a couple of years, but looking at it right now it looks very solid.