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Thursday Round-Up: Devon Witherspoon & Zach Charbonnet Among Pro Football Focus' Top Rookies

Seahawks rookies Devon Witherspoon and Zach Charbonnet earn high honors from Pro Football Focus through the first five weeks of the season.


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

A pair of Seahawks rookies earn praise from Pro Football Focus for their play.

The Seahawks used the Week 5 bye to get healthy, as they prepare for Sunday's road matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. But even with an early bye, Mason Cameron of Pro Football Focus breaks down why rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon and running back Zach Charbonnet rank in the Top-15 amongst first-year players through five weeks.

Witherspoon earned the highest-grade of any rookie defender in Week 4 (90.9), as he recorded 2.0 sacks, combined for seven tackles and took his first career interception back for a touchdown. The Illinois alum sits in a three-way tie for No.7 on PFF's list, earning a 79.7 grade through five weeks. Cameron breaks down why the No.5-overall selection in April's draft is excelling already.

The Seahawks had their bye in Week 5, but Witherspoon retained his spot in the top 10. He left off on a high note in Week 4, finishing as the NFL's highest-graded (90.9) defensive rookie. The Seahawks corner has an interception and three pass breakups this season. He has allowed just a 61.6 passer rating on throws into his coverage.

In just 21 carries, Charbonnet has established himself as a force in Seattle's backfield, picking up 104 yards (5 YPC). The physical UCLA alum has accounted for eight Seahawks first downs, using his strength to force missed tackles for second-chance yardage. Cameron explains Charbonnet's 75.8 grade on limited carries.

While Charbonnet's workload has been limited, he has been an explosive runner when called up in recent weeks, producing four runs of 10 or more yards in his last two games. Perhaps more impressively, he has also earned a first down on nearly 35% of his carries, one of just six backs to surpass 30% this season.

Despite neither player opening the season as a starter, Witherspoon due to injury, both rookies have already exhibited their value to the 3-1 Seahawks.

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