ESPN mocks Seattle Seahawks to add this perfect player at great position of need

Seattle has several positions that have big needs in the 2024 NFL draft.

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The Seattle Seahawks have a bunch of needs in the 2024 NFL draft. The problem isn't one spot at one position group, however. The issue is that Seattle is facing the possibility of having to replace almost whole units in a couple of cases.

At inside linebacker, Bobby Wagner, Devin Bush, and Jordyn Brooks are all free agents. Seattle will have to re-sign at least one of them or find three entirely new off-ball linebackers. The same situation nearly exists at tight end where Noah Fant and Colby Parkinson are free agents. Only Will Dissly remains currently under contract and his deal is too bloated. He could be a cap casualty simply to create necessary cap room.

But ESPN has an answer for the tight end problem. According to their latest mock draft, which is this time owned by Field Yates, with the 16th pick in the draft, Seattle will choose Brock Bowers from Georgia. Bowers would be a Week 1 starter and give whoever Seattle's quarterback is, probably Geno Smith, yet another weapon beyond DK Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Tyler Lockett.

Seattle Seahawks find another offensive weapon in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft

Bowers has the ability to run after the catch and catches seemingly everything thrown in his direction. Even if Seattle kept Fant or Parkinson, Bowers would instantly be the Seahawks' best pass-receiving tight end. The issue is that he might have a bit of time acclimating to blocking in the NFL. Bowers has the skills to do that, but that hasn't really been his main focus.

This might mean that Bowers' productivity would be limited early in the 2024 season. If he is in the game, that might mean Seattle is likely throwing the ball which means more focus on Bowers as he would be an obvious receiving target. The hope is that enough attention would go to the receivers to allow Bowers to see a lot of single-man coverage.

Still, long-term Bowers would be a great pick. Seattle has more general needs in the defense, but the tight end group has a singular need to address. The Seahawks could do a lot worse than choosing Brock Bowers at 16.

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