Trade continues to improve for the Seahawks.
For the first time since 2009, the Seahawks have a top five selection in the NFL Draft thanks to Russell Wilson’s blockbuster trade to Denver last year.
What GM John Schneider and the Seahawks will do with this #5 pick during the first round of the draft on April 27th will be the subject of much debate over the next three months.
Should they draft a future franchise quarterback?
Would they be better served by targeting the best defensive player available to fix an obvious area of need?
Or will Schneider surprise us all (again) and do something no one expected?
It should lead to an interesting buildup to one of the most anticipated draft picks the Seahawks have owned. Here’s a look at five prospects the Seahawks could target with the #5 pick:
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Why it’s a good fit for the Seahawks: He is a perfect fit for any team in need of a quarterback. The 2021 Heisman winner is generally regarded as the best in the class, and will almost certainly be out of the plate by the time the Seahawks pick No. 5. The only way the Seahawks can guarantee a chance at picking Young is by trading along Way up to No. 1. Will they? Well, that’s definitely not Schneider’s thing but we can’t completely rule it out either. Schneider was known to be smitten with Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen before they were drafted — and his infatuation turned out to be totally justified. Schneider probably feels the same about one of the best QBs in this class – Young, Will Levis, and/or CJ Stroud. Regardless of What the Seahawks decide with Geno Smiththey may never again have the kind of capital they have now to make a bold move in the draft and acquire a potential franchise QB.
Scout report: There isn’t really a clean comparison between Young. However, I see most similarities with young Drew Brees. Both guys lack ideal size, but they make up for it with superior handling and accuracy. I think Brees was a similar athlete at that point in his career. They are point guards. Pure. The ball comes out quickly and is excellently positioned.” — Daniel Jeremiah, NFL analyst
Galen Carter, DL, Georgia
Why it’s a good fit for the Seahawks: Carter was a defensive anchor who led Georgia to back-to-back national championships. A year ago, Georgia’s defense produced five first-round draft picks, and some scouts believe the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Carter is more talented than any of them. Seahawks need an overhaul of their defensive line – Overhaul — and Carter’s might be the perfect place to start.
Scout report: Carter is neck and neck with Quinn Williams for the best defensive tackle prospect we’ve rated in the PFF [since 2014]. Williams was a touch faster, while Carter was a bit stronger, but very close. Carter finished 2022 with an overall grade of 92.3 from the Power-Five-leading.” —Pro Football Focus
Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
Why it’s a good fit for the Seahawks: Anderson has had 27.5 sacks and 48 tackles for loss in the last two seasons for Alabama. In the NFC West, the Seahawks saw how devastating a generational passing game was — Nick Bosa of Team 49 – Maybe. And with the retirement of JJ Watt at Arizona State, several mock draft picks have already offered the Cardinals to pick Anderson with their third overall pick. The Seahawks would likely be edging out Arizona for a chance to recruit Anderson, but turn him away from a division rival. – and bring it to Seattle – it might be worth the price.
Scout report: “Reminds me of Von Miller. I realize that’s high praise but I got the same feeling as when I watched Anderson when I coached Miller coming out of Texas A&M in 2011. Both guys have really long arms. They understand how to set up blockers and finish. They’re devastating in the ass.” They’re against runs and play with a stellar effort. Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowl selector, bowls a little better than Anderson, but I’ll give Bama rusher the nod when it comes to pure power.” – Jeremiah
Miles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
Why it’s a good fit for the Seahawks: Murphy is another high rush rusher who is expected to be one of the most discussed prospects in the NFL. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Murphy reportedly has a 40-yard dash time in the range of 4.57 seconds, and can bench press 400 pounds. This kind of combination of speed and strength is rare. And if Schneider chooses to drop from fifth – something he won’t do – Murphy could be aiming for the bottom of the top ten.
Scout report: “Murphy is too awful to miss. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder is this year’s version of Travon Walker. Murphy could stand to add some quick passing moves, but he still has 76 pressures over the past two seasons.” – PFF
Brian Pressey, DT, Clemson
Why it’s a good fit for the Seahawks: Everything said above about Carter is also true here. The Seahawks need to reshape their D-line, and the best move is to rebuild it from the inside out. Bresee, at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, was the top high school draftee in the class of 2020, and could be another target around the 10th pick if Schneider tends to fall back.
Scout report: “For an inside linebacker, he’s got great athleticism and good speed. He uses his long arms to stack blockers while keeping his eyes in the background. … After suffering from a torn ACL in 2021, Pressey has become one to watch as a prospect who could make a draft stardom.” — CBS Sports NFL Draft Analyst Josh Edwards