Seahawks 2023 NFL Draft Big Board: High first-round targets cont.
The Seahawks have to make their defense better. The offense in 2022 has been good enough to win a lot of games while the defense has kept the team from winning at times (see Week 12 versus the Raiders). Going with two first-round picks on the defensive side would not be a surprise.
4 Defensive lineman Jalen Carter, Georgia
One area where Seattle must get more production next year is its defensive line. The shame is that this unit was a strength of the team in 2021. But the interior pass rush has been very inconsistent and run defense has been putrid. Carter, at 6’3″ and 300 pounds, fixes both.
5 Edge rusher Myles Murphy, Clemson
Murphy might be just one step behind Carter but Murphy still offers elite size at 6’5″ and 280 pounds and has excellent quickness. While he struggles to wrap up when tackling sometimes, he isn’t a one-dimensional player and can play the run and pass.
6 Wide receiver Quentin Johnston, TCU
Choosing a receiver high in the first round would be a very Seahawks-y thing to do. Seattle likes to zip when the expectation is to zag. But taking a WR might make sense, especially if Johnston is the guy because he is special.
Tyler Lockett is a great player but he is also going to turn 31 years old early in the 2023 season. Johnston has the ability, even though he is 6’4″, to do all the things Lockett can do. Basically, Johnston is Lockett but in DK Metcalf’s body.