Seahawks 2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Fourth and fifth rounds cont.
38 Safety Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State
Ji’Ayir Brown isn’t that big but he is a true free safety. He has decent speed and should run a 40 at the combine a bit above 4.4. He also isn’t afraid to help in the run game and attack the line of scrimmage. The issue is if his size – he is 5’11” and 205 pounds – will allow him to hold up physically in the NFL.
39 Linebacker Owen Pappoe, Auburn
Pappoe is an excellent athlete who may take a bit of time to make an impact in the NFL. He is a little undersized and is sometimes a bit overly aggressive. Seattle has struggled with missed tackles in 2022 so choosing Pappoe, who can miss a tackle or two, might be scary. But he is also a capable pass rusher.
40 Edge rusher Robert Beal, Jr., Georgia
Beal was crazy good in 2021 in limited time as he had 6.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. But in 2022, in about the same amount of playing time, Beal was nowhere close to that kind of productivity with 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss. But there is no question he will have been well-coached at Georgia and about as ready for the NFL as any player.
41 Cornerback Mekhi Garner, LSU
Garner has the length that Pete Carroll likes in a corner as he is 6’1″ and 220 pounds with 33″ arms. He doesn’t have a nose for taking the ball away but is very good in coverage and doesn’t allow for open windows for quarterbacks.
42 Edge rusher KJ Henry, Clemson
Henry is likely a situational player who can be used on obvious passing downs. His size is good at 6’4″ and 255 pounds but he isn’t overly explosive. Still, he is OK in pass coverage (he had 6 passes defended in 2022) and would be a decent part of a pass-rushing rotation.