The Seattle Seahawks were so close to making the playoffs this season. They just needed to win their final two games to clinch a postseason spot. But did they? As you know, of course, they did not. Now Seattle faces a shaky offseason where the team should make a lot of changes but likely will not.
So assuming head coach Pete Carroll returns and most of the current players under contract for 2024, how should Seattle make sure that next year was better than this one. Obviously, one way to improve the team is making wise picks in the 2024 NFL draft. All non-playoff teams now know where their picks will fall. More importantly, 12s know where the Seahawks will make their first selection in next offseason's draft.
With the win in Week 18 but failing to make the playoffs, the Seahawks will pick at number 16 in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft. But what to do with that draft choice?
Seattle Seahawks learn where their 2024 first-round pick will be selected
The biggest question with the pick is what Seattle should do with it. There will likely be a potentially good quarterback available. But general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have never chosen a quarterback higher than the third round since 2010. That pick worked out well as Russell Wilson turned out to be the best quarterback in Seahawks history.
Seattle also needs offensive line and defensive line help. The O-line could be an even greater concern if Seattle does not think right tackle Abe Lucas's bad knee is going to improve. He struggled with the injury in his rookie year of 2022 as well. Replacing Lucas with a high pick might be necessary.
Seattle is likely to lose defensive lineman Leonard Williams in free agency. Williams was Seattle's best defensive lineman since being traded for during the season. The Seahawks might need to take an inner lineman with their first pick.
Or maybe Seattle chooses a safety. Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams are potential salary cap cuts. Getting younger as the position worked well when Seattle took Earl Thomas in the first round in 2010.