No. 2 - Defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat
While the Seattle Seahawks run defense is a little better this year overall, they still might face an issue in 2024 along the interior of the defensive line. Leonard Williams has been terrific since he came over in a trade midway through the season, but he is a free agent this coming offseason. Dre’Mont Jones is signed through 2025, but he has an out in his contract after this year and he hasn’t been the player general manager John Schneider hoped when Jones was signed last offseason.
Jarran Reed is also signed through 2024 and he started off the season brilliantly but has digressed some. His backup is rookie Cam Young who hasn’t yet proven he can be a full-time starter in the NFL. Neither has fellow rookie Mike Morris who has missed most of the year with an injury.
T’Vondre Sweat is a mammoth human being at 6’4 and 360 pounds and he has surprising quickness for his size. Seattle needs someone in the middle of their line who can eat up blocks and allow players like Jones, assuming he returns, and Williams, assuming he is re-signed, to wreak havoc. Sweat, though, is also strong enough and skilled enough to be an impact player on his own.
Seattle could probably get Sweat in the second round if they trade back up into the round. This might mean moving down from wherever they are slated to choose in the first round and adding a second-rounder. Sweat will probably need to shed a few pounds as well to get into NFL shape, but he has the ability to help stop the run and get occasional quarterback pressure from the middle of the defensive line.