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Seahawks Sign First-Round Pick Devon Witherspoon & RB Wayne Taulapapa; Waive CB Montrae Braswell

The Seahawks signed former University of Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa on Friday, as well as cornerback Devon Witherspoon, the last of their 10 draft picks to sign.


The Seahawks signed first-round pick Devon Witherspoon on Friday, the last of their 10 2023 draft picks to sign.

Seattle also added some running back depth, signing Wayne Taulapapa, an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Washington.

Cornerback Montrae Braswell was waived to make room on the 90-man roster.

Witherspoon, the No. 5 overall pick out of Illinois, did not take part in the first two practices of camp having not signed, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he anticipated the absence being a short one.

"I can't imagine he won't be here very soon," Carroll said Wednesday.

Taulapapa, who took part in rookie minicamp with the Seahawks as a tryout player, started 12 games for the Huskies last season, rushing for a team-high 887 yards on his way to All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors. Despite spending his college career at Washington before transferring in 2022, Taulapapa was named a team captain for his one season with the Huskies.

During his four seasons at Virginia, Taulapapa started 27 games and appeared in 40, rushing for 1,192 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he served as a team captain in 2021.

Braswell, an undrafted rookie out of Missouri State, signed with the Seahawks in June.

The Seahawks held their second practice of Training Camp on a sunny Thursday afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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