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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks Rank No. 2 In NFL Network's Rookie Class Rankings

Seahawks 2022 Draft class comes in at No. 2 in NFL analyst’s Bucky Brooks rankings.

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Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, December 21 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Rookie Class Ranked No. 2 In NFL by NFL Networks Analyst Bucky Brooks

On both sides of the ball and on special teams, the Seahawks feature key rookie contributors - a testament to excellent drafting. In light of the success of Seattle’s 2022 crop that includes first-time rookie Pro Bowl cornerback Tariq Woolen, NFL analyst Bucky Brooks ranks the Seahawks class No.2 on his top-five draft classes.

From Woolen tying for first place across the league in interceptions (6), to rookie running back Kenneth Walker III's nine rushing touchdowns (T-8th), to tackles Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross starting every game, Seattle's class has delivered at every phase of the game. As the 2022 season nears its end, NFL veteran and insider Bucky Brooks ranks the top-five draft classes of the year, with Seattle coming in second place. Brooks breaks down why Seattle's young group has helped the team in a surprising year, as well as why they will be pillars for the future.


It turns out head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider may know what they are doing when building a team. The Seahawks have drafted and developed a rookie class that has helped propel the team into the playoff picture this season and could pave the way for even bigger things to come. The offense has trotted out a pair of rookie tackles (Charles Cross, drafted ninth overall in Round 1, and Abraham Lucas, selected 72nd overall in Round 3) and a running back (Kenneth Walker III, chosen 41st overall in Round 2) who have looked like seasoned veterans since Day 1. With veteran quarterback Geno Smith playing at a Pro Bowl level while surrounded by young talent, the Seahawks look like a team gearing up for a title run in the near future.

Defensively, the Seahawks have found a set of young corners, Tariq Woolen (Round 5, No. 153 overall) and Coby Bryant (Round 4, No. 109), who might have been able to play on the island with the "Legion of Boom." Woolen is a super-sized cover corner who has blanketed receivers on the perimeter while also showcasing impressive instincts and ball skills, as evidenced by his six interceptions through 14 games. Like the Jets' Gardner, Woolen earned Pro Bowl recognition right out of the gate. Bryant has specialized in locking down WR3s as an inside-outside cover man. 

As the Seahawks work Boye Mafe (Round 2, No. 40) into the mix as a pass-rush specialist, the rookie class is driving the bus on the team's playoff push this season. While Seattle's playoff chase is still ongoing, it's clear that the league is taking notice of what's being built in Emerald City.

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