Seahawks 7-round mock draft finds success with luck and a big draft-day trade

The 2024 NFL draft takes place from April 25 through 27.

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Sometimes you catch a break, and sometimes you make your own

After that stoke of luck, I thought, WWJSD? You know - what would John Schneider do. John would go for the kill and strike a deal, of course. So I did much the same. The Seahawks still needed guards, so I offered a few deals until I got close to what I wanted. as I've mention in previous mock drafts, Pro Football Focus doesn't allow you to make ridiculous trades. Okay, technically it does, but only if you hit the little button that says, "force this trade". And what's the fun in that?

So I talked with the Buffalo Bills, who needed a wide receiver. They also happened to have the 28th overall selection this year. Now don't get mad, 12s, but you all know there's been a lot of talk online about trading DK Metcalf this year. Mike Salk said they should, while Brock Huard said there is no way this will happen. Our own Lee Vowell broke down four potential trade partners for Metcalf while maintaining from the start he does not want this to happen. For those 12s who don't believe there's been much buzz around this idea, you're right. There are only about 319,000 results for the Google search, "Seahawks should trade DK Metcalf."

The thing is, I really wanted that number 28 pick from Buffalo. They drove a tough bargain, and I had to adjust my offer twice before it was accepted. I sweetened the deal by adding Seattle's 81st pick from round three and the 118th pick from round four, plus the Hawks' second-round pick from 2025. Yes, it was a lot, and yes, it hurt. But in the end, I bit the bullet and traded all that plus the Seahawks' former second-round pick, wide receiver Dee Eskridge, for the Hawks' second pick of this year's first round. What, you thought I was crazy enough to trade away DK Metcalf?

Anyway, I got one of the players who's been mocked to the Hawks several times already, Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson. I don't know anything about him; I just thought it would be cool to have another hyphenated guy on the offense. Okay, so, yeah, JPJ was easily the highest-rated interior lineman left on the board at that point. He played exclusively at center last year, but he has over 450 snaps on his resume at guard, too. PFF has the 6'3" 320 lb junior ranked as the 19th player overall, while the NFL Mock Draft Database (the Big Board) ranked him 24th, and projected the Steelers to snatch him with the 20th pick.

I have to laugh at the NFL's own draft projection, as they wrote, "Despite average athleticism, he doesn’t seem to have many issues in pass protection..." Well, considering he gave up three hurries, one quarterback hit, and zero sacks throughout his collegiate career of 1,355 snaps. Please note that wasn't written as he projects to have little difficulty in the NFL, but that he doesn't seem to have any issues. Jackson Power's Johnson could easily start at left guard for the Seahawks and would be their second-straight Rimingtown award winner as the nation's top center, following Oluwatimi.