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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Hawks add more defense to round out day two

The Seahawks play with their own money to complete the second day of the draft. They'll use both to continue their revamp of the defense. You may see a theme here but don't get too comfortable. The proto-AI fake John Schneider is a man of mystery. A lot like the real man, since we aren't sure what he'll do as the man with the final say on Seattle's draft picks.

I don't know who John Schneider will select with his first of two third-round picks, but I took a player many 12s will know very well: Washington's Edge Bralen Trice. PFF ranks the 6'4" 274lb Husky as their ninth edge player to come off the board, but still 67th overall. The NFL draft database sees him in a much better light. They rank the UDub junior sixth among pass rushers off the edge and the 38th overall pick. Again, that's the consensus of over 100 draft sites.

Another site that likes Trice more than a little bit is nfldraftbuzz.com. He was named the Huskies defensive MVP as a redshirt sophomore in 2022. As much as they like Brice, PFF shows him with slightly better stats. For 2022, the former site credits Brice with 67 total pressures, including 15 QB hits and eight sacks. PFF shows him with 70 pressures, including the same QB hits but one more sack and a couple more hurries. He dialed it up a bit in 2023 with 80 pressures, 19 of those QB hits, and eight sacks (according to PFF). He showed up in run support last year as well with 28 stops. Trice would be a welcome addition to the Hawks' already dynamic duo of Boye Mafe and Uchenna Nwosu.

Just three picks later, I had Seattle stay west to shore up the defensive line. Weird, I stayed in the Pac-12 when almost no one else is. Anyway, with the 81st overall selection, I took Oregon's defensive lineman Brandon Dorlus. He can play at the edge or 3-technique, as he showed throughout his collegiate career with the Ducks. While some sites list him as an edge defender, he ran with the defensive tackle group at the combine. At 6'3" and 283 pounds, that makes a lot more sense than to classify him as a speed edge rusher. among that group, he turned in the second-fastest time, only behind Florida State's Branden Fiske.

In 2022, Dorlus lined up outside the tackle on 60 percent of his snaps. Last season that dropped to just 27 percent of his snaps, as he played at the 3 and 4-technique spots - the classic defensive tackle alignment - for 412 of his 587 snaps. No matter where he lined up, he was a problem for the opposing offensive line. PFF assigned him overall grades of 79.2, 74.8, and 76.9 in his final three seasons in Eugene. As we've seen from Macdonald's lineups in Baltimore, he likes players who can assume multiple roles in his defenses. I think he'd love to add Brandon Dorlus to his chessboard.