Seahawks 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: No QB until 2nd round

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Anthony Richardson. 2. player. 840. . Quarterback. Gators

Seahawks choose their quarterback of the future in the second round

I have to admit that at this point, I am not completely blown away by Richardson. But hey, who the heck am I? Just some shlub typing away at my keyboard currently. My issue with Richardson isn’t his raw athletic ability but his lack of being able to truly be consistent when throwing the ball. Maybe some of this is coaching as he clearly should get better coaching in the NFL.

But Richardson does have elite size and a cannon for an arm. He can also pick up yards – lots of them – with his legs. He probably needs at least a year of seasoning before even being thought of as an NFL starter but this is why this pick makes sense for the Seahawks. Geno Smith could start at least another year and Richardson could learn from him.

852. . Center. Golden Gophers . John Michael Schmitz. 2. player

Seahawks choose their center of the future in the second round

Austin Blythe is a perfect center for the 2022 Seahawks. He knows the blocking scheme for Shane Waldron extremely well after having played with the same kind of scheme with the Rams too. But Blythe probably isn’t a long-term answer for Seattle at center simply because Blythe will be 31 years old at the beginning of the 2023 season. Not old at all for a human but getting long in the tooth for an interior NFL lineman.

That said, Schmitz is a fantastic prospect who would be a great fit in the Seahawks’ scheme as Schmitz’ best fit would be with a zone-blocking team. He is massive for a center at 6’4″ and 320 pounds and has exceptional upper body strength. He’s the kind of guy you want battling the likes of Aaron Donald, for instance.

Broncos . JL Skinner. 2. player. 895. . Safety

Seahawks choose Jamal Adams’ replacement in the second round

Hi. Have you met Jamal Adams’ eventual replacement? Let me introduce you to Mr. Skinner from Boise State. Skinner is 6’4″ and 220 pounds and likes to hit and hit hard. He is excellent against the run but he also has great speed. Skinner also participated in track and field and ran an 11.30 100-meter dash. He’s fast and he’s strong and he likes to hit. Or as The Draft Network wrote, “He has a Kam Chancellor-like playing style.” Enough said.