Seahawks Pro Bowl candidates 2 and 3
Safety Quandre Diggs
Diggs making the Pro Bowl shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. He is entering his third full season with the team and in each of his first two full seasons, he made the Pro Bowl. Diggs has been even better than expected after being traded for midway through the 2019 from the Lions. In the trade, Seattle gave up a fifth-round pick for Diggs and a seventh-round choice. That would be a steal for the Seahawks.
In 38 games for Seattle, Diggs has 13 interceptions and 20 passes defended. Maybe more importantly, he has become a leader in the locker room. Now that Bobby Wagner is gone, Diggs might be considered to be the leader on the defensive side of the ball.
Diggs did suffer a bad leg injury in the last game of the 2021 season but seems on track to play in Week 1 of 2022. Seattle will need Diggs on the field if they have any chance of making the postseason.
Running back Rashaad Penny
There should be no question about Rashaad Penny’s talent. If he plays consistently he is great and not merely good. Penny started 6 games in 2021 and he ended up leading the league in yards-per-rush with 6.3. He led the Seahawks in rushing with 749 with all but 78 of those yards coming in the final five games. He finally got healthy for the first time in his career and looked like the former first-round pick he was.
Now Penny just needs to do something he hasn’t ever done: Stay healthy for almost a full season. (Thinking he will be healthy for all 17 games based on his history seems dumb but one can hope he will be available for most of the games.) Penny could run for 1,500 yards in 2022 if he stays healthy. He would be one of the best backs in the NFL and should make the Pro Bowl.