Bleacher Nation NFL 2023 Mock Draft: Seahawks Go D-Line Again
The Bleacher Nation NFL 2023 Mock Draft will be a running mock draft that spans between now and round one of the NFL Draft. Each of the 31 picks (Miami forfeited their first-round pick due to tampering) will get a dedicated post. Here’s how it’ll work:
- Every pick in the Mock Draft gets its own post. We will do one or two picks per day.
- We will link back to previous posts with a running draft recap.
- This feature will not include trades and will cover the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Seahawks are on the clock in the Bleacher Nation NFL Mock Draft …
The Pick Is In
EDGE Lukas Van Ness — Iowa
I had the Seahawks adding to the defensive line with the Jalen Carter selection at No. 5, and I have them going back to the well here at No. 20 and selecting Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness with their second pick in the first round of the draft.
Despite not starting a game for the Hawkeyes, the redshirt sophomore racked up 13.0 sacks and 19.0 tackles for a loss in 26 games. Van Ness played all over the defensive line. He got more looks as an edge defender in 2022, collecting 46 total pressures on the season.
Van Ness possesses top-tier size, length, and strength, making him a load for any offensive lineman to handle. He ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine (74th percentile) and owns a quick first step that he uses as the foundation for his ball rush.
He has a thunderous punch and is a relentless hand-fighter. His arms are like a forklift for an offensive lineman. In Iowa’s matchup with Ohio State, Van Ness lifted and drove Paris Johnson Jr. into C.J. Stroud and battled well with the consensus best tackle in the draft.
Final Thoughts: Dre’Mont Jones, Jalen Carter, and Lukas Van Ness would create a ferocious trio in the Seahawks’ 3-4 defense. Seattle has Geno Smith locked up and has D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Kenneth Walker III on offense. Adding two high-upside first-rounders on the defensive line makes that defense look good.
Bleacher Nation’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft
- Carolina Panthers (via CHI) — QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
- Houston Texans — QB Bryce Young, Alabama
- Arizona Cardinals — EDGE Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
- Indianapolis Colts — QB Anthony Richardson, Florida
- Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) — DT Jalen Carter, Georgia
- Detroit Lions (via LAR) — EDGE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
- Las Vegas Raiders — QB Will Levis, Kentucky
- Atlanta Falcons — EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson
- Chicago Bears (via CAR) — CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
- Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) — DT Calijah Kancey, Pitt
- Tennessee Titans — T Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
- Houston Texans (via CLE) — WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
- New York Jets — T Broderick Jones, Georgia
- New England Patriots — CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
- Green Bay Packers — TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah
- Washington Commanders — CB Deonte Banks, Maryland
- Pittsburgh Steelers — CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
- Detroit Lions — CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — S Brian Branch, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks — EDGE Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Baltimore Ravens
- Minnesota Vikings
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- New York Giants
- Dallas Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
- New Orleans Saints (via SF)
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Kansas City Chiefs