American Football

Dueling seven-round mock drafts have the Seahawks taking the same player at No. 20


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 17 Louisiana Tech at Clemson
Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Two mock drafts, twenty picks, one article

I have reviewed / shared a number of mock drafts this year.

Today is the first time I’ve shared two.

At the same time.

Mock Draft #1 (MD1) comes to us from CBS Sports: Seven-round NFL Mock Draft 2023: Four QBs go inside top five; Cardinals decline trade offers, stay at No. 3 (4/21/2023)

Mock Draft #2 (MD2) comes to us from behind the ESPN+ paywall: 2023 NFL mock draft: Matt Miller’s seven-round predictions, picks (4/24/2023)

In my opinion, what’s interesting about these two mock drafts is the different approaches yet similar results.

Round 1, Pick 5

MD1: Florida QB Anthony Richardson

Seattle restarts the financial clock at quarterback with the selection of Anthony Richardson. He is afforded the time to grow and develop as a professional under the guidance of Geno Smith before being inserted into the starting role.

MD2: Georgia DT Jalen Carter

This is the best possible scenario for the Seahawks, with a player many scouts say is the best in this class falling to No. 5 overall. The Seahawks have done work on quarterbacks and have been connected to Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon, but Carter being available changes everything. His first-step quickness and interior pass-rush ability would be a big boost for the Seahawks.

FTR’s Take: My preference would be for Anthony Richardson.

Round 1, Pick 20

MD1: Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy

After taking Anthony Richardson No. 5 overall, Seattle adds an important piece to its defensive front. The Seahawks have Boye Mafe, Dre’Mont Jones and now Myles Murphy.

MD2: Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy

A source with knowledge of the Seahawks’ draft plans told me this week that the floor for Murphy is No. 20 — if the team doesn’t select a defensive end at No. 5. Murphy, who blazed a 4.51-second 40-yard dash while weighing 270 pounds at his pro day, would give Seattle’s defense the juice it needs coming off the edge. In a base 3-4 scheme, Murphy’s ability in space would be a welcome addition, but it’s his long-arm pass-rush move and power in the run game that would be the most immediate boost to the team. With Dre’Mont Jones signed in free agency and Jalen Carter projected at No. 5 overall, Seattle can remake the defensive line as it did with the offensive line in 2022.

FTR’s Take: Tough call as to who I would pick between these two . . .

Note: Both mock drafts have the Chargers taking Texas RB Bijan Robinson at #21 (which means I would be watching the rest of the draft on my phone after having broken my TV).

Round 2, Pick 37

MD1: Wisconsin Center Joe Tippmann

MD2: North Carolina WR Josh Downs

Star wide receiver Tyler Lockett will turn 31 this season and DK Metcalf has an out in his contract after the 2024 season. So the Seahawks could invest at receiver early in this draft. Downs, who dominated from the slot at North Carolina, has a similar build to Lockett at 5-9 and 171 pounds and wins consistently with short-area burst and agility. He is an expert route runner on choice and option plays.

FTR’s Take: Both! But, if I have to choose, I’m taking the wideout – for 2 reasons: (1) I think #37 is too high for Tippmann, and (2) my gut says that we’re going to need the wideout more this year (and beyond).

Round 2, Pick 52

MD1: North Carolina WR Josh Downs

MD2: TCU Guard/Center Steve Avila

Avila, who can play guard or center, could join 2022 rookies Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas to give Seattle a young trio on the line to build around at an affordable cost. Most scouts I’ve spoken to believe Avila will ultimately be better at center, which is where he slots in for the Seahawks (replacing Evan Brown). He is ready to play in the NFL right away.

FTR’s Take: Hey, look at that, both mock drafts have us selecting Josh Downs. Yay, us! I’m giving the nod to MD2 here though because I don’t think Downs will still be on the board at #52 and Miller (MD2) had the foresight to grab him at #37. Plus, as much as I like Joe Tippman, I really, really like Steve Avila.

Round 3, Pick 83

MD1: South Carolina DT Zacch Pickens

MD2: Miami (FL) CB Tyrique Stevenson

The Seahawks struck gold with Tariq Woolen in Round 5 last year, and they nab another talented, traits-rich cornerback here. The 6-foot, 198-pound Stevenson had the best Senior Bowl week of any cornerback, and he is a physical and menacing press-coverage man.

FTR’s Take: Zacch Pickens, baby! I actually like both players, but I think DT is the bigger need so Pickens gets the nod over Stevenson.

Round 4, Pick 123

MD1: UAB RB DeWayne McBride

MD2: UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson

FTR’s Take: I like DRT, but I like McBride a whole lot more. He had the 15th-most carries last year (233) but finished with the 3rd-most rushing touchdowns (19), the 3rd-most yards per carry (7.4), and his 1,713 rushing yards were a mere 17 yards behind the nation’s top rusher. There’s one other stat to share though: McBride had 5 fumbles in 2022 (4 lost). If he can clean that up, he would make a good addition to our running back room; if not . . . then not.

Round 5, Pick 151

MD1: Oregon State CB Rejzohn Wright

MD2: Coastal Carolina DT Jerrod Clark

FTR’s Take: Even having selected the DT over the CB in Round 4, I’m going with Jarrod Clark here. Why? Because we have zero Nose Tackles on our roster right now and at 6-4, 334, Clark is a large, gap-filling dude.

Round 5, Pick 154

MD1: Minnesota S Jordan Howden

MD2: Stanford CB Kyu Blu Kelly

FTR’s Take: I took the DT over the CB twice previously so I’m giving the nod to MD2 and Kyu Blu Kelly here. Besides, how fun would it be to hear Kyu Blu’s name called out every time he makes a play?

Note: I would never, ever refer to him by his last name; it’s Kyu Blu all the time!

Round 6, Pick 198

MD1: TCU LB Dee Winters

MD2: Georgia OT Warren McClendon

FTR’s Take: I feel like we need a Day 3 linebacker more than we need a Day 3 offensive tackle, especially since Nick Bellore is the only LB on the team who’s currently signed past this season. As a bonus, Winters was the CFP Semifinal Defensive MVP in 2022, and finished his TCU career with 12-1/2 sacks, 10 PBUs, and 3 INTs.

Round 7, Pick 237

MD1: UCLA IOL Atonio Mafi

MD2: USC RB Travis Dye

FTR’s Take: Hating that MD2 waited until Round 7 to select a running back. K9 and DeeJay are not impressed. More to the point though, I suspect that Atonio Mafi would have a bigger impact than Travis Dye (not that I would expect much impact from either of the seventh-round picks).

Summary & Comparison

Here is each of the draft classes, listed by position:

MD1’s Draft Class

  • CB Rejzohn Wright (R5.151)
  • DT Zacch Pickens (R3.83)
  • EDGE Myles Murphy (R1.20)
  • IOL Atonio Mafi (R7.237)
  • LB Dee Winters (R6.198)
  • OC Joe Tippman (R2.37)
  • QB Anthony Richardson (R1.05)
  • RB DeWayne McBride (R4.123)
  • S Jordan Howden (R5.154)
  • WR Josh Downs (R2.52)


MD2’s Draft Class

  • CB Kyu Blu Kelly (R5.154)
  • CB Tyrique Stevenson (R3.83)
  • DT Jalen Carter (R1.05)
  • DT Jerrod Clark (R5.151)
  • EDGE Myles Murphy (R1.20)
  • OC/OG Steve Avila (R2.52)
  • OT Warren McClendon (R6.198)
  • QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (R4.123)
  • RB Travis Dye (R7.237)
  • WR Josh Downs (R2.37)


As we can see, both mock drafts resulted in the Seahawks selecting

  • At least 1 cornerback
  • At least 1 defensive tackle
  • The same EDGE (Myles Murphy)
  • Two offensive linemen
  • A quarterback
  • A running back
  • The same wide receiver (Josh Downs)

The differences were:

  • MD1 took one CB and one DT whereas MD2 took two of each
  • MD1 took a linebacker and a safety with his “extra” picks


For giggles, here’s my pick-and-choose-between-them draft class:

  • QB Anthony Richardson (R1.05)
  • EDGE Myles Murphy (R1.20)
  • WR Josh Downs (R2.37)
  • OC/OG Steve Avila (R2.52)
  • DT Zacch Pickens (R3.83)
  • RB DeWayne McBride (R4.123)
  • DT Jerrod Clark (R5.151)
  • CB Kyu Blu Kelly (R5.154)
  • LB Dee Winters (R6.198)
  • IOL Atonio Mati (R7.237)

Net result: one CB, two DTs, one EDGE, one LB, two OLs, one QB, one RB, and one WR.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’d be “fine” with either draft.

If I were to pick one over the other, I’d give the nod to MD1 – for three reasons:

  1. I would choose Anthony Richardson over Jalen Carter. Every. Single. Time.
  2. DeWayne McBride in Round 4 is vastly superior to Travis Dye in Round 7 – especially when considering that we only have two RBs on the roster right now.
  3. MD1 seems like it gives Seattle a higher ceiling overall.


Go Hawks!

You must be logged in to post a comment Login