The Seattle Seahawks are known for being one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. With a strong team and a loyal fan base, the Seahawks are always a team to watch during the NFL draft. Last night’s draft was no exception, with the team making some exciting picks, including Devon Witherspoon and Jaxon Smith Njigba.

Devon Witherspoon was the Seahawks’ first-round pick, and it’s easy to see why. Witherspoon is a talented cornerback who has the size and speed to excel at the next level. What sets Witherspoon apart from other cornerbacks in the draft is his size. He stands at 5-foot-11, which is rare for a cornerback. Despite his Lack of height, he is very physical. Witherspoon kind of reminds us of Kam Chancellor. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against the tall WR’s in the league. He played College Football at Illinois, where he had an impressive stack of accomplishments. Here are just a few…

  • One of three finalists for the Thorpe Award
  • First Thorpe Award finalist in Illinois history
  • One of 20 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award
  • Consensus All-American, the 21st in Illinois history
  • First ever defensive back to be named a Consensus All-American in Illinois history
  • Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year

You can see the rest at his Illinois Player Profile page

Jaxon Smith Njigba was the Seahawks’ second-round pick, and he’s another player who has the potential to make an impact in the NFL. Smith played college football at Ohio State, where he was a standout wide receiver. He was one of the most consistent and reliable receivers in college football, with great hands and the ability to make tough catches in traffic, arguably the best WR in the draft.

What sets Smith apart from other wide receivers in the draft is his route-running ability. He has great footwork and can create separation from defenders with ease. He also has the speed to stretch the field and make big plays downfield.

Here are some of his acolades…

  • Jaxon entered the 2022 season as one of the top receivers in college football – if not the top receiver – and a candidate for national honors
  • Was coming off a fabulous 2021 season when he led Ohio State with school-record totals of 95 receptions and 1,606 receiving yards … on a team that also featured first-round NFL Draft picks Garrett Wilson (No. 10 overall to the Jets) and Chris Olave (No. 11 overall to New Orleans)
  • Suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the 2022 season vs. Notre Dame and never made it back to full strength the rest of the year
  • Played in just three games in 2022, with the Iowa game on Oct. 22 his final appearance on the field as a Buckeye
  • Managed but five receptions for 43 yards in 2022 after his terrific, break-out sophomore campaign of 2021
  • Broke 20-year-old Big Ten receiving yards record (1,545 yards in 2001 by Lee Evan, Wisconsin) with his 1,606 receiving yards in 2021
  • 95 receptions ranks fifth-most in Big Ten history
  • Set Rose Bowl records with 347 receiving yards and 15 receptions with three touchdowns and was named offensive player of the game
  • The 347 receiving yards was also an all-time bowl game record, school single-game record, the second-most in Big Ten history and the fifth-highest total in NCAA Division I history

The Seahawks’ draft picks were met with enthusiasm from fans, who are excited to see what Witherspoon and Smith can bring to the team. Witherspoon will likely be a key player on defense, while Smith will provide Geno Smith with another reliable target in the passing game.

Overall, the first round was pretty epic and I look forward round 2 tonight and seeing how Pete and John rebuild the Empire!

Go Hawks!

P.S. Shoutout to Shorty and Jarrod for their helpfull input!