Seattle Seahawks land defensive difference-maker in 2025 mock draft

It is never too early for mock drafts and one too-early mock has Seattle getting an impact edge rusher.
Mykel Williams of the Georgia Bulldogs
Mykel Williams of the Georgia Bulldogs / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Projecting what an NFL team may or may not need a year ahead can be foolish, of course. Doing so implies that one can be fairly certain of how a team is going to do in the coming season. Unless the team is the Kansas City Chiefs then knowing how well or poorly a team will finish is mostly a guess.

That is important to note because a team will clearly need to improve in certain areas to make the overall team better. In the case of the Seattle Seahawks, coaches and fans hope that the defensive line is better under new head coach Mike Macdonald and that the offensive line becomes a cohesive and efficient unit. If that happens, Seattle might have less urgent needs at those groups in 2025.

Seattle might have a need at quarterback next year depending on how well Geno Smith plays this season. Should he perform well, Seattle can wait until 2026 to try to add a long-term quarterback. If he digresses, the team could save $25 million by moving on from him.

Mykel Williams would be an unlikely get for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2025 NFL draft

Edge rusher does not project to be a dire need for Seattle in 2025. Uchenna Nwosu and Boye Mafe will still be under contract, and hopefully, second-year player Derick Hall will make a big leap in production this year. Still, a team cannot have too many quality edge rushers.

This is where Pro Football Network's recent too-early 2025 mock draft comes in. Ian Cummings of PFN has the Seahawks predicted to choose 13th overall (which means Seattle would have a worse record in 2024 than 2023 as the team chose 16th overall in this year's draft). With their first pick next year, Seattle would take the first edge rusher off the board.

Cummings has general manager John Schneider and friends tipped to take Georgia's Mykel Williams. The main reason is that Cummings believes that Williams would be a perfect fit in Macdonald's defensive system. The edge rusher certainly has great size at 6'5" and 265 pounds. The soon-to-be 20-year-old has not yet produced impressive numbers, however.

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In each of his first two seasons, Williams had 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. One might hope that those numbers trended higher in his second year, though he did play in two fewer games as a sophomore. He flashed a huge burst and seems to have good strength that will only get better with age and once in an NFL weight-training program.

Williams would also be just 21 years old in his first season with the Seahawks. To be fair, though, Williams is unlikely to wind up in Seattle. One issue is that if his numbers improve a great deal in 2024, he will probably be a top-10 pick. Plus, there is no reason to think Seattle picks as high as 13th. Williams would be a nice get for Seattle, though, if only in theory.

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