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3 Most Likely Seahawks Draft Targets at No. 9 Following Russell Wilson Trade

Max Staley
Three most likely players the Seahawks will draft at No. 9 overall after the Russell Wilson trade.
Three most likely players the Seahawks will draft at No. 9 overall after the Russell Wilson trade. / The Advertiser-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Russell Wilson era is over for the Seattle Seahawks. They've traded him to the Denver Broncos for a package that includes three players and a boatload of draft capital.

Russell Wilson Trade

Now holding the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, here are three players the Seahawks should target with their new first-round pick.

Seahawks NFL Draft

3. Tyler Lindenbaum, C, Iowa Hawkeyes

Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Iowa center Tyler Lindenbaum are widely considered to be the safest players in this class. And the idea of drafting a "sure thing" has to be really attractive to the Seahawks; Seattle can't afford to draft a bust with the best asset it got back in the Wilson deal. Plus, Seattle's 2021 starter Kyle Fuller graded out as the worst center in the league, per ProFootballFocus. Replacing Fuller with Lindenbaum instantly improves this team in the short term and finally gives Seattle a long-term building block on the OL. No. 9 is traditionally a little high for a center, but prospects like this don't come along very often. The Lindenbaum situation feels very similar to when Quenton Nelson went No. 6 overall as a guard. It's safe to say that pick paid off, and this one would too.

2. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue Boilermakers

Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson and Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux are the clear-cut best pass-rushers in the class. Neither will be there at No. 9. But Purdue's George Karlaftis should be available when the Seahawks are on the clock, and he's a lot closer to Hutchinson and Thibodeaux than many fans think. Karlaftis is a freak of nature who wins with both strength and speed, racking up 29.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks through three years at Purdue. He'd inject some life into a defensive front that sorely needs it. If Seattle wants to target edge rushers, Georgia's Travon Walker could be in the mix at No. 9 as well.

1. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU Tigers

Leaving a quarterback off this list might be a bit of a surprise, but Wilson had some well-known frustrations with Seattle's roster. Bringing a rookie QB into the same situation doesn't seem like the wisest move. Seattle should commit to rebuilding this roster before searching for its next franchise QB –especially since this is believed to be a weak QB class. Instead, Seattle could begin rebuilding its defense by selecting Derek Stingley Jr. Many seem to believe fellow CB Ahmad Gardner has surpassed the former LSU Tiger, but Stingley's injury history is the only reason Gardner is even in the conversation. The stuff Stingley put on tape in his only healthy collegiate season is undeniable. He racked up six interceptions and 15 passes defended in 2019, leading the SEC in both categories as a freshman. Stingley is also a two time first-team All-SEC selection and a national champion. Seattle should rush to the podium if Stingley is on the board at No. 9.

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