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Selection Comment - Pick #5

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Devon Witherspoon



I was halfway through a comment on Jalen Carter when Devon Witherspoon was announced as the Seahawks' first selection. There were some rumors leading up to the draft that Seattle really liked the former Illini Corner and wouldn't be afraid to nab him early if they had to. Even with that, this feels like a shock. This is the highest selection John Schneider and Pete Carroll have ever used on a secondary player.

Let's imagine this though: Devon Witherspoon and Tariq Woolen on the outside and Coby Bryant at nickel. That's a potentially stifling unit that sounds even better than what the Legion of Boom had - in terms of talent.

Was this the most pressing need? Probably not. But when you pick high it's imperative to get as much talent as possible. Teams had a passer rating of 25.3 when targeting Witherspoon in 2022. If Pete Carroll sees him as a good defensive back, then I believe him.

Grade: A-

~Jeff Chapman, Seahawks Analyst

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