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Tuesday Round-Up: DK Metcalf, Riq Woolen & Tyler Lockett Named To ESPN Top 100 For 2023 Season

ESPN polled NFL experts to rank the Top-100 NFL players ahead of the 2023 season, with a trio of Seahawks making the list.  


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, August 29 — about your Seattle Seahawks

With just a week remaining until the 2023 season kicks off, the team of NFL experts at ESPN joined forces for their annual Top-100 based on performance expectations for the upcoming season. Seattle wideouts DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and cornerback Riq Woolen earn spots on the list.

Metcalf was part of the Athletic's best 25-or-younger players in the league earlier this month. The 25-year-old Ole Miss alum is coming off his second 1,000-yard season of his career (1,048), while catching a career-high 90 receptions in 2022. The fifth-year veteran has been on a tear, catching 35 touchdowns in four seasons. In 2022, Metcalf became just the fifth wideout in league history to record 300 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in his first-four seasons. Metcalf lands at No.52 on the Top-100, with some insight provided on his early-career dominance and a quote from Seahawks Receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

WR | Seahawks
Age: 25
2022 rank: 51

After falling to pick No. 64 in 2019 because of questions about his health and route running, Metcalf hasn't missed a game. Jaxon Smith-Njigba could cut into his targets in 2023, but he could also create more one-on-one matchups for the often double-teamed Metcalf. -- Brady Henderson

Signature stat: Metcalf has 4,218 receiving yards through his first four seasons.

What they are saying: "He's the best receiver I've ever been around that took the techniques from practice into the game. Like if we ran a stutter-hinge versus Patrick Peterson, how it looked in walk-through, how it looked in an individual period, how it looked in team is exactly how it looked against Arizona." -- Seahawks wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal

2023 projection: 78 receptions, 1,017 yards, 8 TDs

Last April, Seattle selected Woolen in the fifth round of the 2022 draft. The lightning-fast corner picked up on the speed of the NFL game rather quickly, tying for the league-lead in interceptions with six. Anticipation is high for Woolen's second season, after helping Seattle earn an NFC Wild Card appearance and a 2022 Pro Bowl selection. The ESPN team breaks down why the second-year cornerback lands at No. 82 on the list after just one season.

CB | Seahawks

Age: 24

2022 rank: NR

The 6-foot-4 Woolen ran a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash at the 2022 combine and burst onto the NFL scene just as quickly. As a fifth-round pick, he made the Pro Bowl after intercepting six passes to tie for the league lead. It was only his third full season at cornerback (former wide receiver), leaving plenty of room for growth in 2023. -- Brady Henderson

Signature stat: Woolen's six interceptions in 2022 were the most by a rookie since 2015.

What they are saying: "He's such a talented athlete. It's more than that, though. ... His days as a receiver haven't left him. He understands routes and he can feel the routes when they're happening." -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

2023 projection: 63 tackles, 2 INTs

2022 marked the fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season (1,033) for Lockett, joining Seahawks Legend Steve Largent as the only Seattle wideouts to accomplish the streak. The Kansas State alum caught nine touchdowns in 2022, the fifth-consecutive season with eight or more receiving scores for Lockett. The ESPN team, led by Around the NFL writer Brady Henderson, broke down why Lockett comes in at No.90.

WR | Seahawks

Age: 30

2022 rank: NR

Is Lockett the NFL's most underrated wide receiver? Over the past five seasons, his 5,284 receiving yards are eighth most at that position, while his 45 receiving touchdowns are tied for fourth. With four straight 1,000-yard seasons and only two missed games in that span, he isn't showing any signs of slowing down as he approaches his 31st birthday in September. -- Brady Henderson

Signature stat: Since entering the NFL in 2015, Lockett has 18 touchdowns on passes thrown 30-plus yards downfield (five came last season) -- which is second in the NFL behind Tyreek Hill (24).

What they are saying: "He came to camp in the best shape I've seen him in five, six years. I can't remember a year, really, when he was in better condition or [had] better speed early in camp." -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

2023 projection: 81 receptions, 876 yards, 5 TDs

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