What makes Seahawks rookie Byron Murphy II a compelling pick in the 2024 NFL Draft

Byron Murphy II will the boom back to Seattle's defense.
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At the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft last month, one could argue the draft was a success for the Seattle Seahawks with the talent they were able to select. At the top of that list is former Texas standout defensive lineman Byron Murphy II taken with the No. 16 overall pick on Day 1.

The current state of the Seattle Seahawks defense 

Almost a decade ago, there was a time when many argued that the Seahawks defense was among the best in NFL history, so much so that it led to the Seahawks winning their first Super Bowl Championship during their 2013 season. However, a long time has passed since the "Legion of Boom" era of the franchise, as the Seahawks have struggled exponentially to get back to the same success that they once had. 

It's also worth noting that according to the team's statistics, the quality of the Seahawks's defense has declined significantly in recent years. For instance, in 2022, the Seahawks were ranked in the bottom ten teams of most total yards allowed on defense. However, drafting Murphy could revitalize the Seahawks's defense if he successfully adapts his skillset to the professionals. 

What Byron Murphy II brings to the table?

Coming out of an overwhelmingly successful junior year playing for the Texas Longhorns, Murphy is a compelling first-draft pick for the Seahawks, especially considering he won the 2023 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in his last season. Someone who brings a physical presence, Murphy is well-known for his fluidity regarding how he moves on the field while also earning praise for his pass-rushing abilities. 

While Murphy has yet to play a single game for the Seahawks, it's worth noting thatMurphy had his standout season in college when he first became a starter in his junior year. Because of this, Murphy's ability to adapt in college in his starting season may indicate that he may do the very same thing playing for the Seahawks.