The Seattle Seahawks have likely taken another productive draft class in 2023 and Chad Reuter of NFL.com predicts Seattle will have at least two rookies on the Offense All-Rookie team. I honestly can't wait until the defensive prediction comes out because I assume that's where even more Seattle rookies might be picked to be on an All-Rookie team.
One of the two players Reuter has on his list might surprise you, but one won't. He does have Jaxon Smith-Njigba in his prediction and says Seattle will have a top-five wide receiver trio by the end of the season. Heck, why not halfway through the year?
If Smith-Njigba is as good as advertised, and there's no reason to think he won't be, then if quarterback Geno Smith gets solid pass protection upfront then Smith is going to have his choice of receiver to throw to. Smith-Njigba is fantastic and precise at route-running and instead of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett taking pressure of him, he is going to open the field for Metcalf and Lockett.
NFL.com confident at least two Seahawks offensive rookies will be really good
My point is that this should be a really fun season for watching the Seahawks' offense. They are theoretically loaded at receiver, and they have a lot of depth at running back. 12s saw what Kenneth Walker III could do in 2022, and he should only be better in 2023. And with Zach Charbonnet and Kenny McIntosh joining the running back room, Seattle has a lot of versatility with whoever lines up behind Geno Smith.
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But NFL.com also thinks the Seahawks get rookie help in front of Smith too. But instead of center Olu Oluwatimi making Reuter's All-Rookie team prediction it is right guard Anthony Bradford. Reuter says Bradford has a "massive frame and relatively nimble feet." Bradford would have to beat out right guard Phil Haynes for the starting spot, but long-term that might be best for Seattle as Haynes is signed to just a one-year deal and Bradford has a ton of potential.
Either way, it's awesome to once again seeing some Seahawks rookies getting some attention from the national media. For years it seemed like that didn't happen. The Seahawks are on the upswing and if the 2022 rookie class continues to develop and the 2023 class is as good as hoped, Seattle could be winning Super Bowls sooner than later.