Round 3 Pick 77: Ruke Orhorhoro, Defensive tackle, Clemson
While the additions of Penix and Sanders can be viewed as splashy moves, the rest of the draft will be focused on areas where the Seahawks need depth or major improvements. With the first of Seattle's two selections in the 3rd round, the Hawks either add depth or a potential Leonard Williams replacement.
Even with the expectation of Williams returning to Seattle (please re-sign him), Ruke Orhorhoro is the type of player who could push Jarran Reed in a contract year while taking over a DT spot by 2025.
Orhorhoro is a 6-4, 295 lbs 5th-year senior who has been the anchor of a top-25 defense for the Clemson Tigers. Usually, a body eater that has allowed other Clemson stars to shine, Orhorhoro has still managed to produce 8 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. A potential trio of Williams, Reed, and Orhorhoro could be massive for the interior defensive line in 2024.
Round 3 Pick 80: Cole Bishop, Safety, Utah
As many of you noticed, the Seahawks were without Jamal Adams on the field, and on the sidelines. The trainwreck of a trade has continued to rot as Adams has become a liability on and off the field. While Quandre Diggs looked better on Monday night, much of that had to do with Julian Love's play. I expect Schneider and Pete to cut Adams and Diggs this spring, and select a safety in the first two days of the draft.
In my last mock draft, I wrote about how I wasn't very high on this year's safety group. While I still believe the overall depth is weak, there are a few that stand out, including Cole Bishop out of Utah.
The junior captain for the Utes, Bishop was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award this season. In 11 games, Bishop amassed 60 total tackles (6.5 for loss) with 3 sacks and 1 interception. When watching film on Bishop, I see a guided missile consistently finding himself at the football at the right time, every time. Any teams that chose to run to the outside were quickly met by Bishop, and he shut down the intermediate and middle of the field. While he needs work on better reading deep throws to the outside, there's a reason why some are comparing him to another special Utah safety.
Bishop and Love as your starting secondary next year, alongside Devon Witherspoon, is a potentially elite secondary.