5 college players from state of Washington who Seahawks should take in 2024 NFL Draft

The 2024 NFL draft takes place from April 25 through 27.

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WSU Safety Jaden Hicks

Outside of Julian Love, the Seahawks could use younger reinforcements at the safety position. Quandre Diggs is 31 years old and might be a potential cut for the Seahawks this off-season. Jamal Adams is in a similar boat, having been unable to play a full season for the Seahawks since he arrived in 2020 via trade and given his lack of production at the position. WSU safety Jaden Hicks is a draft sleeper who could fill a pressing need for Seattle in this year's draft.

Hicks was a defensive standout for the Cougs, starting every game for them the past two seasons. He had two INTs in 2023 (one of which was a pick-six), six TFLs, four PD, 2.5 sacks, and 49 solo tackles. Currently, Hicks is a projected early fourth-round pick. The Seahawks right now have a fourth-round pick and two third-round choices. Which means they could select Hicks either on day two or day three of the draft.

What is interesting about Hicks is he can play all over the field on defense. He can be used to stop the run, but he also has a knack for finding the ball in pass coverage. The Seahawks in the past did draft another Cougar defensive back, Marcus Trufant, at the 2003 NFL draft. Trufant had a long 10-year career in Seattle. Could Jaden Hicks follow in Trufant's footsteps?