Dream Day 3 picks for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2023 NFL draft

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The Seattle Seahawks have made a habit of having Day 3 NFL draft steals since general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll arrived in 2010. Tariq Woolen, Kam Chancellor, and Richard Sherman, for three examples, were all fifth-round picks. The list of impact Day 3 choices made by the Seahawks can go on and on.

In the 2023 NFL draft, Seattle might find some long-term starters, if maybe not immediate starters. Of course, we thought that about Woolen last year and we see where we are now. But at some positions of need, like the interior of the offensive line, some gems can be found on the last day of a draft.

In fact, overall Schneider and Carroll seem to struggle more with what to do early in a draft than on the backend. Seattle might choose a bust or two in the first round and then take a potential Hall of Famer in the last rounds. The players that follow might be more Seahawks steals.

Day 3 gems the Seahawks might choose in the 2023 NFL draft

Round 4, Pick 120: Quarterback Hendon Hooker (Tennessee)

Hendon Hooker might have been a first-round pick if he never tore his ACL last season. Fortunately for the Seahawks, that injury concern might make him available later in the draft. Hooker, since 2021, has 58 touchdowns and five interceptions thrown. He also shows excellent pocket presence and the ability to fit the ball in tight windows with good velocity. He did exhibit tendencies to stare down receivers at times, but due to his excellent efficiency, that seems like a fixable problem to me in his NFL transition.

Round 5, Pick 148: Offensive guard Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame)

Jarrett Patterson has elite athleticism for a 6’5″ offensive guard. Patterson as well frequently displays the ability to beat defenders to the punch while in pass protection. Even though he exhibits great potential, Patterson did lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in offensive holding penalties last season due to his aggressive style of play.

Round 5, Pick 151: Safety Trey Dean III (Florida)

Trey Dean III has elite size for safety and shows slite zone coverage instincts. At times, Dean proved to be an excellent box safety and hybrid linebacker. Due to Pete Carroll’s love for that hybrid safety role, I could see Dean being coached nicely by Carroll’s staff.

Round 6, Pick 184: Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota)

Mohamed Ibrahim is a powerful running back that reminds me a lot of Chris Carson when he entered the draft. Ibrahim possesses outstanding contact balance, power, and unrelenting motor, but after many lower body injuries, he comes into the draft as a banged-up 25-year-old running back. No NFL scout salivates over a player that can’t stay on the field.

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However, in Ibrahim’s case, he was finally able to stay healthy for the University of Minnesota in his final year. What was the result? Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for over 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a prospect, he projects as a rotational running back in the NFL, but the Seahawks’ affiliation with powerful backs might result in Seattle taking the chance on a high-upside player.