The Seahawks selected 10 players in last week’s 2023 NFL Draft; five on each side of the ball. Here are 23 numbers of interest surrounding your new incoming class of rookies:
Devon Witherspoon: 25.3 (No Fly Zone)
With the No.5 pick, Seattle selected Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon. The 2022 AP First Team All-American also took home the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year Award, and the 6-foot corner is renowned as much for his physicality as a tackler as he is for being shutdown on the boundary. The Illinois alum allowed just a 25.3 passer rating when targeted in 2022 while not giving up a single touchdown. For context, if a quarterback simply spiked the ball on every play, he would finish with a rating of 39.6.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba: 347 Yards to Glory
New Seahawks wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba made both Ohio State and NCAA history in the 2022 Rose Bowl. In the Buckeyes’ 48-45 win over the Utah Utes, Smith-Njigba caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to setting the record for most receiving yards in bowl game history, Smith-Njigba's 15 receptions set a Rose Bowl record.
Derick Hall: 1.59 Seconds out of the Blocks
Seahawks second-round selection (No. 37 overall) Auburn outside linebacker Derick Hall finished his college career with a bang, earning First Team All-SEC Honors for 2022. Not only did Hall produce on the stat sheet, but he shined at the 2023 NFL Combine. Hall's 1.59 10-Yard Split ranked No.3 amongst all edge rushers participating.
Zach Charbonnet: 15 100-Yard Games as a Bruin
The Seahawks selected bruising UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet in the second round with pick No. 52. After transferring from Michigan after his sophomore year, Charbonnet became a focal point of the Bruins' offense, and on 398 carries over two seasons, Charbonnet rushed for 2,496 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground.
The Bellflower, California native accumulated 15 games with100 or more rushing yards as a Bruin, hitting the mark in 8 of 10 games in 2022. From Week 4's 104-yard performance against Colorado until Week 8's 181-yard game against Arizona, Charbonnet had six straight 100-yard games.
Anthony Bradford: 899 Snaps of Discipline
In 13 games played for LSU during the 2022 season, new Seahawks guard Anthony Bradford played 899 snaps. Bradford was able to showcase his versatility, primarily playing tackles while also playing 79 snaps at left tackle. On the year, Bradford recorded just two penalties.
Kenny McIntosh: 26.8 Yards Per Return
The Seahawks picked up a versatile weapon in seventh-round selection Kenny McIntosh. The former Georgia Bulldogs running back averaged 5.7 yards per carry for his career despite battling through nagging injuries. But between 2020-2021, McIntosh emerged as one of the best return specialists in the nation, averaging a whopping 36.3 yards per return in 2020. Over that two-year span, McIntosh returned 14 kicks for 375 yards (26.8 YPR). McIntosh's ability to affect the game in the backfield and on special teams could add a new wrinkle to Seattle's repertoire.
Cameron Young: 34 QB Pressures Since 2021
In four seasons as a Bulldog, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Cameron Young recorded 110 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Young managed to get in the backfield frequently on passing downs, racking up 34 quarterback pressures over his final two seasons.
Mike Morris: 7.5 Sacks & Big Ten Honors
Fifth-round pick Mike Morris notched 7.5 sacks for Michigan during the 2022 season, along with 23 combined tackles, 11 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Morris’ efforts earned him Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. Morris finished second in the division in sacks - despite playing just seven snaps over the final two weeks of the season.
Olusegun Oluwatimi: 0 Sacks Allowed in 2021
Before transferring to the University of Michigan, new Seahawks center Olusegun "Olu" Oluwatimi starred for the University of Virginia. Oluwatimi’s 2021 campaign earned him Second Team All-ACC honors, after he went the entire season without allowing a sack or a single quarterback hit.
Jerrick Reed II: Breaking a 5-Year Drought
Last weekend, Seattle selected New Mexico safety Jerrick Reed II with pick No. 198. After a five-year drought since kicker Jason Sanders was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2018 draft, Reed becomes the highest-drafted Lobo since safety Glover Quin was selected by the Houston Texans in 2009.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba: 91.7 PFF Receiving Grade (2021)
Injuries restricted wideout Smith-Njigba to three games in 2022, but he put the football world on notice with his 2021 campaign. In 13 games played, Smith-Njigba caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns(16.9 YPC). For his efforts, the Buckeyes alum received a 91.7 grade on the year from Pro Football Focus - the highest grade of any wideout in the nation.
Devon Witherspoon: Only one Power-5 Offer
Witherspoon's ascension as a cornerback is commendable, considering the fact that he was a late-bloomer to organized football. He wouldn't pick up the game until his junior year of high school, but Witherspoon adapted fast, earning the Pensacola News Journal Defensive Player of the Year as a senior (2018). Despite the accolades, Witherspoon attracted only one offer from a Power-5 school, and ended up at Illinois after initially enrolling at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. The opportunity at Illinois eventually resulted in 2022 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors and Witherspoon becoming the school's highest pick in its history.
Zach Charbonnet: 122 Forced Missed Tackles Since 2021
In Charbonnet's two years as a Bruin, he proved to be both elusive and physical as a ball carrier and receiving back. Since 2021, Charbonnet's 122 forced missed tackles are the third-most of all FBS backs per PFF.
Derick Hall: 17.7% Win Rate
Beating the man in front of you is a key component of rushing the passer, and Hall excelled in 2022. The Auburn alum's 17.7 percent win rate ranks among the top-10 for pass rushers in the 2023 draft class.
Kenny McIntosh: 515 Yards After Catch
When it comes to receiving out of the backfield, no one in the country was better than McIntosh. The former Georgia Bulldog earned an 86.9 receiving grade from PFF (No.1) for his 2022 campaign, in which he caught for 515 yards after the catch.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba: 91.4 PFF Slot Grade (2021)
Smith-Njigba earned PFF’s highest slot-grade in 2021 after his 95-reception year, the highest grade of any Power 5 wideout.
Olu Oluwatimi: 3 Systems of Experience
On the road to the NFL, Oluwatimi spent time with three programs (Air Force, Virginia and Michigan) earning All-Conference honors at his last two stops.
Mike Morris: Sixth Wolverine to Win Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year
Despite missing the last two games of the 2022 season due to a leg injury, Morris was able to secure the Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year Award. Morris Jr. became just the sixth Wolverine to win the honor since its inception in 1984.
Anthony Bradford: Only 4 Sacks Allowed
During his 2022 campaign, Bradford showcased his versatility moving around the offensive line. And despite playing multiple positions, at times on short notice, Bradford allowed just four sacks all season long while playing 899 snaps.
Jerrick Reed II: 2020 Mountain West Interceptions Leader (4)
Reed's career at New Mexico will be one to remember, as he earned All-Mountain West honors three times. 2020 was his best campaign as a ballhawk, leading the conference with four interceptions.
Devon Witherspoon: 1.4 PBU per game (2022)
Witherspoon's ability to disrupt the pass was a big factor in earning Consensus All-American Honors for the 2022 season. For the year, the Illinois alum was credited with 14 pass breakups. Witherspoon ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten with an average of 1.4 PBUs per game.
Kenny McIntosh: 1.9 Yards from Scrimmage After Contact
In addition to averaging over 5 yards per carry for his career, McIntosh proved to be one of the most-effective backs in the country in a bad situation. For the 2022 season, McIntosh ranked No. 7 in the SEC with 1.9 yards per attempt when hit at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Cameron Young: 12 & 12, a Nimble Big Man
While Young will be asked to help anchor the middle of Seattle's defensive line while mixing it up with other linemen, he showed in high school that he can also move around with smaller athletes as a member of Franklin County High School's hoops team. A four-year letter winner in basketball, Young finished his high school career averaging 12.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game while also, by his own admission, fouling out on a pretty regular basis.
All 10 of Seattle's 2023 draftees, from first-round cornerback Devon Witherspoon to seventh-round running back Kenny McIntosh.