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 Cornerback Chau Smith-Wade

Chau Smith-Wade is a solid cover corner who is exceptional in pass-pro defense. He had 17 total PD, three INTs, six TFLs, three forced fumbles, and 71 solo tackles in his time at WSU. Although he did not have a full season in 2023 due to a soft tissue injury, Smith-Wade was a crucial part of WSU's defense over the past four seasons. He is expected to play in this year's Senior Bowl, having accepted an invitation back in November.

The Seahawks can always use depth in their defensive backfield, as seen by the toe injury which cost second-year corner Coby Bryant significant playing time this year. Seattle has had late-round luck with defensive backs in the past. Last year, rookie Jerrick Reed II was magnificent in special teams, earning PFWA All-Rookie Team honors for his contributions. Reed was taken in the sixth round in last year's draft with the 198th pick in the draft.

Chau Smith-Wade will have an opportunity to showcase his skills at the Senior Bowl. The Seahawks could take a chance on him on day three of the draft if they are impressed by what Smith-Wade can do. Smith-Wade is likely to be taken in the sixth round or later, if he is not drafted, the Seahawks could also scoop him up as an undrafted free agent.