2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #3

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Jalen Carter



The Seahawks continue to move toward the top of the draft with this pick courtesy of the Denver Broncos, who have not been able to win much with Russell Wilson at QB. This mock shows the 'Hawks passing on Alabama QB Bryce Young to shore up the defense. We've discussed the mitigating circumstances surrounding incumbent QB Geno Smith in previous mocks. First, if you've got a QB playing like a franchise QB, it it unwise to draft an untested franchise-caliber QB if one presents himself. Geno Smith continues to shine in his most unlikely of breakout seasons. He's top-10 in most major statisitcal categories (TDs, yardage, PFF grade), and leading the league in completion percentage at 72.5%.

The problem of course is that Smith is not under contract beyond this season, and will require a 10X increase of his current $3M salary for GM Schneider and HC Carroll to retain his services. Truth is we're not sure what Seahawks' management will ultimately do, but for now we're assuming that Smith will be re-signed in the place where he is familiar, and he's seen his only NFL success.

This will allow Schneider to beef up the anemic defensive line, one that allowed the doormat Raiders to romp for 40 carries and 283 yards (a 7.1 ypc clip) in Week 12. The Seahawks allow 388 yards per game (30th in the NFL), and 153 ypg on the ground (29th) in the 2022 Season. Adding two top end defenders in RD1 when the team already features an offense stacked with quality skill players only makes sense.

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