Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft picks 2024: Grades, fits and scouting reports

The Seattle Seahawks entered the 2024 NFL Draft with seven picks over the three-day event, but only two on the first two days.

The Seahawks stayed put with their first pick, No. 16, taking the top interior defensive lineman in the draft in Texas’ Byron Murphy.

After trading a second-round pick for defensive tackle Leonard Williams at the deadline this past season, Seattle did not pick again until No. 81, where it filled a hole on the other side of the line of scrimmage with Connecticut guard Christian Haynes.

The Seahawks had the second pick of Round 4 but traded back with the Broncos, giving Nos. 102 and 235 for Nos. 121, 136 and 207. At No. 121, Seattle added UTEP linebacker Tyrice Knight. Three picks later, the Seahawks grabbed Michigan tight end AJ Barner.

With the first pick of Round 5, Seattle added depth at cornerback with Auburn’s Nehemiah Pritchett.

Keep coming back here throughout the draft for analysis and grades for each Seahawks pick.

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Round 1

No. 16: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

How he fits

Good things come to those who wait? Sure, we’ll go with that. The Seahawks have had a need right in the middle of their defense for what seems like several years now. And after an early run on quarterbacks and tackles pushed the top defenders down, Seattle hits a whopper by landing the top interior defensive lineman in this draft at No. 16.

Murphy, who can play nose or three-technique, is extremely powerful and explosive with a lethal punch at the point of attack. A smaller body in the Aaron Donald mold, Murphy is all gas off the line of scrimmage and his natural leverage makes him a bear to deal with inside. Some teams valued Murphy as a top 10 player in this draft. This is terrific value for new head coach Mike Macdonald. — Nick Baumgardner

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Murphy doesn’t have ideal length, but his rare combination of lower-body twitch, natural leverage and power throughout his frame sets his apart. With his disruptive energy, both as a pass rusher and versus the run, he projects as an impact starter who can play shaded nose or three-technique, similar to Grady Jarrett.

Grade: A

Michael-Shawn Dugar’s analysis: Why the Seahawks drafted Murphy

Round 2

None

Round 3

No. 81 (from Saints via Broncos): Christian Haynes, G, Connecticut

How he fits

This might wind up as a steal for the Seahawks, who are trying to fortify the interior of their offensive and defensive lines. One of the top offensive linemen for multiple years, Haynes opened 49 career games over four seasons as a right guard at UConn. Haynes (6-2 1/2, 317) was known for his physical play, power and leadership qualities. — Scott Dochterman

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Haynes doesn’t always play up to his testing numbers, but his play strength, football IQ and finishing mentality make him equipped for battle against NFL fronts. He has the floor of a high-level backup but should compete for starting reps at guard during his rookie season (similar to Kevin Dotson).

Grade: A-minus

Michael-Shawn Dugar’s analysis: Why the Seahawks drafted Haynes

Round 4

No. 118: Tyrice Knight, LB, UTEP

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Knight has some coverage limitations, but he is a rabid dog against the run, with the instincts and play personality that directly led to production. He has rosterable talent at the next level and is looking to become UTEP’s first defensive draft pick since 2008 (Quintin Demps).

No. 121 (from Dolphins via Broncos): AJ Barner, TE, Michigan

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Barner is lighter than ideal to be an every-down Y tight end and doesn’t have the resume of a playmaking receiver, but he is a solid athlete with pass-catching upside and the play personality to handle run-blocking duties. He can provide depth on an NFL roster as a flex tight end.

Round 5

No. 136 (from Panthers via Browns and Broncos): Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Pritchett needs to improve his tackling and downfield judgment skills, but his length, speed and football character are traits NFL teams want to bring into the building. He projects as a rotational cornerback for an NFL secondary.

Round 6

No. 179 (from Commanders)

No. 192

No. 207 (from 49ers via Broncos)

Round 7

No picks

(Photo of Nehemiah Pritchett: Vasha Hunt / USA Today)

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