Seahawks Draft: The state of their top four picks in 2023

Dec 25, 2022, 6:08 PM | Updated: 6:14 pm
Seahawks Pete Carroll Russell Wilson...
Broncos QB Russell Wilson and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll shake hands on Sept. 12, 2022. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images)

Here’s something you don’t hear very often around the holidays: the Seahawks are still in play for both the postseason and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Rost: Why the Seahawks are down but not out

While the Seahawks (7-8) have stumbled to five losses in their last six games, they could still finish the season with a 9-8 record, which might be enough for one of the NFC’s seven playoff berths depending on how things shake out with a few other teams in the conference.

As for the second part, Seattle’s final record probably isn’t going to result in a top 10 pick (though that also is still possible), but the second of two first-round selections it received from Denver in the Russell Wilson trade last spring definitely will land there. And yes, with two weeks left in the regular season, there is still a possibility that can become the first No. 1 overall pick in Seahawks history.

It sure doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility now following a calamitous 51-14 loss for Wilson and the Broncos on Christmas to the Los Angeles Rams (5-10), another team that has been near the bottom of the NFL all season. At 4-11, Denver is ahead of only Houston (2-12-1) and Chicago (3-12), and Broncos losses in their last two games – which are against the Chiefs and Chargers, the top two teams in the AFC West – could result in them falling completely into the cellar.

Regardless of if that happens, one thing is for sure, which is that the Seahawks’ future is looking bright no matter how they end the season. That’s because in addition to the first-rounder from Denver, Seattle also owns the Broncos’ second-round selection, giving the Hawks a rare four picks in the first two rounds, two of which should be at least in the top 20 overall.

Here’s a look at where Seattle’s four picks in the top two rounds stand and what’s still to come following Week 16 of the NFL season.

Seahawks’ first four 2023 NFL Draft picks

First round

No. 3 (from Denver)
No. 12

Second round

No. 34 (from Denver)
No. 49

What’s left this season

Seahawks (games air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM)

Jan. 1: Seattle vs. New York Jets (7-8), 1:05 p.m.
Jan. 8: Seattle vs. Los Angeles Rams (5-10), time TBD


Jan. 1: Denver at Kansas City (12-3), 10 a.m.
Jan. 8: Denver vs. Los Angeles Chargers (8-6), time TBD

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