4 prospects Seahawks could reach for at No. 20 in 2023 NFL Draft
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks are mostly done with free agency this offseason. Maybe there is a player or two they will add, but Seattle will soon be turning almost all of its attention to the 2023 NFL draft. The Seahawks have two picks in the first round and while there is lots of speculation about what to do at pick 5, pick 20 is nearly as important.
Seattle could do a number of things in April’s draft, of course. This includes trading down from pick 5 and pick up even more high-end draft capital. Or Seattle could choose a potentially great defender at number 5 overall.
If that happens, maybe the Seahawks should just have some fun at pick 20. The team has a few positions of need, but they could also add high-end talent to positions of less need, like a wide receiver. Here are four choices worth maybe overreaching for with Seattle’s second choice in the first round.
Reach No. 1: Seahawks could draft wide receiver Jalin Hyatt
The Seahawks do need a third receiver and instead of overpaying for one, it makes sense to draft one. The question is how high of draft capital to spend on a receiver. Pick number 5 should be out of the question. Seattle has much greater needs than WR3, such as a defensive lineman or edge rusher.
Pick number 20 for the Seahawks could be one where they just have a little fun. With their first pick in the 2023 draft, they must take a good player that fits a position of need. With their second pick in the first round, however, just get a potentially good player who can be a weapon. Jalin Hyatt could be that player, though Hyatt might still be around in the second round.
Like with all these choices, overreaching at number 20 simply comes down to how much the Seahawks like a player and if they fear he won’t be around in the early second round. Hyatt has good hands and good speed. He does need to add some strength and weight to absorb all the impact he will get in the NFL, but at 6 feet tall he is tall enough to be a threat on the outside or in the red zone. The biggest question about him might be whether he is a product of Josh Huepel’s system at Tennessee or if he simply learned how to be a great receiver in his junior season.