Seahawks will need to deal with these three tough rookies in 2023

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Seahawks will face LB Nolan Smith - Philadelphia Eagles (Round 1, Pick 30)

Along with Jalen Carter, the Eagles got another great Georgia defensive player in Nolan Smith. Smith slid right into Philadelphia's lap in the late first round and could end up as one of the greatest steals of the draft.

Smith had 110 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, one interception, and three forced fumbles in four years at Georgia. His breakout year came in 2021 with 53 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception, and three forced fumbles. His production was good but not impressive but it was likely his performance at the NFL scouting combine that boosted his draft stock, but concerns remained about his size and pass-rush potential.

Despite concerns about his frame, size, and pass-rush potential, the Eagles couldn't pass on Smith's high ceiling. Many compared him to edge rusher Haason Reddick, who Smith will now play understudy to in Philadelphia. Smith might not ever be as productive as Reddick, but Smith also likely has no better teacher than the guy playing in front of him.

Carter and Smith join a championship-caliber Philadelphia Eagles defense that already has multiple Georgia talents like Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, and Kelee Ringo. People were joking that the Eagles may be turning into the Philadelphia Bulldogs. But with so much talent out of Georgia, who can blame Philly for what they are doing?