Seattle Seahawks 2024 7-round mock draft with a trade that makes Seahawks sizzle

Seattle changes the franchise's direction in this mock draft.

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Round two sees the Hawks beef up the linebacker corps

It would be a bit odd for the Seahawks to hire a defensive mastermind like Mike Macdonald, and then not draft any defensive players. So we addressed that with our first bonus selection from the Ravens, selecting linebacker Edgerrin Cooper from Texas A&M. Pro Football Focus rates him as the second-best backer in the draft, while the consensus big board - the same site cited above - ranks him number one. His projection shows him going in the late 40s to early 50s, so snapping him up at 62 would be another solid value selection.

PFF (again, subscription only, sorry gang) graded the 6'3", 230lb Cooper at 87.6 in run defense, 86.4 in pass rush, and 85.5 in coverage for an overall grade of 90.8. That's a bit higher than their projected number-one linebacker prospect, Payton Wilson. Hey, it's PFF, go figure. Actually, Wilson grades much higher in pass coverage and missed fewer tackles, so that's likely the basis of their slotting.

Cooper didn't do much to boost his draft prospects at the combine, though. Not unless you consider a 4.51 40 much. That was the fourth-fastest of all players at the position. Sure, it would be nice if he'd been the fastest, but he's got an entire season of stellar play to prove he's worth the draft capital. All he did was lead the SEC with 17 tackles for a loss, after all. He added eight sacks, forced a pair of fumbles, recovered two, and notched 84 tackles overall. Yes, he could ball for the Hawks, that's for sure.