The Seattle Seahawks will have a change of direction in how they approach the draft compared to the last 14 years. No longer will former head coach Pete Carroll have control over personnel decisions and who Seattle chooses. Since Carroll is no longer involved, general manager John Schneider will have full control over all personnel decisions in Seattle.
Seattle currently holds the number 16 pick in the 2024 NFL draft. Schneider has made a habit of trading back through the years and picking up more picks within that specific draft. But what if part of his approach in 2024 is to trade up to grab a player he sees as being an instance impact player for Seattle?
Why do I mention pick number 9, though? That is where the Chicago Bears hold their second top-ten pick of the 2024 NFL draft and the Bears might be more willing to deal that pick. Chicago could pick up Seattle's pick at 16 and maybe a 2025 first-or-second round choice. Or maybe the Bears make the move for the number 16 choice and wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Anything is possible, but here is who Seattle should take if they move up.
Seattle Seahawks could trade up for tight end Brock Bowers
What? Trade up and grab a tight end? Am I insane? Well, maybe slightly. But Bowers is a different player than your normal tight end and could be immediately productive and have a long-term impact. The 6'4" and 240-pound prospect out of Georgia is potentially the best tight end to enter the draft in years.
He is a yards-after-catch monster who can stretch a defense as well as most wide receivers, but his excellent hands allow him to catch the ball over the middle in traffic. Whoever the Seahawks offensive coordinator is will be able to line Bowers up in whatever position he wants. Bowers could even act as a fullback if needed.
There are many mock drafts that have Bowers being taken before pick 16 and many in the top ten. Bowers would also instantly upgrade a position of need for the Seahawks as the only tight end currently under contract in 2024 is Will Dissly. Dissly has not had much of an impact in the pass game for Seattle the last couple of year. While Noah Fant and Colby Parkinson have to some degree, they are both headed toward free agency.