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Seahawks Take Key Ravens-Style Player in ESPN Mock Draft

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With Mike Macdonald taking the helm as the Seattle Seahawks’ new head coach, fans can anticipate a significant defensive improvement in the upcoming season. ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller envisions Macdonald’s team selecting Texas defensive tackle Byron Murphy II with the No. 16 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, drawing comparisons to key Baltimore Ravens defender Justin Madubuike.

Miller points out Macdonald’s defensive-minded coaching background, having spent two years as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator and one season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Under his leadership, the Ravens’ defense ranked among the top in the league in both yards and points allowed.

In his Feb. 5 ESPN mock draft, Miller highlights Macdonald’s potential focus on building a formidable defense in Seattle, starting with the less glamorous position of defensive tackle. Miller notes that Macdonald molded Justin Madubuike into an All-Pro-caliber player with the Ravens, and he sees the opportunity for Macdonald to acquire another standout 3-technique in Murphy for the Seahawks.

Murphy, who played in Texas’ 3-3-5 scheme, showcased his power and burst as a pass-rusher, recording five sacks in 2023. Miller sees Murphy’s ceiling as incredibly high and believes he would excel in Macdonald’s defensive scheme.

While the focus on defensive tackle aligns with Macdonald’s coaching philosophy, Miller acknowledges the opportunity cost of not addressing other positions of need. The Seahawks, with only a first-round pick and no second-round pick due to the Leonard Williams trade, could consider edge rusher, interior offensive line, or even quarterback.

Despite the potential missed opportunities, Miller acknowledges Macdonald’s defensive expertise and suggests giving him the benefit of the doubt if he opts for Byron Murphy II in the draft.



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