Seattle Seahawks 2023 Mock Draft: Post-Geno Smith re-signing

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Seahawks trade back to pick 7

TRADE: Seahawks trade pick 5 to Raiders for picks 7, 70, and a 2024 2nd-round pick

Round 1 pick 7: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech

Much like last week’s mock, the Seahawks take advantage of a team desperate for a new face of the franchise. In this case, it is Will Levis for Las Vegas. With the trade, Seattle moves back only slightly while picking up an early third-round pick as well as more ammo for a 2024 draft that is overflowing with talent, specifically at the quarterback position. Make no mistake, the Seahawks may have locked up Geno, but they will not stop looking for a replacement to be ready within the next 24 months.

With all the quarterbacks falling off the board, the Seahawks are still able to select a blue-chip defensive talent in the monstrous edge defender out of Texas Tech, Tyree Wilson. Wilson, the number 4 overall prospect on my big board, is a perfect fit for what Seattle needs. Standing at 6’6″ and 275 pounds with massive arms (36” long), Wilson is capable of playing DE, edge, and even some linebacker for the Seahawks.

An excellent run defender who also can get after the passer, Wilson’s tape brings me back to prime Michael Bennett. Bennett was a player single-handedly capable of wrecking an opponent’s game plan. Wilson was a 1st-team All-Big 12 this season.

He replicated most of his 2021 stats in 2022 but played three fewer games. If he had played a full 12-13 games, I think Wilson probably threatens Will Anderson, Jr. for the first edge defender to be selected. The Seahawks needed another premier edge to pair with Uchenna Nwosu, and they got one in Wilson.