Seahawks 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: No QB until 2nd round
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks choose help for Ken Walker in the third round
If an NFL team wants to run the ball well, they need a few things. One is a good offensive line, obviously. But a second one would be to have multiple backs who can gain chunk yards and therefore keep all the running backs healthy. Seattle was going to have that this season until Rashaad Penny went down with another injury.
Ken Walker, however, has proven he can be an RB1 for a long time and he just needs some help. Tucker is explosive as he was a 100- and 200-meter champion in track in high school. At Syracuse, the 5’10” and 210-pound back set a rushing record for the college in 2021 with 1,496 yards rushing. He can also catch, though, as he has 60 receptions in three years for the Cuse.
Seahawks choose pass rush help in the fourth round
Baldonado is an extremely raw player. He is a native of Italy and played three years of football before moving to the United States just a few years ago. This probably explains his inconsistency as he had 9 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2021 for Pittsburgh but so far in 2022 has just .5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. But with the correct coaching, Baldonado could join a pass-rushing rotation of Uchenna Nwosu and others and be a force.
Seahawks choose Gabe Jackson’s replacement in the fourth round
Seattle has to decide what it is going to do with the interior of its offensive line. Blythe at center could be replaced and so could Gabe Jackson at right guard. Jackson might even be replaced by Phil Haynes by the end of this year. Barrington probably won’t be ready to start right away but he is a smart player with a frame in which he can gain weight. He is currently 6’6″ and 300 pounds but could probably get to 320 and be just as athletic.