Seattle Seahawks 2023 Mock Draft: A final guess

Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon
Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
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2nd Round Picks

Round 2 Pick 37: Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech 

Keion White has quite the range amongst NFL draft gurus. Some rank him in the 50s, while Daniel Jeremiah once had him ranked number 8 in this class. I believe the Seahawks strike gold nabbing White at pick 37. The 6-5 285 lbs redshirt senior out of Georgia Tech is an immediate plug-and-play 3-4 defensive end in Seattle’s system. As PFN notes in his player profile, White "can set the edge and rush at 5-tech, or move inside to 3-tech and 2i, and blast open lanes with his traits".

White was the lone bright spot in an otherwise terrible season for Georgia Tech. Against Clemson and North Carolina, the two best teams in the ACC, White showed out with 12 tackles, 6 for a loss and 5 sacks. White finished the season with 14 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. 

He's already 24, but he still can use some refinement that could lead to a 10+ sack potential. He's a Senior Bowl stand out, which is always a John Schneider hint, but this guy brings a potential talent that we just haven't seen at the DE position in Seattle since Frank Clark.

Round 2 Pick 52: Keanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin 

I am stoked about selecting Benton with pick 52. Benton is a massive defensive tackle (6-4 309 lbs) that uses surprising quickness to go with his immense power to be a versatile defensive tackle. In the main 7 events at the NFL Combine, Benton ranked in the top 5 for multiple drills, including the bench, shuttle, and 3-cone drill. This is the type of defensive tackle that immediately improves that horrendous run defense from last season. Benton also has some really nice counter moves, even playing a few snaps at DE for Wisconsin, and proved capable of getting after the quarterback.

With Witherspoon and Woolen taking away what used to be easy passes, I expect White and Benton to help create a massive turnaround by the defensive front.