Round 2, Pick 41
After promoting Clint Hurtt to defensive coordinator, it appears the Seattle Seahawks will be transitioning to a 3-4 defense. This was something Pete Carroll touched upon at the NFL combine. Evidently, given the current depth of their defense, the switch makes sense. That is why I see them selecting Arnold Ebiketie out of Penn State with the 41st overall pick.
Ebiketie has been climbing up draft boards. PFF gave him a 91.7 passing rush grade in his final year at Penn State. He also earned 1st-team All Big Ten honors in 2021. He is known for his explosion at the line of the scrimmage. He can make an impact on day one for this Seattle team as a rotational piece in certain pass rush packages in nickel and dime while also seeing snaps as a rushing linebacker in 3-4 packages. He and Darrell Taylor would both bring good size and speed off the edges.
Round 3, Pick 72
This is one of my duplicates from the last mock draft. I think the Seahawks have a great chance of acquiring Max Mitchell with their third-round selection. Now that Russell Wilson is gone, maybe LT Duane Brown decides to go elsewhere. But, if Seattle is able to pull off this trade for Deshaun Watson, Brown may be convinced to stay as he did protect for Watson in Houston. Regardless, Mitchell is versatile enough to play both tackle positions.
Also, this is a very deep draft class for the offensive line group. I just see them taking Mitchell as he will fit the mold of what Pete Carroll is looking for. Mitchell’s strength is his run blocking. He cuts back well, turns his hips fast to seal off blocks and has good hands. Of what will be available at this particular position group at this time in the draft, I think Mitchell is the best fit for Seattle.