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ESPN's Matt Miller Explains Why He Loves The Seahawks 2023 Draft
It's been nearly two weeks since the 2023 NFL Draft concluded, further prompting anticipation for the upcoming season as rookies get acclimated to their new homes. NFL Draft Insider Matt Miller joined the Seattle Sports 710AM duo of Brock Huard and Mike Salk to discuss why Seattle earned an A-grade for their 10 selections in the draft.
The Salk and Huard wasted no time picking Miller's brain about Seattle's 10 draft selections, many of which Miller was vocal about on social media.
"Freaking killed it," said Miller. "Got my No.1 corner; my No.1 wide receiver. A pass rusher that a lot of people thought could have gone in the first round. And then I really thought some of the Day 3 picks were really good, from a scheme fit, from a value, from a need - this team checked every need that they have. For a playoff team to be able to do that says a lot. When you can go in and check off needs, it's just really smart team building. It was an A-Draft in my opinion."
Miller briefly took time to break down what each of the ten selections bring to the team, starting with No.5 selection Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon.
"He was my top corner," said Miller. "Feisty, physical, sticky in coverage. He'll be a tone-setter from a physicality and a toughness standpoint."
"Like a Cooper Kupp," said Miller. "Like a Justin Jefferson, there's some versatility to be an inside-outside receiver. He's the future at that position for Seattle, in my opinion.
On Wednesday, Miller released his Top-100 rankings for draft picks based on team fit, scheme fit and need to name a few key factors. Smith-Njigba comes in at No.1 on the list as the most-valuable pick in the draft per Miller, while the Witherspoon pick ranked fifth, with the selections of Mike Morris and Anthony Bradford also cracking Miller's top 100.
Here's what Miller had to say about why the selection of Smith-Njigba topped his list:
My pre-draft ranking: No. 5
The Seahawks grabbed my No. 5 overall player and WR1 at pick No. 20, one of the best values of the first round. On top of that, JSN is an ideal fit in the slot -- where he dominated at Ohio State -- and can complement DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in what could be a very good offense this season. I also think Smith-Njigba will seamlessly slide into the WR2 role down the road, once Lockett is no longer there.
With the first of Seattle's two second-round picks, they selected Auburn outside linebacker Derick Hall. Miller breaks down what Hall brings to a defense looking to improve against the run and rack up more sacks.
"This is the juice they needed on that outside," said Miller. "There was so much talk about Tyree Wilson or Jalen Carter (with the fifth pick). What they needed was speed. They need burst and (Hall) has that. His ability to use the first-step quickness to beat you, to use the long arm and convert that speed to power is really, really good."
To hear Miller's thoughts on the entire draft class, and how the Seahawks shape up in the NFC West listen here.
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