A zero-star recruit out of high school who previously quit football to play point guard became a 1st round pick in the NFL draft thanks to some guidance by Lovie Smith himself. He came into college looking like a student manager but hit like a linebacker. Seattle, meet the newest addition to your secondary — cornerback Devon Witherspoon.
Devon Witherspoon will be the smallest guy on the team with the biggest personality but his skills and tenacity have earned him a spot with the Seahawks. It's time for the dawg to shine out.
School: Illinois (Sr.)
Measurables: 5'11, 181 pounds
Combine notes: He's one of the lightest players in the draft, ranking in just the 10th percentile in weight.
Where he wins: Disruptive and combative, Spoon reads routes like a quarterback and has the quickness and strength to break up passes all over the field.
Areas for improvement: Lacks top end speed and can get tricked by double moves.
Winner of the Tatum-Woodson Award as the best defensive back in the Big Ten in 2022. He was a consensus All-American and made All-Big Ten first team as well. Led the nation's top-scoring defense last season.
A champion-level trash talker that never stops letting a receiver know that he's locking them up, even months after the fact.
He's just getting started. Returned to football as a junior in high school because his mother asked him to and he does anything his mother asks.
The Seahawks just drafted the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the NFL Draft... and suddenly, their secondary is looking a little scary. Is the Legion of Boom back? It might be on its way! He'll join second-year corner Tariq Woolen who allowed the fourth-lowest NFL passer rating in coverage... as a rookie! Then, of course, there's Jamal Adams... Quandre Diggs...
Watch out, NFC West. This defense is coming for you.