Options At Pick No. 5, Bobby Wagner, Throwbacks & More
Ken Johnson of Naperville, Illinois asks, “How many total picks in the 2023 draft do the Hawks have and in what order?”
A: The league released its full draft order last month, and the Seahawks held 10 picks this year, including extra first and second rounds thanks to last year’s Russell Wilson trade. Here are all 10 picks:
Round 1, no. 5 overall (from Denver) Round 1, no. 20 overallRound 2, no. 37 overall (from Denver) Round 2, no. 52 overallRound 3, no. 83 overallRound 4, no. 123 in generalRound 5, no. 151 overall (from Pittsburgh) Round 5, No. 154 in generalRound 6, No. 198 overallRound 7, No. 237 in general
Issaquah’s Pranav Karthik asks, “Will the Seahawks trade or draft with their No. 5 overall pick?”
A: Yes. Will they trade up or pick at No. 5 overall… OK, clever answers aside, that’s a great question, and one that will no doubt have a lot to do with what happens with the Seahawks’ first four picks.
Knowing John Schneider, the Seahawks will at least be open to talking about the No. 5 pick, but to get back to the fact, the Seahawks need to find a willing partner and B. be satisfied that, if they move back, they’ll get a player they really like at their new spot in the draft.
Yes, the Seahawks have traded up a lot in past drafts, but they won’t do it just for the sake of adding picks. Last year, for example, the Seahawks rejected a trade offer at No. 9 before selecting Charles Cross because they didn’t want to risk losing an elite left tackle.
What makes a potential trade even more intriguing this year, however, is that the higher you go in the first round, the more valuable those picks become, so moving back even a few spots could yield quite a return. strong.
Meridian’s Jeffrey White asks, “With the addition of a center, two linebackers and two defensive linemen in free agency (great job by the way), it would draft more defensive players in the first round as well as a running back back to second. is that a good move?”
A: Given Seattle’s defensive inconsistencies, as well as Carroll’s comments about wanting to become more disruptive up front — not to mention the current lack of interior line depth — it’s not hard to envisions a scenario in which the Seahawks use at least some of their four first- and second-round picks on the defensive line. Running back could also make sense because as much as the Seahawks love Kenneth Walker III, they need more depth there after losing Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer in free agency.
But as fun as it is to speculate about draft scenarios this time of year, the beauty of the Seahawks’ 2023 draft cap is that they have many different options to address different needs. Yes, taking a pass rusher at No. 5 would be fantastic for the defense, but if, as we discussed in a previous question, they just want a quarterback and want to go that route, the Seahawks would still have three more picks inside. Top 52, including another first-rounder, to address defensive line or some other position group.