The Seahawks made the right choice with the fifth pick of the draft
Ah, the last tidbit of good news. A lot of 12s wondered why the Seahawks would take a cornerback with the fifth overall pick. I mean, Look at Riq Woolen, look at Richard Sherman, right? Sure, lightning struck twice in the 47-year history of the franchise. So yeah, let's depend on that again. Or, maybe recognize a generational talent when you see one.
Cornerbacks drafted in the top five spots include Charles Woodson, Patrick Peterson, Denzel Ward, and Jalen Ramsey. Oh, and a guy named Shawn Springs. Yeah, I think you could win with those guys. So, not a wasted pick. I mean, Devon Witherspoon had more picks in college, five, than allowed touchdowns, four.
As for playing Witherspoon in the slot, I think the results on Monday speak for themselves. Let's see, he had seven tackles, six of those solo. He had two tackles for a loss, three QB hits, and two sacks. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot about that 97-yard pick-six that turned a potential 14-10 game into a 20-3 laugher.
That score not only gave the Seahawks a huge cushion in what had been a difficult game but forced the Giants to throw even more. Is it any wonder the Hawks racked up five sacks in the fourth quarter alone, and that Jones was picked off again? Yes, Witherspoon can play, and he can dominate a game from the slot, just as Pete Carroll said he would.
So sure, there was some bad news. The offense still can't move the chains on third down consistently. They are unable to find Jaxon Smith-Njigba with any consistency, and that's troubling as well. But considering the injuries on the offensive line, the offense has held up. Add the rebirth of the defense, and there was far more good news for the Seahawks heading into their bye week than bad.