How each Seattle Seahawks 2023 draft pick can help the team

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Seahawks fifth-round picks

5th round, 151st overall pick - Mike Morris, Defensive End, Michigan

Mike Morris fills a significant need for Seattle. He has elite size and strength, and if not for a below-average combine, Morris would have been a day two pick based on game tape and production. Seattle selected him late due to his poor 3-cone drill. 

In my opinion, Mike Morris is the steal of the draft for Seattle and could make a day-one impact. The Seahawks needed help on the defensive line, and Morris is another prospect with the tools to impact the run game immediately. But to reach his full potential and be an every-down player, the Seahawks must develop his pass-rush repertoire.

5th round, 154th overall pick - Olusegun Oluwatimi, Center, Michigan

Olusegun Oluwatimi, or “Olu,” as he prefers to be referred to, is another excellent pick for filling team needs. Olu wasn’t near my top center prospects in this draft but may have one of the highest ceilings in the potential for the position. Olu has the best chance to succeed by landing blocks on the move and showing his ability to move at his size. 

Although, He does need to improve on his blitz protection pickups, as he allowed eight sacks in his first two collegiate seasons. As a junior transfer at Michigan, he started all 13 games for the Wolverines and allowed zero sacks for the first time in his career. With Olu’s pass protection proving a fixable aspect of his game, he was integral to Michigan’s success in the run game.

Being quicker than most linemen, I anticipate Olu could even be used at guard in the NFL. Still, if OLU can prove reliable in blitz protection and communication, he could immediately impact the Seahawks’ run game with an open opportunity at center.