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Seahawks 2024 NFL Draft Grades

Analysts from around the league gave out draft grades for all 32 teams, here’s the grades the experts have given the Seahawks. 

Seahawks president of football operations/general manager John Schneider in the draft room on day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft on April 27, 2024.
Seahawks president of football operations/general manager John Schneider in the draft room on day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft on April 27, 2024.

The 2024 NFL Draft is all said and done, and head coach Mike Macdonald and president of football operations/general manager John Schneider have one draft together under their belt. Here's how experts graded the class:

"Byron Murphy II was always the pick for Seattle if available at No. 16 because of his ability to pressure quarterbacks and play the run. Christian Haynes will start as a rookie for the Seahawks due to his athleticism and toughness. Re-upping defensive lineman Leonard Williams paid off the second-round investment in that trade with the Giants.

Tyrice Knight is the strong tackler the Seahawks needed in the middle of their defense, though others like Jeremiah Trotter Jr. were available. AJ Barner is a reliable receiver and blocker who can replace Will Dissly. Nehemiah Pritchett should have been picked much earlier. Sataoa Laumea played well at tackle but projects as a power blocker at guard. No edge rushers were selected, so I suspect a couple top undrafted free agents will be signed."


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"Seattle focused primarily on the trenches in the first draft of the John Schneider/Mike Macdonald era. That strategy started with the selection of defensive tackle Byron Murphy II, an instant impact interior defender who plays with first-step quickness and immense strength to collapse the pocket.

"The Seahawks lacked a second-round pick (used to trade for Leonard Williams last season), but got great value in the third round with offensive guard Christian Haynes, a plug-and-play starter at a position of need. Seattle added a rangy linebacker in Tyrice Knight, a strong blocking tight end in AJ Barner, and a pair of potential depth linemen in Sataoa Laumea and Michael Jerrell on Day 3.

"Plus they grabbed two former teammates at Auburn who could compete for snaps in cornerbacks Nehemiah Pritchett and D.J. James. All in all, an unsexy but solid weekend for the Seahawks."

FOX Sports staff: Grade: B-

"First-round defensive tackle Byron Murphy II is a home-run pick — one of the top defensive players in the draft who should develop into a mainstay on Seattle's defense for the next decade.

"But Seattle had just two picks in the top 100 because of the Leonard Williams trade, making it tough to secure impact players. Connecticut offensive lineman Christian Haynes should fight for time along the starting offensive line. UTEP linebacker Tyrice Knight is a tackling machine and Michigan's AJ Barner has a chance to earn a role as a blocking tight end. But it appears these late-round picks are more developmental prospects who could take a few years to find roles for Seattle."

"Potential thievery with Texas DT Byron Murphy II, likely a linchpin of new HC Mike Macdonald's defense going forward, coming with the 16th pick.

"Third-round G Christian Haynes (Connecticut) addresses a desperate need on the other line. And good thing veteran DL Leonard Williams, acquired for this year's second-rounder at the 2023 trade deadline, decided to stick around and re-sign."

"Best Pick: It was their first pick, defensive tackle Byron Murphy II. He has the tools to be a dominant inside player. He will be a lot like Baltimore's Justin Madubuike for Seattle.

"The Skinny: Murphy will be a star, which will make this draft a hit down the road. But the rest of it was just OK for me. I do like third-round guard Christian Haynes, who fills a need."

"My mock draft choices for the Seahawks had gotten a little boring, I'll admit. I just kept giving them Troy Fautanu, the top-ranked guard and one of my favorite prospects in this class. Why? Because guard was their biggest need and because I couldn't find another spot for Fautanu above them at No. 16. The fit just made too much sense.

"But it's never that easy, is it? Seattle GM John Schneider passed on Fautanu and selected top-ranked defensive tackle Byron Murphy II (16) instead, trying to shore up a run defense that ranked 31st in rushing yards allowed per game (138.4) and 32nd in rushing first downs allowed (143). Murphy also can penetrate as an interior pass-rusher. I would have had a bigger problem with the choice if Schneider hadn't landed my third-ranked guard in Round 3, as Christian Haynes (81) could be an instant starter. These are two solid picks for the Seahawks.

Tight end AJ Barner (121) wasn't much of a pass-catcher in college, but he's a good blocker. The Seahawks took not one but two cornerbacks from Auburn on Day 3 in Nehemiah Pritchett (136) and D.J. James (192). I actually had James rated higher.

This is not the most glamorous draft Schneider has put together, but there is talent throughout."

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