Seahawks draft: Top 50 Seahawks Big Board for 2023 NFL Draft

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Seahawks 2023 NFL Draft Big Board: High second round

The gift the Denver Broncos’ bad season is giving to the Seahawks for the 2023 draft goes beyond the first round. Seattle also acquired Denver’s second-round choice in the Russell Wilson trade and that means a pick so high in the second round that it should merit a player of first-round quality. Here are some players Seattle should take with their first second-round pick.

15 Safety DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama

One thing about Alabama players is you know they have been well-coached in college. Seattle has a huge decision about what to do at safety as well. Jamal Adams is always hurt and Quandre Diggs hasn’t been nearly as good in 2022 as he was in either 2020 or 2021. Hellams is excellent against the run and plays more like Kam Chancellor than Earl Thomas. This means he is an easy replacement for Adams.

16 Defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu, USC

Clearly, I am beginning to go defense-heavy in this draft because that is by far where Seattle needs the most help. Tuipulotu is 6’4″ and 290 pounds but with excellent athletic ability. He even played a little linebacker for the Trojans this year. But what jumps off the page is his 21 tackles for loss.

17 Linebacker Noah Sewell, Oregon

Sewell hasn’t had a great year (compared to 2021) but he still has high-end athletic ability. He is capable of taking over for Cody Barton who has been inconsistent with Seattle in 2022 and is a free agent this offseason.

18 Defensive lineman Siaki Ika, Baylor

Honestly, if the Seahawks don’t take Ika if they have the opportunity then someone needs to lose their job. Priority number one to fix Seattle’s defense is to fix the run defense. Ika would go a very long way toward remedying the problem. He is a massive human at 6’4″ and 355 pounds but is enormously strong with surprising quickness. Seattle needs Ika. Period.