June 23, 2024

Fans of the Seattle Seahawks will undoubtedly be interested in this mock draft.

To add a little spice, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter offers a three-round mock draft that includes trades. In this hypothetical scenario, the Seahawks trade one of their third-round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles to move down from No. 16 overall to No. 22. Jackson Powers-Johnson, an Oregon center, is selected by Philly to replace Jason Kelce, while Jer’Zhan Newton, an Illinois defensive tackle, is selected by the Seahawks to rejoin Devon Witherspoon.

The brief synopsis:

Leonard Williams was acquired by the Seahawks in exchange for second- and fifth-round picks, but they haven’t signed him for 2024 or later. Newton fits with Mike Macdonald‘s strategy as the new head coach if that never happens.

Newton, who is 6’2 and 295 pounds (pending combine results), recorded 7.5 sacks in 2023 to earn consensus All-American status. In his scouting report from last October, Windy City Gridiron draft analyst Jacob Infante said the following:

Out of the 3-technique defensive tackle alignment, Newton possesses the athleticism and explosive motor you want in a pass-rushing specialist.

At his position, he is a top athlete, and his raw speed and acceleration are frequently seen on video. His hand action is remarkable in terms of effort and block-shedding expertise. Newton is a smart defender with good gap awareness against the run, and his inherent leverage advantage helps him at the line of scrimmage.

Despite his slight build and short stature, Newton can dominate a game and might have a significant impact on three downs in the NFL. He might very well be the best defense available in the 2024 NFL Draft, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him chosen in the first ten picks.

He should be selected in the first round, in my opinion!

In this deal, the Seahawks acquire a second-round pick from the Eagles, selecting Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. at No. 50 overall. Under these conditions, Penix, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy competition the previous season, would rejoin Ryan Grubb, his offensive coordinator.

Linebacker Jordan Colson of Michigan would be selected by the Seahawks with pick No. 81. Being a free agent like Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks makes things very unpredictable at the position, but Colson would provide some new blood. While we’ll have more time to examine Colson’s game, it’s important to remember that Mike Macdonald oversaw Colson’s defensive coordinator duties during his one season at Michigan.

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