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3 players the Seahawks should avoid in the 2024 NFL Draft

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If the Seahawks make smart decisions in the 2024 NFL Draft, they could make some noise in the NFC West. But they should avoid these three players.

The Seattle Seahawks have been a franchise in major transition over the past few seasons. In 2022, the team was dealing with life after Russell Wilson and found a new signal caller in Geno Smith. The Seahawks played well in 2023, but not well enough to make the playoffs. Ultimately, that cost longtime head coach Pete Carroll his job when he was replaced by Mike Macdonald.

Seattle still faces the formidable San Francisco 49ers in their division, but is otherwise still in the hunt for an NFC wild card spot every year. An impressive showing in this week’s NFL Draft could be the first step toward creating a new Seahawks dynasty.

The Seattle Seahawks have the following picks in the 2024 NFL Draft:

  • First Round: (#16 overall)
  • Third round: (#81 overall) via New Orleans via Denver
  • Fourth Round: (#102 overall) via Washington
  • Fourth Round: (#118 overall)
  • Sixth Round: (#179 overall) via Washington
  • Sixth Round: (#192 overall)
  • Seventh Round: (#235 overall)

If Seattle can get its pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, they could put themselves back in the wild card picture in the NFC. But not just anyone will do that. Below are three players the Seahawks would be wise to avoid in the upcoming draft.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald speaks to the media during the annual NFL league meetings at the JW Marriott.
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Quinyon Mitchell – CB – Toledo

Make no mistake: Quinyon Mitchell is an impressive prospect. He and Alabama’s Terrion Arnold are widely considered the best cornerbacks in the draft and deserve a high pick in the first round. The reason why Seattle should avoid Mitchell is because they are not looking for a top cornerback.

Seattle spent the fifth overall pick on Devon Witherspoon last year. They also stole Riq Woolen in the fifth round in 2022, giving them a nice pair of young cornerbacks to build around. Secondary play is important in the modern NFL, but investing the 16th overall pick in a player who may or may not start in year one may not be the best move. Especially when there are other positions on the roster where the Seahawks have serious needs.

Amarius Mims – T – Georgia

Amarius Mims is a crazy athlete who is literally built differently than everyone else. He was 6 feet tall and weighed 340 pounds, with arms measuring just over 14 inches. Mims is somewhat lacking in experience, but his value is backed up by his absurdly high upside. This alone makes him an intriguing option for teams in need of an offensive lineman, especially those confident enough to believe they can mold him into whatever they want. However, Mims would not be a good choice for the Seahawks. Seattle is in dire need of interior offensive linemen, and Mims only plans to play as a tackle at the NFL level. The Seahawks would be a better fit for local products like Taliese Fuaga from Oregon State or Troy Fautanu from the University of Washington.

Darius Robinson – DE – Missouri

Darius Robinson is a versatile defensive lineman who can stand on the edge and punt inside. Robinson is expected to be long gone in the third round, meaning Seattle would have to spend its first-round pick to acquire him. Selecting Robinson 16th overall would only be a reach because this is a loaded class of pass rushers and edge defenders, so using such a high pick on a versatile tweener like Robinson doesn’t seem like an optimal move are. If the Seahawks decide that pass rusher is a major need, their best bet would be to select the best player available at pick 16. They could also draft a talented offensive lineman and invest deeply in the edge defender in the middle rounds.