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Seahawks’ Secondary Even More Dangerous With Devon Witherspoon

  • Ryan Fowler
  • May 4, 2023
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A secondary budding with young talent, a tip of the cap is deserved once again for Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider. A year after grabbing Tariq Woolen on Day 3, the newest addition to the locker room via the 2023 NFL Draft will provide glory-day flashbacks to the Legion of Boom for a few Seattle faithful.

You can never have enough guys that know how to cover, and boy can Devon Witherspoon align on the perimeter, shut down a wideout, and then blow your chin strap off in the run game. A physical football player despite the lack of elite size, I expect he and Woolen to feed off each other early this fall.

While Woolen touts the elite NFL frame and herculean athletic profile to boot, Witherspoon enters the fold as a much more refined cover man (especially in zone) in comparison to the former wide receiver convert out of UTSA. While the NFL got cute on his evaluation coming out of school last spring, leading to Schneider grabbing him—unfathomably—on Day 3, the addition of Witherspoon will take the pressure off of the now second-year man’s shoulders to shut down a third of the field in coverage. While he can do so, and he’ll only continue to improve as he earns more and more reps, competition breeds success, and Seattle’s two perimeter stalwarts are going to keep offensive coordinators up late into the night when attempting to work past them through the air.

With a secondary that touts a long list of impactful ballplayers, the Seahawks have placed themselves in a position to compete toe-to-toe with the elites of the NFC this fall. With zero questions as far as the starter under center, a long list of weapons on offense including the addition of Jaxon Smith-Njigba out wide and Zach Charbonnet/Kenny McIntosh in the backfield, only to glimpse over the hedge to the Clint Hurtt-led defense headlined by one of the most explosive, youth-infused corner duos the NFL has to offer, Seattle is a dangerous team. It won’t all be pretty in his first season of NFL action, but with Woolen on one side, and Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, and Julian Love at the roof, Witherspoon has found himself in an awfully comfortable spot to succeed in waves early this fall.

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Ryan Fowler