5 early contenders to be the Seattle Seahawks first-round pick in 2024

Breaking down five players Seattle could take in the first round in 2024 based on positions of need.

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Seahawks first-round pick contender No. 4

Jer'Zhan Newton, Defensive line - Illinois

Let's assume Seattle is going to lose Leonard Williams in free agency. He was terrific after joining the Seahawks after the first third of the season, but he probably wants more in his next contract than the Seahawks are able to pay. Seattle will have Jarran Reed and Dre'Mont Jones back unless Seattle releases Jones. But every good defense needs a rotation of productive defensive linemen and not just one or two decent players.

Newton might need to gain about 10 pounds once in the NFL but he is still 6'2" and 295 pounds. He has excellent athleticism and great strength. He also stays consistent from game to game and does not back down from any opponent. Newton will likely be taken by a team and be near Pro Bowl quality for the next 10 years.

Newton also can play at any spot along the defensive line. For example, he lined up at nose guard in well over 100 snaps. He can play end or tackle. This would allow him to be a three-down player who will provide a good pass rush and be a beast against the run. He might not be Jalen Carter, but he also is not far off.

Other DL options:
- Leonard Taylor III, Miami