The Seattle Seahawks chose 10 players in the 2023 NFL draft. By most accounts, the draft was a good one and helped fill some needs. Seattle needed a nose tackle? Check. They got one, and more on that in a minute.
Seattle probably also could have used an inside linebacker but they didn't choose one of those players. Probably because the team is hoping Bobby Wagner and Devin Bush will stay healthy and be better tacklers than the players Seattle had in 2022. Let's hope that happens.
But overall, the Seahawks chose quality players who should improve the offense and defense. And well, yeah, special teams as well. But longer snapper Chris Stoll was picked up as an undrafted free agent so maybe that doesn't count. Still, Seattle didn't have a long snapper before the draft and now they have one afterward. But which three Seattle rookies might make the biggest immediate impacts?
Seahawks impact player No. 1: Defensive tackle Cameron Young
I am not completely understanding why so many 12s are still upset that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll did "so little" to address the concerns among the defensive line group. They certainly did try to remedy the problem of 2022 by adding Dre'Mont Jones and Jarran Reed in free agency. Jones and Reed should be an upgrade over the players who were in their spots last year.
But Young is no slouch. He is a beast of a player at 6'3" and 305 pounds and is bottom-heavy so he is tough to move out of position. This is exactly what teams want in a nose tackle: Someone who can take up blockers and not give ground. That is Young's strength.
While Young might not start Week 1, he will definitely get reps and likely earn more playing time. He can rotate in with someone like Myles Adams. But Young is bigger than Adams, and certainly stronger than 2022 starter Poona Ford. Young's job is to allow linebackers to make tackles and there is no reason to think Young won't do that very well early in his career.