Seahawks draft: Top 50 Seahawks Big Board for 2023 NFL Draft
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks 2023 NFL Draft Big Board: High first-round targets
As difficult as it might be to believe, there is a very real chance the Seahawks have a high enough pick to choose Will Anderson. The Broncos aren’t suddenly going to improve much. But Seattle might only end up with the number 3 pick at the highest.
If the season were to end today, the Bears would have the second pick and their schedule is murderous the rest of the way so expecting the Broncos to end up at number 2 might be too much to ask. But who knows what any team might do in the draft?
1 Edge rusher Will Anderson, Alabama
The Seahawks struggle mightily with quality pass rush depth. Uchenna Nwosu is having a nice year but that’s about it. Anderson, though, is a game-changer. He plays both the run and pass extremely well. His size, power, and speed will translate extremely well to the NFL.
Anderson’s college statistics are no joke. He played in the SEC and was constantly going against well-coached and high-end offensive blocking. Still, he destroyed opposing defenses with regularity. If Seattle gets Anderson, he instantly improves the defense greatly.
2 Quarterback Bryce Young, Alabama
So let’s say Seattle actually does want to choose their quarterback of the future in 2023. They could still re-sign Geno Smith for a year or two and have the rookie learn. Young has good arm strength and extremely great accuracy with the ability to move around in the pocket and break off a long run if needed. His size might be an issue, though, if Seattle doesn’t want to go back to a Russell Wilson-sized QB.
3 Cornerback Joey Blount, Jr.
Seattle already has one long-term shutdown corner in Tariq Woolen. But if Pete Carroll decides he wants to rebuild his defense the same way he did in the early 2010s by building from back to front, then Porter might be who Seattle takes. Woolen and Porter? Wow. And Porter is a long and rangy corner who can tackle, just like Carroll likes.