3 players the Seattle Seahawks should pass on in the 2023 NFL draft

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Seahawks should avoid drafting defensive tackle Jalen Carter

Like Hyatt, I think Carter could possibly be a good professional. He has great raw skill and with the right leadership in the locker room and among the coaching staff, Carter could be very productive. The Seahawks have strong leadership in the locker room, that's true. But the main reason I think Seattle should pass on Carter is that the only chance to take him would be a pick 5 and I think Seattle needs to take other players instead.

Carter is extremely unlikely to be around at pick 20, and this is when Seattle has its second first-round pick. Instead of Carter, I would take Will Anderson, Jr., Tyree Wilson, and even Devon Witherspoon at pick 5. Anderson and Wilson should both be forces at edge rusher. Anderson is more of a linebacker while Wilson is more of an end so it would depend on what Schneider and Carroll see as the bigger need.

Witherspoon is a tenacious corner who while not as big as Richard Sherman, brings the same kind of intensity and will to destroy the other team. He has great coverage skills and hits like a linebacker. If Seattle wants to build from the back to front of the defense, Witherspoon makes sense.

Sure, Carter has a bunch of red flags, and that is another reason to pass on him. But my main reason is simply because Seattle has other needs to address. The Seahawks signed Dre'Mont Jones and Jarran Reed this offseason so the need along the interior of the defensive line isn't as great. Plus, if Seattle thinks it can get Calijah Kancey at pick 20, it's just anothe reason to pass on Carter.