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Friday Round-Up: ESPN's Mina Kimes: Seahawks 'Smashed' 2022 NFL Offseason

ESPN’s Mina Kimes praises the work done by the Seahawks this offseason.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, October 28 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks "Absolutely Smashed This Offseason"

The 4-3 Seahawks are gaining new fans in national media as they sit atop the NFC West. ESPN NFL Live analyst Mina Kimes may be a lifelong Seahawks fan at heart, but her journalistic ethics won't allow her to show favoritism or spare words. A prior tough critic of Seahawks general manager John Schneider, Kimes and the ESPN NFL Live staff discuss how impactful the Seahawks offseason has been through seven games.

As part of ESPN's daily NFL Live segment, Kimes discusses a range of topics covering all-32 of the league's franchises. The Arizona-raised Kimes grew up with a Seahawks-loving father who passed that fanhood down to her, but the seasoned NFL insider doesn't work based on bias. On Thursday's broadcast, Kimes took some time out to reflect on Seattle's standout draft class, and how the trade of Seahawks former quarterback Russell Wilson has turned out for the team. 

"John Schneider, the GM, absolutely smashed this offseason," said Kimes. "And you guys know I've been hard on him over the years and some of his draft classes recently. So I've got to give credit where credit's due. We know at this point I think that the Russell Wilson trade looks like a huge win for Seattle. Not just because of the draft picks, I'll also add Shelby Harris who they got in the trade as one of their impact defenders. But just look at this draft."

Seahawks rookie cornerbacks Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant lead the NFL in interceptions and forced fumbles respectively, with four each.

Seahawks rookie running back Kenneth Walker III currently ranks No. 4 league-wide in rushing touchdowns (4), and No. 3 in yards per carry (6.1) after just two starts through seven games. The FedEx Ground Player of the Week  sits at 410 rushing yards on just 67 carries.

"You've got two starting rookie tackles (Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas) who are playing incredibly well," said Kimes. "However you feel about positional value, Kenneth Walker III, the running back they took, looks incredibly explosive and efficient on the ground. He's breaking tackles like crazy. You have Tariq Woolen taken in the fifth round who leads the league in interceptions at cornerback, and then Coby Bryant, who's playing better and better at nickel. That is an unreal class, and Howie Roseman's probably the frontrunner for Executive of the Year. But I've got to say, John Schneider belongs in consideration for what he has done this offseason, because it has been impressive. And you know I am not a homer, because I've been hard in the past."

Seattle's offseason acquisitions will have another opportunity to make Kimes proud, as the New York Giants visit Lumen Field in Week 8's home matchup. 

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