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Monday Round-Up: Riq Woolen, DK Metcalf, Charles Cross Named Seahawks Building Blocks Pro Football Focus

Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus selected three players to build around for each NFC team.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, July 24 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

In their 9-8 2022 campaign, the Seahawks climbed to a playoff appearance for the fourth time in five seasons, and for the 10th time in 13 seasons under Pete Carroll and John Schneider. But with several key changes on bothsides of the ball and some key acquisitions in the draft, hopes are high amongst national media regarding Seattle’s 2023 chances. Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus breaks down why a trio of Seahawks (Riq Woolen, DK Metcalf, Charles Cross) are building blocks of the future.

Seattle's roster is a mix of veteran leadership and young, budding talent. In fact, 2022 AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Geno Smith is the oldest player on the team at 32-years-old. Seattle's leading receiver in receptions (90) and yards (1,048) last season was wideout DK Metcalf, whose 35 career touchdowns over the last-four seasons are tied for sixth-most of any receiver. In May, Pro Football Focus ranked Metcalf the No.10 player under 25-years-old. In addition to becoming one of the most-dangerous wideouts in the league, Metcalf has become a mentor for players on both sides of the ball as a veteran embracing his role. Including second-year cornerback and 2022 Pro Bowl selection Riq Woolen. After tying for the league-lead in interceptions (6), the University of Texas-San Antonio alum is one of the league's budding stars on the boundary.

Seattle’s first selection in the 2022 draft was Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross, who along with third-round selection Abraham Lucas became the first rookie tackle duo to open the NFL season as starters since 1970. Spielberger breaks down why the trio are the building blocks for Seattle to not only succeed in 2023 - but to build another dynasty.

Riq Woolen somehow fell to the fifth round despite his 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4, and he immediately made a lot of teams regret passing on him by earning a 77.8 coverage grade with six interceptions last season. Now with fifth overall pick Devon Witherspoon set to join him, Seattle could have a truly scary secondary once again.

The Seahawks found both of their starting tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft. First-rounder Charles Cross and third-rounder Abraham Lucas both could be the foundation of the offensive line for years to come. Both players graded above 60.0 as pass blockers and run blockers in their rookie campaigns, and another year of growth could be huge for Geno Smith and this high-powered offense that also added wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. DK Metcalf 's rare combination of size and speed opens things up for a plethora of playmakers around him, with his 10 touchdowns on passes thrown 20-plus yards over the past three seasons the sixth most at the position.

With training camp and preseason around the corner, the wait to see Seattle in action is almost over. With the return of linebacker Bobby Wagner via free agency, along with four-time consecutive Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs, Seattle's defense is balanced with potential and playoff-tester veteran leadership. With Smith, receiver Tyler Lockett and the emerging leader in Metcalf, Seattle's young offense is in good hands too. With an array of young talent on both sides of the ball, national media continues to take note of Seattle's long-term potential.

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