The Seahawks added some needed interior defensive line depth with their second of two fourth-round picks, selecting Mississippi State nose tackle Cameron Young with the 123rd overall pick.
Young, who is 6-foot-3, 304 pounds, gives the Seahawks a big presence on a defensive line that, coming into the draft, was lacking healthy interior linemen. Al Woods, last year's starting nose tackle, was released in a salary-cap related move, as were defensive linemen Shelby Harris and Quinton Jefferson, while Poona Ford remains unsigned as a free agent.
Young hoped to end up in Seattle after spending time with the team during the pre-draft process.
"I think the Seahawks were one of my favorites," he said. "They've been talking to me throughout this whole process. I knew that was a place where I wanted to go. With them already having Mississippi State players already there, I think I'll fit in."
Young, who is from Crosby, Mississippi, started 25 games over the past two seasons. As a junior he recorded 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception and two pass breakups, and last season he had 37 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack.
He plans on bringing a tough attitude as well as versatility to the Seahawks defense.
"I like to describe myself as a dog," he said. "A guy that's very physical who loves to establish the line of scrimmage and stop the run. But I also got a little twist in there and can rush the passer.
"The plan, when I talked to the [defensive] line coach, he was saying that my position versatility gives me the opportunity to get some reps at the nose spot and also bump up to the [defensive] end spot and get some reps."
Take a look at photos of defensive tackle Cameron Young during his five years (redshirt freshman) at Mississippi State University. Young was selected by the Seahawks with the 123rd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.