Thursday Round-Up: ESPN Ranks Tariq Woolen As No. 6 Most-Impressive Rookie of 2022 – Seahawks.com

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Good morning, 12s. Here’s a look at what’s out there today — Thursday, October 13 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
It’s safe to say the Seahawks are thoroughly impressed with their 2022 fifth-round selection, cornerback Tariq Woolen. Through the first five weeks of his career, Woolen has recorded all three of Seattle’s interceptions, along with a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. Woolen’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed, especially not by ESPN’s staff, who ranks Woolen as the No.6 most-impressive rookie thus far for the 2022 season.
The ESPN team gathered to select the rookies who have shined the most through five weeks, based on a set of criteria, while also highlighting some potential rookie risers.
So how do the rookies stack up so far? Let’s rank the top 10 coming out of Week 5. We polled our own Matt Bowen, Jeff Legwold, Matt Miller and Jordan Reid for their personal lists and combined them to make a consensus ranking of the top 10 rookies. Our experts then weighed in on each player who made the list, along with a few who just fell short. Finally, they picked out a riser to watch, an underperforming first-rounder and an overperforming late-rounder and took a quick look at the first-year quarterback situations.
ESPN analyst and insider Jordan Reid breaks down Woolen’s placement on the list and his contributions to Seattle’s defense thus far.
Stats: 17 tackles, 3 INTs, 4 passes defended, 1 TD, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked kick
Drafted: No. 153
Why he’s here: The on-the-ball production jumps out on tape for a rookie. He now has an interception in three straight games (tied for second in the NFL) and he took one to the house in a Week 4 win over Detroit. With his rare physical tools for the position, Woolen has tremendous upside as a playmaking defensive back. — Bowen
Going forward: Considering his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size and explosive traits, many were surprised to see Woolen slip to the fifth round. But he sure seems like a steal so far as a starter for the Seahawks. Woolen has been one of the bright spots on a lackluster defense, and he has a lot of upside as he continues his development. _– Reid _
Once again!!! 3rd week IN A ROW!!!! @_Tariqwoolen!!! The freak! He and @CobyBryant8_ are having impact every week!
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Woolen seems to do something electrifying every week for Seattle, as the Seahawks defense continues to figure things out. While Seattle gets this season’s affairs in order, the future continues to look bright.
As the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest once said, “Check the Rhime Y’all.” Seahawks rookie cornerbacks Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen star in the Seahawks Showdown Rhyme Challenge.
A competition off the field between the rookies! 🗣

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Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen has made himself a contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: The Seahawks will have no choice but to keep quarterback Geno Smith long term.
K.J. Wright of Seattle Sports 710AM: Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith playing well enough for long-term deal.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Bruce Irvin is back in Seattle and could possibly play vs Arizona Cardinals.
The Seahawks practiced at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on October 12, 2022. Seahawks practice photos are presented by Gatorade.
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