Seahawks 2023 mock draft: Retooling the defense post-Wild Card loss

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Seahawks 2023 mock draft: Second and third rounds

2. player. 823. . Edge rusher. Wildcats . Felix Anudike-Uzomah

Anudike-Uzomah is still just 21 years old and is a bit raw in technique. That isn’t a diss towards his college coaching staff but more about Anudike-Uzomah’s age. But him being 21 is a good thing. Any NFL team, hopefully the Seahawks, will add him and then teach him how to be a pro. Anudike-Uzomah might be used more in his rookie season in obvious pass-rushing downs but he is capable of helping in run support as well.

Anudike-Uzomah never quits on plays and plays with excellent ferocity. He wants to beat his man and many times does. He had 8.5 sacks in 2022 after having 11i n 2021and tackles for loss went from 14.5 to 11, but this is mostly because he saw a lot more double-teams this year.

Volunteers . Jalin Hyatt. 2. player. 839. . Wide receiver

Hyatt should make for a good third option at wide receiver behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Hyatt has good speed and decent size at 6 feet tall. He probably does need to add some weight because he is a bit thin and weighs 180 pounds. Still, he has NFL-caliber hands and good quickness.

The biggest concern with Hyatt is whether he is truly very good or more a product of Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel’s system. In his first season in Heupel’s system, Hyatt had just 21 catches and 226 yards for 2 touchdowns. In 2022, Hyatt exploded for 67 catches, 1,267 yards, and 15 touchdowns. How he translates his game, and how quickly he does so, to the NFL is anyone’s guess.

player. 829. . Defensive tackle. Crimson Tide . Byron Young. 3

Seattle needs to find interior defensive tackles who can stuff the run. Poona Ford is a free agent and wasn’t very good overall in 2022. Al Woods was solid but is also 35 years old. Adding Bresee in the first round would be a solid start but Young could instantly replace Ford.

Young is already NFL-strong and was well-coached at Alabama. He will be able to eat up blockers but his athletic enough to break through and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks at times. Adding Bresee and Young in this draft would be a huge win.