Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, May 24— about your Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks Receive High Praise from Analyst Louis Riddick on Seattle Sports 710AM's Brock and Salk Show
With the draft in the rearview mirror, Seattle's new and old faces are beginning to gel at OTAs. As the clock ticks until the 2023 NFL season, ESPN Analyst and NFL veteran Louis Riddick sat down with Seattle Sports 710AM’s Brock Huard and Mike Salk Monday to discuss why the Seahawks are trending upwards.
During April's draft, Riddick didn't waste any time expressing his happiness in Seattle's 10 draft selections on social media. Last week, Riddick joined The Rich Eisen Show to tell why Seattle and the Houston Texans won the draft.
"The other team that really stood out to me right away," said Riddick. "I said this last year when I went to see them in training camp, that Seattle was building a contender. A real contender. People laughed, 'Geno stinks, they'll be a top-2 picking team', blah blah blah. They killed the draft. They absolutely killed it. [Devon] Witherspoon is going to start. [Jaxon] Smith-Njigba is going to start. Derick Hall is going to play a ton. Charbonnet is going to rotate in there. [Olu] Oluwatimi is going to be a great depth player. Kenny McIntosh will probably wind up being a guy who, if he's not on practice squad he's going to be on their regular day roster. Cam Young is going to give them beef in the middle. Anthony Bradford, the guard who they drafted out of LSU, was one of my favorite unsung players in this draft who plays a position that people don't really think much about. He's a freaking stud that can wind up being like [Carl Nicks]."
Riddick elaborated on his previous discussion with Eisen with Brock and Salk.
"I don't think you can be any happier with the return on investment they got last year out of new players that came in there," said Riddick. "And I think 2023 will result in the same with both some of the veteran player acquisitions that they pulled off and in particular, I think everyone's always excited about and intrigued about just how these young guys and how the young blood is going to do as they're imported into this roster and injected into this roster."
Riddick pointed out the value of Seattle's selections, starting with first-round selections cornerback Devon Witherspoon and wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
"You can't argue against Devon Witherspoon," said Riddick. "You can't argue against Jaxon Smith-Njigba no matter how hard you try. You can't argue against Derick Hall. You can't argue against Zach Charbonnet and how these guys fit into what Seattle wants to do, what they've already demonstrated they can do at the college level, and what you project to be their future performance in these systems with this team, with this young roster base that's already been put together."
But Brock and Salk didn't let Riddick off easy, as Seattle could potentially fill holes on both the offensive and defensive lines with rookie talent. Huard discussed the decision to select UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet at pick No. 52 over selecting a defensive tackle to stop the run. In 2022, Seattle's defense allowed 4.9 yards per carry on the ground. Seattle allowed an average of 150.2 yards per game on the ground, ranked as third-worst league-wide.
"I think there's a couple things here," said Riddick. "I've seen Derick Hall up-close-and-personal, I've seen Cam Young. I did the Egg Bowl this past year, so I know how good he can be, and how good he was in school. We'll see what happens with a guy like Mike Morris. Do they keep him at defensive end? Does he become a hybrid inside/outside player that also gives you a 6-5, 300-pounder who can move inside. I wouldn't discount how Cam Young can come along. Derick Hall, look he is a hard-playing S.O.B. man. This guy gets after it, and he is going to be fun to watch. And Mike Morris, that's another one of those guys that you see the power, you see the natural strength. He's just got so much going for him. I hope he becomes a dude that can be an inside/outside player that gives them the kind of beef that can slow down some of the bleeding that they've had as far as run defense is concerned. There's developmental potential there."
Riddick had a solution in exactly how serious Seattle will be about contending - and stopping the run.
"Do I think they're serious about contending?" said Riddick. "Yes, how are they going to do that? If you can't ever get to third down and unleash what I consider to be some real good potential as far as being able to rush the passer, how are you ever going to ever turn that loose if you can't ever get into second and long, third and long situations because you're always playing second and four, second and three? I guess we're going to find out. Dre'Mont Jones is a stud, I was focusing on the draft class, but Jones is a stud. Jarran Reed is someone they know very well. Those guys are not throwaways by any means. They will more than be able to hold their own."
If there was anyone shouting the praises of what Seattle could be prior to the 2022 season, it was Riddick. Time to see who will listen this time around.
Seahawks Win 2023 Pop Warner Little Scholars Team of the Year
The Pop Warner Little Scholars organization is the longest-running youth football program in the nation. In effort to honor efforts towards exemplary academic success and community service, Pop Warner will announce the Seattle Seahawks as recipients of the 2023 Little Scholars Team of the Year Honor this Thursday at 6 a.m.
Seahawks fans can catch the dedication to Seattle for their efforts in helping Pop Warner achieve their goal for student-athletes on their Twitter account here. #PopWarnerAllAmerican
Social Post Of The Day
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Remembers Seahawks Late Great Defensive Tackle Cortez Kennedy.
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Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Impressions From Seattle's First OTA Session - Locked On Seahawks Podcast.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: ESPN’s Riddick: ‘Everything is looking up’ for Seahawks after another quality draft.
Here at Seahawks.com, Season 2 of The Sound debuts on Thursday, more on that as well as a look back at last season.
Seahawks players participated in the first OTA of the 2023 offseason on May 22 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.