No. 5: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seahawks
The Seahawks surprised many by earning a playoff berth in 2022. Behind the stellar play of quarterback Geno Smith, Seattle’s offense was one of the best in the league. Rookie Kenneth Walker III led the charge at running back, while D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett held down the fort at wide receiver.
Even with all this firepower, the unit looked to be lacking one piece to put them over the top. At No. 20 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, general manager John Schneider found the piece. Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, thought to be the top receiver in the class, fell to the middle portion of Day 1 before Seattle scooped him up.
JSN’s skillset mirrors Lockett’s, but not so much that the two can’t share the field together. Both guys profile best from the slot, but Smith-Njigba’s proficient route running and efficient footwork will create separation from anywhere. Geno signed a lucrative contract extension this offseason; JSN can help him earn it.