Full 7-round Seattle Seahawks 2024 mock draft with Mike Macdonald as head coach

Seattle needs to fix its defense with the help of some of their 2024 draft picks.

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Seahawks fourth and fifth round choices

Seahawks draft safety Beau Brade with 118th overall pick

The Seahawks might need to address the losses of Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams if both are released to create cap room. Adams hasn't been able to stay healthy and hasn't been very good when he is on the field. Diggs digressed this season and will be 31 years old in 2024. Not old, but not young for a free safety either. Diggs appeared to lose half-a-step in 2023 anyway.

Brade is big enough to play safety in the NFL at 6'1" and 210 pounds and the Maryland product does not shy away from physicality. But he also sometimes resembles former Seattle safety Marquise Blair in that Brade does not quite know when to cool down. He is often overly aggressive which can cost him against bigger NFL players and in coverage. Still, the want to succeed is there and he has decent speed.

Seattle takes tight end AJ Barner with 154th overall pick

Like with the safety group, Seattle might also have to remake its tight end room. Noah Fant and Colby Parkinson are both free agents. That leaves only Will Dissly as the Seahawks' only proven tight end and even Dissly contract is bloated. Plus, Dissly seems to be more of a blocker than a receiver at this point. Seattle will need a tight end who can block, of course, but also be a dangerous pass receiver.

We know Barner is a very good run-blocker as that is what he was mostly asked to do in Michigan's run-heavy attack. Michigan also played a pro-style offense so Barner should not have much time adjusting from college to the NFL in that aspect. He does appear to have the ability to catch and run, however, as the 6'6" and 245 pound tight end averaged a decent 11.3 yards per reception in 2023.