Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, July 25 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
As training camp and preseason approaches, anticipation is high for the 2023 NFL Draft class to hit the field. Draft analyst Chris Trapasso presents the 2023 CBS Sports All-Rookie team, with a trio of first-year Seahawks earning spots on the team.
First-round wideout selection Jaxon Smith-Njigba left a lasting impression at Ohio State University in 23 games, capping off the 2021 season with a record-breaking performance in the 2022 Rose Bowl. In the Buckeyes 48-45 victory over the Utah Utes, Smith-Njigba caught 15 passes for a bowl game-record 347 receiving yards. Trapasso breaks down Seattle's new slot weapon and why he makes the first team.
Slot wide receiver
First team: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seahawks
Smith-Njigba knows how to stand out in a crowded receiver room, just ask Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Even with DK Metcalf and perennially underrated Tyler Lockett soaking up most of the targets in Seattle, Smith-Njigba's fluidity, reliable hands, and subtle route salesmanship will spark plenty of splash plays underneath and down the seam for the first receiver picked in the 2023 draft. Despite years of run-game dedication during the Wilson era, under offensive coordinator Shane Waldron in 2022, the Seahawks attempted the eighth-most passes in football. There'll actually be a reasonable amount of opportunities for JSN this season.
Fifth-round selection and Michigan alum Olu Oluwatimi capped a three-school college career with the 2022 Outland and Rimington Trophies. Trapasso breaks down the versatility of Seattle's new center, as Oluwatimi earns an honorable mention for the interior offensive linemen group.
Interior offensive line
Honorable mention: Olusegun Oluwatimi, Seahawks
Oluwatimi was my IOL1 in the 2023 class. He's different though. Not a Schmitz or Tippmann-like athlete. More like a smaller version of Packers devastating blocker Elgton Jenkins. Sturdy, unshakeable, and rarely off balance. Yes, he could beat out veteran free-agent signee Evan Brown for the center job out of camp.
With the No. 37 selection in April's draft, Seattle selected Auburn defensive end and Captain Derick Hall. In June, Trapasso ranked Hall as an under-the-radar rookie; now he doubles-back by naming him to the edge rusher second team.
Second team: Derick Hall, Seahawks
Now to my actual selection, Hall, a strapping, powerful outside rusher with a non-stop motor. He too joins a relatively crowded EDGE room in Seattle. Most of his competition is relatively unproven though -- beyond Uchenna Nwosu. He has the explosiveness, jolting hands, and strength through contact to be a steady disruptor in Year 1.
Seattle's rookies and veterans will look to further develop chemistry on the field, with training camp practices becoming open to the public beginning Wednesday.
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Over the last four seasons, Seahawks wideouts DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have combined for 35 touchdowns. Year 5 is on the horizon.
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Seahawks players returned to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on July 25, 2023 for the beginning of Training Camp.