The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of different needs in the 2024 NFL draft. Plus, the team has found a new head coach in Mike Macdonald, and as Seattle's defense needs the most fixing, general manager John Schneider taking a defensive player in the first round probably makes the most sense. But which defensive player and at which spot?
Seattle's most glaring weakness are along the interior of the defensive line, the interior of the defensive line, and at linebacker. If Seattle releases Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs, that could also create a greater need at safety. But the same issue that would exist as safety and that already is a problem at linebacker could also be the case at tight end.
Seattle only has one proven tight end on the roster in 2024 currently. That is Will Dissly. Colby Parkinson and Noah Fant are both free agents. Fant might be too expensive to re-sign. As Dissly is more of a blocker than a receiver now, Seattle should probably draft a tight end. This is why the Ringer thinks that the Seahawks should take Brock Bowers from the University of Georgia with Seattle's number 16 pick in the 2024 draft.
Brock Bowers would be a great fit for the Seattle Seahawks
Taking a tight end first when Seattle has other needs might be a little bit of a stretch, but part of the issue is that Seattle has multiple needs along the offensive and defensive lines while tight end is more of a singular concern. That is why taking Bowers in the first round makes sense; he is potentially a very good player who can instantly fix a position by himself.
But I used the word "ridiculous" in the title because Bowers is a ridiculously good tight end and one of the better prospects at his position to enter the draft in a number of years. He can catch extremely well - he only dropped the ball on 5.1 percent of his targets in 2023 - but in 2021 and 2022 he averaged over 15 yards per reception. He has the ability to catch and run better than most tight ends already in the league.
Bowers also knows how to block well and he would have been taught how to do so at Georgia. The SEC has monsters at edge rusher so Bowers would have played against NFL-ready players during his entire time in college. Plus, Bowers is just 21 years old so he would have a long time to play football in the NFL.
Sure, getting a high-end defensive lineman or offensive guard would be great, but picking at 16 is kind of a no man's land. Getting the best player available is more important. Bowers could be the best player available when the Seahawks' turn comes to make a first round draft pick.