Three sleeper picks the Seahawks can steal on Day Three of 2024 NFL Draft

Here are a few early guesses at who the Seahawks could select on day three of the NFL Draft.
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The Seattle Seahawks currently have five selections on Day Three of the NFL Draft. They have two fourth-round picks (102 and 118 overall), two sixth-round picks (179 and 192 overall), and one seventh-round pick (235 overall). John Schneider will be looking to make the most of Seattle's Day Three selections and will try to once again find diamonds in the rough. In his time as the Seahawks GM, Schneider has had success on the final day of the draft.

Early on in his career as the Seahawks' GM, John Schneider had several Day Three hits. Including taking four members of Seattle's LOB defense in both the 2010 and 2011 drafts. He has not had as much success in recent years but found a pair of hidden gems in punter Michael Dickson in 2018 and CB Riq Woolen in 2022.

Day Three of the draft is much trickier to spot talent, but Schneider's past success and finding contributors between rounds four and seven of the NFL Draft has been impressive. Here are some potential gems Schneider could find on Day Three of the 2024 draft.

Potential Seahawks Day Three sleeper pick No. 1 - DE Bralen Trice, Washington

Former Washington Huskies DE Bralen Trice had a nice finish to his final season at UW. Helping move him up draft boards and powering the Huskies' defense during their National Championship run. In 2023, Bralen Trice had seven sacks, 11.5 TFL, and 30 solo tackles. He is an intriguing edge rusher for the Seahawks to nab on day three of this year's draft. Trice is expected to be taken either late on day two or early on Day Three.

Would the Seahawks be interested in adding depth to their defensive line on Day Three with Trice?

The Seahawks have already used most of their draft capital the past two seasons on their defensive line. Selecting defensive ends Boye Mafe and Derick Hall in the second round of the 2022 and 2023 NFL Drafts. They also added edge rushers Uchenna Nwosu and Dre'Mont Jones in free agency the past two years, along with trading for defensive lineman Leonard Williams (by trading a second-round pick). Still, if Bralen Trice is available early in the fourth round when the Seahawks are on the clock, do not be surprised if they take him to add more depth to their defensive line.

Day Three sleeper pick No. 2 - LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson

With the Seahawks in search of adding a new young linebacker to replace Jordyn Brooks, the Seahawks could take Jeremiah Trotter Jr. early on day three of the draft. Even though the Seahawks did add two linebackers in free agency (Tyrel Dodson and Jerome Baker), they were only signed to one-year contracts. This means the Seahawks need to look to add linebackers in this year's draft. With only two picks between rounds one and three, the Seahawks may have to look for a linebacker on day three of the draft.

The case for the Seahawks to take Jeremiah Trotter Jr. at pick 102 on Day Three of the draft.

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. finished his career at Clemson with 13 sacks, four INTs, three forced fumbles, 29.5 TFL, and 113 solo tackles. Trotter's four interceptions and three force fumbles show he has a nose for the football. His ability to not only come up in the run game but also play against the pass also shows his versatility. The Seahawks certainly need to add linebackers in this year's draft and Trotter is an intriguing prospect for Seattle to consider if they do not want to use a ton of draft capital on one in this year's draft.

Day Three sleeper pick No. 3 - TE Jared Wiley, TCU

One of several tight end options for the Seahawks on day three, Jared Wiley is an interesting Day Three prospect. In his college career at both TCU and the University of Texas, Wiley finished with 1,013 yards receiving and 15 touchdown receptions, including eight touchdown catches in his senior year at TCU. Wiley is big and athletic, listed at 6'6" and 249 lbs, he is one of the biggest tight ends in the 2024 NFL Draft class. Coach Mike Macdonald has seen what big athletic tight ends, can do for a team after watching Isaiah Likely with the Ravens. Could Jared Wiley do the same for Macdonald in Seattle?

Why the Seahawks need to take a tight end in this year's draft.

The Seahawks need to take a tight end in this year's draft after Colby Parkinson left in free agency and they cut Will Dissly. Seattle did re-sign tight end Noah Fant to a 2yr/$21 million contract and signed free agent tight end Pharaoh Brown to a one-year $3.2 million contract. With only one tight end signed beyond 2024, the Seahawks likely need to select a tight end in this year's draft. Of the big tight ends in this year's draft, Jared Wiley is the best of them. After a strong senior year, the Seahawks should consider taking Wiley with their second pick on day two at 118th overall.

Some notable Day Three selections John Schneider has made as GM of the Seahawks

SS Kam Chancellor fifth-round pick 133 (2010)
LB K.J. Wright fourth-round pick 99th (2011)
CB Richard Sherman fifth-round pick 154 (2011)
LB Malcolm Smith seventh-round pick 242 (2011)
TE Luke Willson fifth-round pick 158 (2013)
RB Chris Carson seventh-round pick 249 ( 2017)
P Michael Dickson fifth-round pick 149 (2018)
CB Riq Woolen fifth-round pick 154 (2022)

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