Round 1, Seahawks Pick 5 (via DEN)
Fit: Day 1 starter
What’s not to love about Jalen Carter? Everything outside of the fact that he might go top 4 in this draft. But, I do believe the Seahawks have a legitimate shot of landing him at 5, as teams will trade up to select quarterbacks. Jalen Carter is exactly what this Seattle’s defense is missing. He is an athletic freak. For someone who is 310 pounds, he is uniquely fast. He has dominated while at Georgia and will make an immediate impact on the Seahawks’ defense.
Carter is a 2-time national champion, 2022 first-team All-SEC, and 2022 first-team All-American. His hand usage is second to none in this draft class. In fact, many argued that he was the best defensive player on the 2021 Bulldogs, which ended up having 5 first-round draft picks. His sack numbers do not jump off the stat sheet, but he has a knack for ending up in the backfield. His ability to stop the run will instantly make this Seahawks’ defense better.
Round 1, Pick 26 (via DAL)
Fit: Day 1 starter
The Seattle Seahawks have done a tremendous job of rebuilding their offensive line. However, they are still missing a guard and center to go along with Charles Cross, Damien Lewis, and Abe Lucas. That is why they solidify the guard position in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Needing a wide receiver, Dallas moves from pick 26 to pick 20, while Seattle falls down 6 spots and earns an extra 3rd and 4th round draft pick.
Using pick 26 to select the number 1 ranked interior offensive lineman out of Florida, O’Cyrus Torrence. Torrence has good hands and a thick lower body to remain steady in pass protection. He put together a nice performance when going up against Jalen Carter in the regular season. Torrence will need to grow in run blocking, but he certainly possesses all the intangibles to be a solid starter in the NFL. Most impressively, in the 2022 season, he didn’t allow a single sack or get penalized once.