The Seattle Seahawks continue to use their picks instead of trade down, landing Auburn EDGE Derick Hall with the No. 37 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. Hall was a Senior Bowl participant, so he’s the first Senior Bowl player taken by Seattle this year, and you can expect more by the time the draft concludes.
Hall was All-SEC Second-Team in 2021 and upgraded to First-Team in 2022 on what was otherwise a bad Tigers team. He racked up 19.5 sacks in his final three seasons in college, and was generally projected to go either in Round 2 or Round 3.
Seattle again does not go with an interior defensive line player, even though it looks like the most glaring need from the current roster. They do need to improve their pass rush and run defense, and Hall could be someone with the versatility to handle both.
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
I like this— AngryMom (@ItsAngryMom) April 28, 2023
oh wow the Seahawks reached on a guy who was at the Senior Bowl i'm shocked. pic.twitter.com/kgY0RJrzSe— John P Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) April 28, 2023
Glad I added this. Derick Hall is another player who exactly fits the character fit for this team. Alpha, high character. Then the traits are 100% #Seahawks -- long arms, 1.55 10-yard split, 4.20 shuttle. Will be a major, major locker room presence. https://t.co/8WgUheSNhV— Rob Staton (@robstaton) April 28, 2023
Could have gotten this next pick. What a reach!— RobberyDR (@MNSeahawkFan) April 28, 2023
Great character and lots of pressures in the SEC. Can’t say I’m blown away but it’s a solid pick— Michael Haworth (@mrvulture88) April 28, 2023
Derick Hall was #43 on my big board, so not much below pick #37. Power rusher with disruptive tendencies against the run.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) April 28, 2023
Love it. Pete’s type of hybrid player— Terry (@tfish65) April 28, 2023
thought Hall was more of a 3rd rounder but he's one of the true edges that are north of 250 and/or not 25 years old. he's fluid, strong, coordinated, skilled but i didnt think he played as explosive as his combine but will revisit— Francis Ford Cope-ola (@cmikesspinmove) April 28, 2023
Let’s Work D Hall!!!!!!!!!!!— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) April 28, 2023
No. 37: Seattle selects Auburn EDGE Derick Hall— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 28, 2023
"Hall is a long and violent player who looks to run through opposing linemen, not around them. In Seattle, he can help improve their porous run defense."https://t.co/gR72e7e4cy pic.twitter.com/cd4glrqJuZ
Seattle may have found a new Chris Clemons. Hall is relentless, long and strong. If your coverage is good this kid will pile up the sacks.— Lord Adorable (@DarthKripple) April 28, 2023