Seattle Seahawks 2023 Mock Draft: All the offense!

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Seahawks Round 2 Pick 33: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

Now let me throw all you trench-hungry lovers a bone, as Seattle grabs the highest-rated center in this year’s draft class. We talked about how an average offensive line could lead to an incredible passing offense, but what if the offensive line got way better? That’s what Schmitz could do for Seattle.

In the Super Bowl on Sunday, you’re going to see the past and present greatness at center in future Hall of Famer Jason Kelce for the Eagles, as well as the future of the position with Creed Humphrey leading the way for Kansas City. Great centers are one of the most underrated positions in football and something Seattle hasn’t figured out since Max Unger was leading them to Super Bowls. With Schmitz, the Seahawks allow Geno more and Kenneth Walker III the opportunity to both put up MVP numbers.

Seahawks Round 2 Pick 37: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

Now that it looks like we created a juggernaut on offense, let’s give the defense the defensive end with possibly the highest motor and the most physicality you’ll find in the draft with Van Ness. Van Ness is a 6-5 265lbs redshirt sophomore that averaged 6.5 sacks a season during his two years as a Hawkeye. Between his great run defense, and his ability to play multiple positions along the front seven, this is a solid player that helps Seattle’s defense Day 1, and they need more of those guys on that side of the ball.

Seahawks Round 2 Pick 52: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

There may not be a more fascinating prospect in this draft for me than Darnell Washington. This is a player that could be taking in the first round, or slipping into the 3rd round, he’s got that much of a variance.

Washington is a massive 6’7″ and 265lbs TE that up until this season, had spent more time as a blocker than a receiver. Before we talk about his development as a receiver, let’s be clear, Washington is without question the best blocking tight end to enter the draft since Rob Gronkowski. I’m not saying he’s the next Gronk, but Washington has that potential and showed it by dominating blocks during back-to-back national championship runs through the SEC.

While he only caught 28 passes on a loaded Bulldogs squad, he still finished with 454 yards and two scores. His over 16 yards per reception proves how tough he is to bring down when he makes the catch. He’s raw and we haven’t seen many TEs like this before, but in the right system, he could be perfect.

Imagine him in the RedZone for Geno or out on the edge blasting linebackers trying to chase down Walker. Washington is my number 1 ranked TE and would be a steal here at pick 52.