Seahawks select Devon Witherspoon with fifth overall pick


The Seahawks informed starting quarterback Geno Smith they could select a quarterback. They didn’t with the fifth overall pick, though they still have the 20th overall selection.

With quarterbacks Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson taken with three of the first four picks, the Seahawks had a better selection of defensive players. Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson, who went third to the Texans, was the only defensive player selected ahead of Seattle.

The Seahawks used nearly all of their allotted 10 minutes before selecting Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

He will start opposite Tariq Woolen, a fifth-round pick last year who led the league with six picks.

The Seahawks were seen as a logical spot for Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter, but they passed on Carter to take Witherspoon.

Witherspoon made three interceptions and had 17 passes defensed in 2022, and he finished his four-year with five picks and 30 pass breakups.

12 responses to “Seahawks select Devon Witherspoon with fifth overall pick

  1. Our secondary can be elite, but as long as we can’t stop the run we’re going to get stomped on. We need a DT and DE who can neutralize the opponents run game.

  2. Very smart pick. They know that no one is running away with that division and the way to win it is to build a solid, balanced team.

  3. Legion of Bedrest.

    What’s the over/under on the # of games this guy and jamaal adams play together ina season…3?

    Shoulda picked someone to help that putrid D line.

  4. My gut feeling is that Carter was too much of a risk (seems to some serious discipline issues there) and Anderson was already gone. I’m not sure how seriously they would have considered taking Richardson.

  5. Seattle does need a NT and maybe another DE.

    But they also just drafted the best CB and WR with their first two picks.

    If they get even one of those spots right with their multiple day 2 picks this draft is another one knocked out of the park.

  6. Loading the box to stop the run or blitzing/stunting to get after the QB, requires the ability of the defense to cover the pass with competent CB’s. Check…..

  7. Don’t hate the pick, but CB wasn’t near the biggest hole the Seahawks needed to fill. Doesn’t matter how great your secondary is if the QB has all day to throw.

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