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2024 Mock Draft Tracker 7.0: What Will The Seahawks Do With Pick No. 16?

Taking a look at what the experts think Seattle may do in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Mock Draft Tracker 7.0

NFL coaches and general managers wrapped up their time at the 2024 NFL Combine on Sunday where they got to meet with and watch prospects. And ahead of free agency, the Seahawks released three veteran players on Tuesday. Here are what the experts believe the Seahawks will do with pick No.16 in April's draft.

16. Laiatu Latu, Edge, UCLA

The Seahawks bolster their young defensive line with an exciting player here, adding a tenacious and high-motor pass rusher in Latu. The former UCLA star exceeded my expectations with a solid 4.64-second mark in the 40-yard dash, easing some concerns scouts have about his overall athleticism. Latu is plenty twitchy, but he wins with extraordinarily refined hand use, consistently keeping opponents off his frame so he can shoot into the pocket. He's another productive defender for coach Mike Macdonald to deploy in Seattle's new-look defense.

16. Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

The Seahawks could use a pass rusher here -- and Laiatu Latu's still available -- but they are in trouble on the offensive line. Seattle might need to draft a talented young tackle and kick a starter inside to guard to help shore up some of its issues.

Projected trade: Seahawks trade down with the Buffalo Bills

28. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

When asked in recent weeks, the Seahawks haven't issued a full-throated long-term endorsement of Geno Smith ... but they didn't do it a year ago either, and Smith went on to have another spectacular season. But if the team loves one of the QBs in this class, everything's on the table. I've long thought Michael Penix Jr. played like a first-rounder during the 2023 season, and he looked sharp during combine drills, too. The injury history is a concern, yes, but in this mock draft, the Seahawks trade down, acquire picks, and get Penix Jr. on the fifth-year option.

16. Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

The Seahawks snap up a premium pass-rusher who fell further than expected.

 16. Byron Murphy II, DL, Texas

The biggest difference between the beginning of Macdonald and Carroll's tenures is the Seahawks already have an established quarterback who's not necessarily on his way out. Could Seattle try to upgrade? Sure. But the roster does feature a strong offensive core.

The other side of the ball isn't as secure.

16. Darius Robinson, DL, Missouri

This might seem like a surprise, but ever since the Senior Bowl, Robinson has been trending upward. New Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald brings in a scheme that requires explosive, powerful and versatile edge players, and those traits describe Robinson. At 6-5 and 285 pounds, he's a physical run defender with mature, heavy hands and a consistent pass-rusher who finished with 8.5 sacks last season. Robinson reminds me of Keion White thanks to his disruptiveness and ability to align at any technique upfront.

Projected trade: Steelers send No. 20 and No. 84 to the Seahawks for No. 16 and No. 151

20. Jackson Powers-Johnson, OL, Oregon

Since John Schneider took over as Seahawks general manager, 40 percent of his first-round picks have been offensive linemen. You could argue that center has never been a position he has targeted early in the draft, but Powers-Johnson has true center-guard versatility and the talent to quickly become the top offensive lineman on the roster.

Seahawks scouts at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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