No. 2: Another A+ NFL Draft Class
The 2022 NFL Draft class for the Seahawks is as good as any class you will find in the past decade. Both of the aforementioned starting tackles were found at last year’s event, as Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas accepted the task of starting as rookies.
The biggest steal of the group is undoubtedly Defensive Rookie of the Year finalist Tariq Woolen. The one-of-one athlete out of UTSA developed his skills faster than expected, serving as the top cornerback on the roster from Week 1 on. Coby Bryant also came off the board late and logged several starting snaps in Year 1.
But wait… there’s more! Running back Kenneth Walker III looked like one of the top players at his position before he suffered an untimely injury, stalling his momentum in its tracks. Still, Walker is expected to be healthy by the start of the season and should see a heavy dose of touches.
While the 2023 draft class isn’t quite as deep, the Seahawks did a great job finding immediate contributors. Another cornerback joined the loaded secondary in Seattle when Devon Witherspoon was selected No. 5 overall with a pick acquired from the Russell Wilson trade.
Later on Day 1, the front office struck gold again, this time taking Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a polished route runner from Ohio State. JSN follows a long pipeline of receivers from the Buckeye state, as Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson were both quoted saying Smith-Njigba was the best of the bunch. Yes, the same Garrett Wilson that just won Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Day 2 and Day 3 saw more instant-impact players brought into the fold, spearheaded by UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet. Along with Walker, the two youngsters will lead a vaunted two-headed rushing attack in the Pacific Northwest.
General manager John Schneider is doing everything in his power to make sure the Legion of Boom Part 2 is more successful than the previous incarnation. And I have to say: He is off to a great start.