Seattle Seahawks 2024 mock draft tracker: A favorite emerges after Sam Howell trade

Thoughts on who Seattle might take in the first round.

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The Seattle Seahawks are still scooping up players in free agency, but one trade they made last week probably makes taking a quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft moot. There is seemingly no reason to take a QB as Seattle now has Geno Smith and recently acquired Sam Howell. That means Seattle can focus on greater positions of need.

The offensive and defensive lines need help. The team has yet to address at least one guard spot after Damien Lewis left in free agency. Right guard was a mess in 2023 and there is no guarantee the spot will be better next season unless the team drafts a guard high in the draft.

Seattle also needs to get younger in the interior of the defensive line. Leonard Williams was re-signed but will soon be 30 years old. Jarran Reed is over 30 already. One of the mock drafts below does have the Seahawks taking a defensive tackle in the first round.

Seattle Seahawks mock draft tracker after team eliminates need to take a quarterback

Troy Fautaunu, offensive lineman, Washington

Mocked by: Kyle Dvorchak, NBC Sports; Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today; David Helmman and Carmen Vitali, FOX Sports; Luke Easterling, Sports Illustrated

Fautanu might make the most sense of any player for Seattle to take in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft. Obviously, Seattle offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb and offensive line coach Scott Huff will be more familiar with the offensive lineman than any other team since they coached Fautanu at Washington.

Fautanu is big enough at 6'4" and 317 pounds to play in Week 1 and he could play either guard spot at likely a high level. He is a true brawler who won't back down from any opponent. Fautanu could be a Pro Bowler by his second season.

Byron Murphy II, defensive lineman, Texas

Mocked by: Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports

Murphy potentially could be a young Aaron Donald. He is strong enough to play early in his career and would be a great part of a defensive line rotation. The only reason he might not go in the top 10 is that some teams might see him as short as he is 6 feet tall and 300 pounds.

Jackson Powers-Johnson, offensive lineman, Oregon

Mocked by: Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Cummings really likes Powers-Johnson's versatility as he can play anywhere along the offensive line. This includes playing center, but the issue would be that Seattle likely would not spend a first-round choice on someone they think will play center. Maybe the Seahawks would see the 6'3" and 328-pound player as a good fit at one guard spot.

Chop Robinson, edge rusher, Penn State

Mocked by: Diante Lee, the Athletic

Robinson is 6'3" and 255 pounds and extremely athletic. He ran a 4.48 40 at the NFL combine so he has the speed to beat offensive tackles in his rookie season. He still needs to improve his technique, however, as even having great raw physical skills does not mean that someone will succeed in the NFL.

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