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Seahawks Select CB Devon Witherspoon at No. 5 Pick in NFL Draft

After months of mystery, the Seattle Seahawks have made their pick at No. 5 in the 2023 NFL Draft, selecting Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

The Seattle Seahawks have finally taken a swing at their "rare opportunity," selecting Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the No. 5 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City on Thursday.

Despite some rumblings of potentially trading down, the Seahawks stood pat and made the pick, adding a young play-maker to their budding secondary.

"There are some minor concerns about Witherspoon’s size, but his elite agility, instincts, and ability to consistently stay attached to wide receivers warrant a top 60 selection in the 2023 NFL Draft," SI's NFL Draft Bible writes on Witherspoon's evaluation.

You can view the full scouting report for Witherspoon from NFL Draft Bible below:

Witherspoon plays on both the boundary and field sides of the defense for Illinois. The dynamic cornerback takes snaps covering X, Y, and Z receivers from a combination of press coverage and off-man. The Fighting Illini trust Witherspoon to handle these diverse assignments, often with little help. The fourth-year junior is a high motor player who shows effort and leads by example in all areas. Witherspoon blocks for his teammates when they intercept passes and is quick to congratulate his fellow defenders when they make plays. He’s a high-energy talker who loves to remind wide receivers that they’re getting locked up.

The Seahawks will pick again in the first round at No. 20.

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