Seattle Seahawks 2023 Mock Draft: Trusting Jalen Carter…but with some insurance 

2023 CFP National Championship - TCU v Georgia
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Seahawks Round 3 Picks

Round 3 Pick 70: Daiyan Henley, LB, WSU

Fans of Pacific Northwest football probably liked the Musgrave pick and will love the selection of WSU Cougar All-American Daiyan Henley. Henley, a transfer from Nevada, was an absolute stud in his lone season on the Palouse. In his past two seasons, Henley has produced 200 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 4 sacks. He has the ability to play MLB, OLB, rush the QB, and has the athleticism to be really good in coverage. I watched George Kittle roast the Seahawks linebackers all season, and finding a guy like Henley to run with him successfully would be massive in Seattle’s quest to overtake San Francisco. 

Round 3 Pick 83: Sam Laporta, TE, Iowa

The 2023 draft is arguably one of the best ever for the Tight End position group. You have your typical TEs like Michael Mayer and Dalton Kincaid. You have the ultimate athletic and blocking weapon in Darnell Washington, and you have a potential Travis Kelce clone in Luke Musgrave. I expect all 4 of those tight ends to go in the first 50 picks, but there’s another stud TE that has gone under the radar, Sam Laporta. 

Another product from TE University at Iowa, Laporta was literally the only offensive weapon for an Iowa offense that ranked 123 out of 131 schools. With so few opportunities to get touchdowns, Laporta only saw the goal line once in 2022. While that is disappointing, his 58 receptions and 657 yards in 12 games are really exciting. Laporta may not be the star potential that the previous 4 TEs show, but he’s an immediate day 1 starter that will help in both the passing game, as well as the run blocking.