Seahawks 2023 mock draft: First-round picks
One of Seattle’s most glaring needs entering 2023 is to improve the interior of its defensive line. But this goes well beyond just trying to stop the run. The Seahawks must get some interior pass rush as well and Bresee, who is 6’6″ and 300-plus pounds, has great quickness to get through blockers fast enough to stuff the run and chase down quarterbacks.
Florida State seems to know which transfer players to take. In 2021, FSU had Jermaine Johnson come to them, and, after being taken in the first round of the 2022 draft, he’s had a solid rookie year for the Jets. Verse is a lot like Johnson is that he has explosive speed and a bunch of power too. Verse transferred from Albany to FSU this year and ended up with 14.5 tackles for loss for the Seminoles.
There should be zero questions about how much talent Smith-Njigba has, but he does need to show he can stay healthy in the NFL. Smith-Njigba had a huge year in 2021 with 1,606 receiving yards for the Buckeyes but he only played in three games this season because of a hamstring injury. But adding him to a Seattle team that has DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett gives whoever Seattle’s quarterback is another great weapon while allowing Smith-Njigba a bit of time to acclimate to the NFL.
The Seahawks need to fix all the levels of their defense. The secondary might be OK if Jamal Adams can come back healthy in 2023 but Seattle needs to add another cornerback. But Seattle should make linebacker a higher priority as they need playmakers there. Sanders is an inside linebacker and could immediately replace Cody Barton; Barton is a free agent. Sanders also had 9.5 sacks for the Razorbacks this year.