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Seahawks Select Ohio State LB Tyreke Smith With 158th Overall Pick

Seattle takes Ohio State linebacker Tyreke Smith in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft.


The Seahawks added another edge player to their defensive front, selecting Ohio State outside linebacker Tyreke Smith with their second of two fifth-round picks, No. 158 overall.

The Seahawks had that pick after moving back from 145 in a trade with Kansas City that also netted Seattle a seventh-round pick (233). Smith is the second outside linebacker selected by the Seahawks along with Minnesota's Boye Mafe, who was a second-round pick.

Smith was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season after recording 26 tackles, five for a loss, as well as three sacks and two pass breakups, and he earned honorable mention all-conference honors the year before.

"What makes me good is my motor, just how I am all throughout the game," Smith said. "I'm always attacking, pass-rushing wise. I'm quick off the ball and my get-off helps me."

Asked about his role in a Seahawks defense that will feature more 3-4 looks than in the past, Smith said, "Definitely outside linebacker, stand-up."

A two-sport standout in high school, Smith led Cleveland Heights High School's basketball team in scoring and rebounding as a senior. Having grown up in Southern California before moving to Cleveland, Smith said he actually played in a pick-up game with Bobby Wagner a decade ago not long after Wagner was drafted by the Seahawks.

"When I grew up in California, I actually played a pick-up game with Bobby Wagner at a rec center," he said. "I used to play basketball with his cousin, and Bobby Wagner, he had just got drafted by Seattle, and he came to the rec center and played basketball. He was good too… I couldn't believe his athleticism. He was sneaky bouncy. He had really good bounce."

Along with Mafe, CB Coby Bryant, and CB Tariq Woolen, Smith is the fourth defensive player Seattle has drafted this year.

Take a look at linebacker Tyreke Smith during his time at Ohio State University. Smith was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round, No. 158 overall, in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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