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Thursday Round-Up: Devon Witherspoon, Anthony Bradford Named to The Athletic's Midseason All-Rookie Team

Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon and guard Anthony Bradford lead a group of first-year Seahawks to make an appearance on The Athletic’s Midseason All-Rookie team.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, November 9 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

A pair of Seahawks were named to The Athletic's Midseason All-Rookie team, with another quartet earning honorable mentions.

This week, ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell ranked Witherspoon the league’s Midseason Rookie of the Yearjust days after the Illinois alum was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for October. Through seven games played, Witherspoon has combined for 39 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one interception, which he returned 97 yards for a touchdown and nine passes defensed (T-6th). Playing both outside and in the slot, Witherspoon has quickly proven why Seattle selected him No. 5 overall. The Athletic team breaks down why he's included at the cornerback position.

Since his up-and-down NFL debut in Week 2, Witherspoon has not allowed a touchdown or catch of 25-plus yards over his past six games. He ranks second among rookies in pass breakups (six) and has been one of the better run-defending corners in the league.

In the fourth round, Seattle selected LSU guard Anthony Bradford, who made his debut in Week 3's 37-27 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks offense has been marred by injury, seven different offensive line starting combinations through eight games. The Athletic team breaks down why Bradford has been essential to the 5-3 Seahawks' success.

A new arrival on our list at the halfway point is Bradford, who didn't debut until Week 3. The fourth-round pick from LSU has flashed an outstanding blend of power and athletic balance at guard, both in pass pro and the run game.

Four Seahawks earn honorable mentions, starting with Charbonnet. The UCLA alum by-way-of Michigan has gained 170 yards on 32 carries, averaging 5.3 yards-per-carry while producing 13 first downs. Seattle's rookie pair of Smith-Njigba (No. 20-overall) and Bobo (undrafted) may have taken different routes to the league, but neither has wasted time making their presence felt. The pair have combined for 407 yards and four touchdowns through eight games. Linebacker Derick Hall rounds out the honorable mentions in the "edge rusher" category, combining for 19 tackles in eight games.

Seattle has gotten plenty of production from its rookie class through the first half of the 2023 season. Now, the 5-3 Seahawks will look to their first-year group to continue to step up in their push to reclaim first place in the NFC West.

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