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2023 Mock Draft Tracker 2.0: What Will The Seahawks Do With Picks No. 5 and No. 20?

Taking a look at what the experts feel Seattle may do in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.


In a move to secure a budding offensive line, the Seahawks extended guard Phil Haynes on Tuesday. As the team navigates contract extensions while also prepping for the draft, local and national experts type away at mock drafts predicting the 2023 NFL Draft. Ahead of April’s draft, Seattle possesses 10 picks - including two first rounders. As part of the blockbuster trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, Seattle received five draft picks. With Denver's 2022 first and second round picks, the Seahawks selected tackle Charles Cross and defensive end Boye Mafe respectively. The 2022 fifth-round pick from Denver included in the trade was flipped into the selections of linebacker Tyreke Smith and wideout Dareke Young. Now, Seattle heads into April's draft with the No. 5 pick, courtesy of the Broncos - and pick No. 20.

Seattle could very well move up, down or stay at No. 5, making their highest selection since 2009.

​​With that in mind, it's time to take a look at what some of the draft experts think the Seahawks might do with those two first-round picks:


No. 9: Calijah Kancey, defensive tackle, PITT after projected trade with Carolina.

Trapasso: The Seahawks were fine giving Poona Ford an opportunity inside as an undersized defensive tackle, so they could gravitate toward the smaller but enormously explosive and productive Kancey. Seattle lands both of Carolina's second-round picks (No. 62 and No. 94) in this deal.

No. 20: John Michael Schmitz, offensive lineman, Minnesota

Trapasso: The Seahawks are in need of better interior offensive line play, and Schmitz is a squeaky clean center prospect with loads of experience. He'll be ready to go from Day 1.

No. 5: Will Anderson, edge, Alabama

Jeremiah: Yes, this would indeed be a steal for the Seahawks. Anderson teams up with Uchenna Nwosu to give Seattle two explosive edge rushers.

No. 20: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, wide receiver, Ohio State

Reuter: Seattle adds another weapon to complement Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Smith-Njigba is a pure route runner and will be a high-volume target.


No. 5: Will Levis, quarterback, Kentucky

Edwards: When will the Seahawks have another opportunity to take a potential franchise quarterback this early? They exceed expectations most years. Will Levis could sit behind Geno Smith and learn at his own pace.

No. 20: Jordan Addison, wide receiver, USC

Edwards: Seattle has other needs, but it is a victim of the board. The Seahawks are planning for the present and the future with the selections of Will Levis and Jordan Addison.


No. 5: Will Anderson, edge, Alabama

Sanchez: Many NFL fans were surprised that a team led by Geno Smith and a bunch of rookies was very competitive this season. I believe that the Seahawks continue to add youth and add potentially the best player in this year's draft, Will Anderson Jr. Pete Carroll appreciates defense and Anderson's character and play style will fit right in with the kind of culture Pete Carroll is trying to foster.

No. 20: Anthony Richardson, quarterback, Florida

This is a classic Pete Carroll pick, taking the QB with high upside that he feels that he can mold into exactly what he needs. Anthony Richardson may have the best tools of any quarterback in the draft and this skill set would be too intriguing for Carroll to pass up to start transitioning into the future at the quarterback position.


No. 5: Tyree Wilson, edge, Texas Tech

Dvorchak: Barring a surprising Will Levis selection by one of the QB-needy teams ahead of Seattle, it's hard to see any other combination of players having their names called in the first four picks. The Seahawks' needs depend entirely upon what they do with Geno Smith, who is a free agent. If he is brought back (I think he will be), the Seahawks are likely zeroed in on a pass-rusher here.

No. 20: O'Cyrus Torrence, offensive lineman, Florida

Dvorchak: The Seahawks spent the 2022 draft upgrading their tackles. This time around they will get the chance to improve the interior of their offensive line. Torrence is almost unanimously considered the best interior offensive line prospect this year.

No. 9: Tyree Wilson, edge, Texas Tech after projected trade with Carolina.

Dugar: The Panthers give up pick No. 61 (acquired in the Christian McCaffrey trade), a fifth-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick to jump ahead of Detroit, Las Vegas and Atlanta, three teams without long-term solutions at quarterback. The Panthers end up drafting Will Levis, the third quarterback off the board.

Wilson (6-6, 270) makes sense for the Seahawks in that he's a long, strong, physical edge defender. Those traits should translate to a productive run stopper and a power rusher on third downs. His length and skill set feel similar to what Carlos Dunlap brought to the Seahawks in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Dunlap used his long arms to record 10 total passes batted at the line in those two seasons, third-most among all defenders. That came in handy in Week 13 of the 2021 season, when he swatted what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass for the 49ers on fourth-and-goal. Dunlap was also adept at bull-rushing defenders for sacks, which he did on a game-ending fourth-and-10 takedown of Arizona's Kyler Murray in Week 11 of the 2020 season.

No. 20: O'Cyrus Torrence, offensive lineman, Florida

Dugar: The Seahawks need to upgrade their interior offensive line. Veteran right guard Gabe Jackson is under contract through 2023, but he was essentially a part-time starter in 2022 and would save Seattle $6.5 million if released. Phil Haynes, Seattle's other starter at right guard, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Moving on from Jackson would create an even more urgent need for a starting-caliber lineman like Torrence, an All-American guard who was rock solid in pass protection. At 6-5, 337 pounds, Seattle may no longer have to worry about its guards being walked back into the quarterback in obvious passing situations, a common occurrence in recent seasons. The Seahawks had the same issue in the run game last year, but if Torrence's play at the Senior Bowl was any indication, he'll be an upgrade in both facets of the game.

No. 30: Zay Flowers, wide receiver, Boston College after projected trade with Philadelphia.

Dugar: Yes, another trade. Because of the trade with Carolina, Seattle would have three second-round picks and three fifth-round picks. This gives the Seahawks the luxury to package pick No. 37, a fourth and one of those fifths for a slot receiver before the end of Day 1. Flowers (5-9, 182) might not fall this far, but if he does, the Seahawks could use someone with his quickness. When Flowers has the ball in his hands, he can juke defenders and accelerate to create yards after the catch, making life easier for his offense. The Seahawks have been one of the worst yards-after-catch teams in the league for years, and their loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round of the playoffs demonstrated just how valuable that skill set can be.

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