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Pre-Snap Reads 5/17: Which rookie will have the biggest impact for the Seahawks?


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Rookie minicamp has concluded and talk turns to the potential of each draft pick’s impact on the Seattle Seahawks’ roster. Cameron Young and Mike Morris have bulked up in preparation for new roles in the NFL. Jaxon Smith-Njigba looks to take his place amongst the Seahawk WRs. Derick Hall and Devon Witherspoon may become instant starters which brings its own set of unique challenges. The days ahead will only solidify the roles our rookies will play. Injuries will push a few of them into action sooner than expected. How will things pan out for our newly minted and fine-feathered friends? Only Future Man knows for sure! Thanks for being here.

Seahawks News

Jaxon Smith-Njigba: Let the story begin - Seaside Joe
Getting into the history and beginning of the Seahawks' newest and shiniest offensive weapon

New, bigger Cameron Young, Mike Morris already in new, needed roles on Seahawks’ defense - The News Tribune
Both have added weight. Pete Carroll, Clint Hurtt want their rookie 4th- and 5th-round draft picks bigger for the defensive line.

Curtis Allen on the cap and realizing value for Seattle « Seahawks Draft Blog
Fresh off the draft and with the bulk of free agency complete, I wanted to share some thoughts on the 2023 roster the Seahawks have put together when it comes to the on-field product the team will roll out this fall. There is terrific potential for a high value return all over the roster, as well as very real risk at certain spots on the roster that could actually reduce that overall value.

Rookies who could have top impact on Seahawks' success in '23 - Seattle Sports
Bump & Stacy pick which of the Seattle Seahawks' 10 drafted rookies could have the biggest impact on the team's success in 2023.

Huard: 2 top Seahawks rookies have the biggest learning curve - Seattle Sports
When looking at the Seattle Seahawks' 2023 NFL Draft class, Brock Huard sees two of their top selections as having a steep learning curve.

Rookie First Look: Defense -
Get your first glimpse of the newest Seahawks on defense at rookie minicamp.

How Seattle Aced 'Dessert Draft' With Undrafted Signings - Locked On Seahawks Podcast - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
Well-known for finding diamonds in the rough in undrafted free agency, Fantasy Pros analyst Thor Nystrom examines how John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks aced the "eighth round" once again adding marquee talent.

NFC West News

NFC West projected starters for 2023 NFL season: Seahawks closing in on 49ers? Cards, Rams in limbo -
Can the Seahawks close the gap on the 49ers? Are the Rams moving in reverse? What should we expect from the Cardinals? Gregg Rosenthal projects the starters for every team in the NFC West.

49ers news: Will Trey Lance and Sam Darnold actually split time at OTAs? - Niners Nation
Plus, will the quarterbacks actually split reps?

Christian McCaffrey calls trade to 49ers "the best thing that ever happened to me" - ProFootballTalk
Christian McCaffrey has admitted that he initially was “angry” with the Panthers for trading him. Now, after 14 games (including the postseason) and seven months with the 49ers, the star running back is counting his blessings.

One Way That the 49ers Defense Will Improve Under DC Steve Wilks - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
One way that the 49ers defense will specifically see Wilks' element and even improve at is with blitzing.

Arizona Cardinals Have Most Expensive WR Room in NFL - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
When it comes to money allocated at the WR room, nobody can beat the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals’ 2023 Draft Analytics: Paris Johnson Jr. - Revenge of the Birds
When Monti Ossenfort was named the Arizona Cardinals’ new GM, he said that he was going to change the team’s draft talent evaluation process and align it system wide with the personnel execs, team...

Rams trading Jalen Ramsey is loss that hurts the most, but there’s more - Turf Show Times
LA is embracing the youth movement, especially after parting with several veterans on defense

Los Angeles Rams O-Line? Andrew Whitworth ‘Loves’ Steve Avila, Predicts ‘Surprise’ Success - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
Andrew Whitworth believes that the Los Angeles Rams offensive line will "be a lot better" in the 2023 season.

Around The NFL

NFL: 5 second-year players ready to make a big leap in 2023 - Yahoo Sports
One of the exciting parts about a new season is seeing guys become comfortable in the NFL following their rookie year. The 2022 NFL Draft saw a host of talented players enter the league, with a lot of guys ready to head into their sophomore seasons with either things to prove or a solid base to grow.

Bengals QB Joe Burrow wants to keep him and WRs Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase together: 'We're working to make that happen' - Yahoo Sports
Burrow is thinking big picture rather than big stacks.

Dissecting the Cowboys: Understanding 4-year conveyor belt of NFL roster building - The Athletic
The Cowboys have a lot of money invested in a handful of players — like many teams — and that number will grow with key decisions ahead.

XFL, NFL signing tracker: Hakeem Butler, Ben DiNucci, more - ESPN
With the 2023 XFL season having concluded, many of its players are eliciting NFL interest. Here are XFL players who have signed so far, including Ben DiNucci and Bryce Thompson.

Broncos running back group lacking depth beyond Williams, Perine - ESPN
The Denver Broncos are optimistic about Javonte Williams' return but are looking to continue to build depth on their roster.

Predicting post-NFL draft moves: Potential signings, trades - ESPN
Bill Barnwell looks at 14 signings, trades and extensions that could happen before training camp, including a fit for Ezekiel Elliott.

2023 NFL season: Bengals, Eagles among teams likeliest to replace Chiefs as Super Bowl champs -
Which teams have the best chance of replacing the Chiefs as NFL champions when Super Bowl LVIII rolls around? Jeffri Chadiha eyes the seven strongest candidates, including Joe Burrow's Bengals.

Projecting all 32 NFL starting lineups ahead of the 2023 season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
With the opening stages of free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, NFL rosters are finally starting to take shape, giving us an opportunity to project the starting lineups for every NFL team heading into next season.