Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, November 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Devon Witherspoon & Jake Bobo Among PFF's Top-Ranked Rookies
Through eight weeks, the 5-2 Seahawks continue to see a major impact from their first-year group. In Pro Football Focus' latest weekly rookie rankings, Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon and wideout Jake Bobo earn Top 5 spots ahead of Week 9.
Through eight weeks, five Seahawks rookies have played 100-plus snaps (Devon Witherspoon, Derick Hall, Jake Bobo, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Zach Charbonnet). PFF's Mason Cameron breaks down why the impact of Seattle's first selection in the 2023 draft, as well as the team's undrafted gem.
Seattle selected Witherspoon fifth-overall in April's draft, and through six games, they've seen a great return-on-investment. Through six games played, Witherspoon has combined for 33 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks and an interception. Per PFF's grading metrics, Witherspoon's 84.4 grade leads all rookie corners. Cameron breaks down why Witherspoon comes in at No. 3 overall amongst first-year players.
In just his first year, Witherspoon ranks as a top-10 corner in a variety of coverage metrics, including completion percentage allowed (42.9%), forced incompletions (7) and passer rating allowed (53.2). The Seahawks rookie has also posted 80.0-plus grades against the run (84.2) and as a pass-rusher (91.9), setting himself apart as one of the league's premier all-around corners.
After productive years at Duke University and UCLA, Jake Bobo went undrafted in April's draft, signing as an undrafted free agent with Seattle. Yet through eight weeks, Bobo has climbed the depth chart to become a key piece to the Seahawks offense. Through seven games played, Bobo has 10 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdown receptions, as well as a touchdown run in Seattle's Week 8 24-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Cameron breaks down Bobo's 81.0 grade and why he comes in at No. 5.
Bobo's role was reduced in Week 8, but he still found the end zone once on just three touches. Even though the Seattle receiving corps is returning to full health, the 2023 undrafted free agent will find his way into the lineup sooner or later. His 86.3 receiving grade over the last three games not only leads the class but also ranks in the top five among all receivers.
On Thursday, Witherspoon was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for October. With half of the season remaining, Seattle hopes to continue to reap the rewards of their latest draft class.
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More From Around The Web
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times:Leonard Williams trade sends a clear message from Seahawks’ brass.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: ‘Big Cat’ Leonard Williams ready for ‘fun change’ with Seahawks.
The Associated Press: Williams gets thrown into competition right away with Seahawks.
Mike Salk of Seattle Sports 710AM: Salk: Seahawks trade is a big statement — and a bet on Geno Smith.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Bumpus: ‘Defense is the identity’ of the Seattle Seahawks right now.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: How can the Seahawks help Geno Smith through recent hiccups? Run the ball more.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Pete Carroll, Seahawks Demonstrating Adaptability Rotating Offensive Linemen.
Adam Schultz of Sports Illustrated: Seattle Seahawks’ Jaxon Smith-Njigba Set for ‘Coming-Out Party’ Says Jason McCourty.
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