Day 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft is all wrapped up, and the Seattle Seahawks came away from the evening with no players along the defensive line as many had anticipated, but they did focus on the passing game with their two selections.
For the first time since 2006, the Seahawks took a cornerback in Round 1. Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon was the first DB off the board and second defensive player behind Will Anderson Jr. This is the fourth year in a row that the Seahawks have not traded down from their top pick. At No. 5, Witherspoon is the highest corner selected by Seattle since Shawn Springs in 1997.
Then we fast forward to No. 20 and the Seahawks grab wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, part of that “Earth, Wind, and Fire” trio at Ohio State. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson were fantastic in their respective rookie seasons, and Smith-Njigba now joins the defensive ranks. JSN was the first WR taken in the draft.
In the wider NFL scope, the Carolina Panthers took Bryce Young with the top pick, the Houston Texans not only landed C.J. Stroud at No. 2, but traded up to No. 3 to nab Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. Any dreams of Anthony Richardson to the Seahawks were dashed when the Colts swooped in.
Bijan Robinson went No. 8 overall to the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia’s Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith are now Philadelphia Eagles, while the Detroit Lions surprisingly selected Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs at No. 12.
Seattle inspired a run on receivers when Quentin Johnson, Zay Flowers, and Jordan Addison all immediately got chosen by the Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings respectively. Dalton Kincaid was the only tight end taken in Round 1, going to the Buffalo Bills at No. 25.
Quarterbacks Will Levis and Hendon Hooker are still waiting for selection.
We resume the NFL Draft on Friday with Rounds 2-3 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN/ABC/NFL Network.
Round 1 results
1) Carolina Panthers (from Chicago) - Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
2) Houston Texans - C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
3) Houston Texans (from Arizona Cardinals) - Will Anderson Jr, EDGE, Alabama
4) Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
5) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) - Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
6) Arizona Cardinals (from Detroit Lions via L.A. Rams) - Paris Johnson, OL, Ohio State
7) Las Vegas Raiders - Tyree Wilson, DL, Texas Tech
8) Atlanta Falcons - Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
9) Philadelphia Eagles (from Chicago Bears via Carolina) - Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
10) Chicago Bears (from Philadelphia Eagles via New Orleans) - Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
11) Tennessee Titans - Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
12) Detroit Lions (from ARI via HOU and CLE) - Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
13) Green Bay Packers (from N.Y. Jets) - Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa
14) Pittsburgh Steelers (from New England Patriots) - Broderick Jones, OL, Georgia
15) New York Jets (from Green Bay) - Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
16) Washington Commanders - Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
17) New England Patriots (from Pittsburgh Steelers) - Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
18) Detroit Lions - Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Calijah Kancey, DE, Pittsburgh
20) Seattle Seahawks - Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
21) Los Angeles Chargers - Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
22) Baltimore Ravens - Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
23) Minnesota Vikings - Jordan Addison, WR, USC
24) New York Giants (from Jacksonville Jaguars) - Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
25) Buffalo Bills (from Jacksonville Jaguars via NY Giants) - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
26) Dallas Cowboys - Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
27) Jacksonville Jaguars (from Buffalo Bills) - Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
28) Cincinnati Bengals - Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
29) New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver) - Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
30) Philadelphia Eagles - Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
31) Kansas City Chiefs - Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Remaining Seahawks Draft Picks
Round 2, No. 37:
Round 2, No. 52:
Round 3, No. 83:
Round 4, No. 123:
Round 5, No. 151:
Round 5, No. 154:
Round 6, No. 198:
Round 7, No. 237: