Seattle Seahawks Draft Devon Witherspoon with 5th overall pick in 2023 NFL Draft
The Seattle Seahawks selected cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the 5th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Witherspoon is a 6’2”, 195-pound cornerback from the University of Illinois. He was a consensus All-American in 2022 and was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year.
Witherspoon is a physical corner who is known for his ball skills. He has good size and length, and he is very good at getting his hands on the ball. He is also a good tackler and is a willing run defender.
Witherspoon is a bit of a raw prospect, but he has a lot of potential. He needs to work on his technique and his consistency, but he has the tools to be a very good corner in the NFL.
Devon Witherspoon. So glad he’s on the Seahawks. He’s legit ? pic.twitter.com/PkSVuFOsJF
— Sami ON Tap (@SamiOnTap) May 1, 2023
The Seahawks are hoping that Witherspoon can help them improve their pass defense. The Seahawks allowed the 11th most passing yards in the NFL in 2022. Witherspoon’s addition should help the Seahawks improve their pass defense and make them a more competitive team in 2023.
Seahawks secondary is insanely stacked.
– Tariq Woolen
– Devon Witherspoon
– Coby Bryant
– Tre Brown
– Quandre Diggs
– Jamal Adams
– Julian Love
This is as stacked as can be. Wow.
— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SONTSeattle) April 28, 2023
Here are some additional details about Devon Witherspoon:
- He was born in Pensacola, Florida on December 11, 2000.
- He played high school football at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida.
- He was a four-star recruit out of high school and was ranked as the 13th best cornerback in the country by 247Sports.
- He committed to play college football at the University of Illinois.
- He played in 43 games for the Fighting Illini and started 32 of them.
- He recorded 106 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 18 passes defended during his college career.
- He was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in 2022.
- He is expected to compete for a starting job at cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks in 2023.