With four picks in the first two rounds, including the No. 5 overall pick, the 2023 NFL draft is, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll put it, "an exciting opportunity" for the franchise.
And to celebrate that exciting opportunity of a draft the Seahawks will have a pair of draft week events, including one at Seattle's most iconic landmark, the Space Needle.
On Thursday, the Seahawks will host an exclusive event at the Space Needle where fans will take in incredible views of the city and surrounding areas while watching Round 1 of of the draft with stars from last year's draft class like Charles Cross, Coby Bryant and Kenneth Walker III, as well as Cliff Avril and other Seahawks Legends.
The 2023 Seahawks Draft Party, powered by Lumen, will be an invite-only event, but a group of lucky fans can win tickets to attend. Starting today through April 21, fans 21 and older can enter to win tickets to the event, courtesy of CarMax. Enter here.
"The excitement and opportunity the NFL Draft brings each year is unmatched, and we feel there's no better location to celebrate that buzz and energy than at the Space Needle, Seattle's most famous landmark," said Chuck Arnold, President, Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc. "Seattle is a special city with the NFL's greatest fan base. We can't wait to welcome our newest players together with the 12s in a big way."
For fans who don't win tickets to Thursday's event, another chance to celebrate this year's draft is on Friday, April 28 when a Day 2 Draft Party will take place at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. The 21-and-over event is open to the public and will run from 3:00-7:00 p.m. PT, with the second round of the draft beginning at 4 p.m. The 12s can join Seahawks Legends and team personalities, alongside Mascot Blitz, Seahawks Dancers, Blue Thunder and more. For more information, click here.
As things currently stand, the Seahawks hold three picks on Day 2, two in the second round (37 and 52 overall) and one in the third round (83 overall). The Seahawks currently hold 10 picks in this year's draft, and have two first-rounders for the first time since 2010, including the No. 5 overall pick, which was acquired in last year's trade that sent Russell Wilson to Denver, a deal that also gave Seattle the 37th overall pick in this year's draft, as well as first and second-round picks last year that were used to select left tackle Charles Cross and outside linebacker Boye Mafe.
"This draft capital, it's cool," general manager John Schneider said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Obviously it's really exciting picking fifth overall."
Said Carroll, "This is really an exciting opportunity for us. We have not been in this situation, we have not felt like this ever. So all of the build up to it has been exciting, and we're hoping to obviously max out everything we can with it. It's another competitive opp for us, and John and I have spent a ton of time already just kind of positioning and posturing where are heads are at and all that stuff. Even at such an early stage of gathering information, it's still really exciting. We know that the opportunity is something special, so we're looking forward to it and we'll see how it goes."
Fans can follow along with Seahawks draft action April 27-29 at Seahawks.com, or by following @Seahawks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
For more information, visit Seahawks.com/draft.
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