Devon Witherspoon was named the NFL defensive rookie of the month for October on Thursday, joining offensive rookie of the month Jordan Addison out of Minnesota and formerly USC.

This could have been guessed a week or 2 ago. Witherspoon, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Illinois, has been a natural since stepping on the field.

So far this season Witherspoon is up to 8 pass deflections, 1 interception, which was returned for a touchdown, 33 combined tackles and 2 sacks. A majority of that work came in the month of October.

Witherspoon was an All-American at Illinois and totaled 5 interceptions across his college career. His 2022 season was special with 3 interceptions and 14 pass deflections.

He’s been one of the top defenders of any experience level for the Seahawks this season. Seattle is 5-2 on the year and a competitor with San Francisco to win the NFC West.