Seahawks 2024 7-round mock draft: John Schneider stands pat and wins

No trades still churns out huge gains.
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Day three continues with a jump back to defense. Mostly.

In every other mock draft I've run so far, I almost always missed this player because I waited too late to make the call. PFF thinks taking edge Jalen Green with pick number 179 was far too high. I think it's the perfect spot to take a low-risk, high-reward prospect. And surely, no player in the 2024 draft matches that description better than the 6'1" 245lb redshirt senior edge rusher. PFF rates him as the 195th overall prospect, while the consensus Big Board projects him as an undrafted free agent. They do cite over a dozen mock drafts with him going in the sixth or seventh round, though.

So why draft a guy who played for the James Madison Dukes, a team that didn't even play in the Football Bowl Subdivision until 2022? As I wrote in an earlier mock draft, Green flashed far too much potential to risk letting him go until a later round. Potential, heck. 18 sacks in nine games is an incredible production, even if it was in the Sunbelt Conference. A knee injury cut his season short, but in the sixth round, yes, I'm taking the risk on a player this dynamic. There was no way I could miss him in another mock draft.

I followed that selection with another pass rusher, a player that will be more familiar to most 12s. Washington State's Brennan Jackson placed right behind Green in PFF's edge rankings, but all the way up at 173 by the consensus Big Board. In his past two seasons, the 6'4" 264lb fifth-year senior logged 75 total pressures with 11 QB hits and 15 sacks. Every writeup, including the one on NFL Draft Buzz, cites his motor and effort as the key to success in the NFL. As one scout was quoted on the NFL's draft profile, "Plays as hard as anyone in the conference. I think coaches will like him just a little bit more than scouts will, and maybe they will be right." Yep, I'll take him.

And that brings me to my final selection of the virtually unbelievable no-trade mock 2024 Seahawks draft. With the 227th pick, I bucked all the experts and selected a running back, South Dakota State's Isaiah Davis. Yes, I am well aware our own Lee Vowell wrote that running back is one of the positions that Seattle can pass on draft day. I get it, and I agree. Well, mostly. Unfortunately, the Seahawks have proven time and again that you can never have too many running backs.

Our projected third back, Kenny McIntosh, missed his entire rookie season last year. The year before that, Rashaad Penny played in just five games - heck, he deserves an entire chapter in the book of RB injuries. Chris Carson's brilliant career was derailed by injuries. Does the name C.J. Prosise ring any bells? Speaking of 2017, how fun was it when the Hawks started four different running backs, including third-down specialist J.D. McKissic?

In light of that, I'm perfectly comfortable spending a seventh-round pick on a player as explosive as Davis. Yes, I've taken him before, and if he's available in the seventh round again, I'll snap him up the next time, too. He averaged an elite 3.97 yards after contact, and his 25 carries of 15 yards+ ranked third in the NCAA. NFL Draft Buzz projects him as a short-yardage dreadnought with the potential to develop into a three-down back. Yes, he needs to work on pass protection; that alone is why he's projected as the 180th selection by the consensus Big Board. But in the seventh round, he's still a great value and a win for the Seahawks.

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