Prior to the 2023 NFL draft, it was assumed by many that the Seattle Seahawks were going to take a player to help rebuild their defensive line. Some had Jalen Carter going to Seattle with the fifth overall pick, but he had major red flags. Instead, general manager John Schneider and head coach did what they normally do: They zigged when people thought they would zag and Seattle took cornerback Devon Witherspoon.
Of course, we still have to see how Witherspoon will work out when the real games begin, but at least he appears likely of playing. The same can't be said for a player that many mock drafts (including in a couple of mocks we did here at 12th Man Rising) had going to Seattle, Tyree Wilson. Wilson was taken seventh overall by the Las Vegas Raiders instead.
But with training camp coming up, Wilson isn't playing. He is still recovering from a foot injury he suffered in college. The Raiders have placed him on the non-football injury list (oddly, as the injury did happen while Wilson was playing, but just not playing in the NFL). Wilson can be activated at any point after being placed on the NFI list, but foot injuries are tricky things.
The point in this is that it is nice, as opposed to when the Seahawks drafted Darrell Taylor in 2020 and he had to miss his entire rookie season with a leg injury he had from college or Dee Eskridge dealing with a toe issue in his first training camp, that the Seahawks avoided taking a player that they immediately have to start worrying about. Now let's just hope Devon Witherspoon is a Pro Bowler in 2023.
Seahawks don't need to bring back the throwback jerseys permanently
The Seahawks gave us a look at their throwback jerseys this week, of course, and they look great! While Seattle could always choose to wear them more than once, once is all they have the uniforms scheduled to be worn so far in 2023. That would be in Week 8 at Lumen Field versus the Cleveland Browns.
And according to a poll put out by Seattle TV station, KOMO, most 12s love the jerseys. But the station also asks if the jerseys should be permanent, which of course defeats the entire purpose of the throwback jerseys. The uniforms are supposed to be novelties (and to increase jersey sales, of course, which they have done). But while the jerseys look fantastic, they don't need to be permanent. Otherwise, what's to stop the team from alternating uniforms every few seasons? And that would just be silly.