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Seahawks pick DE Boye Mafe, RB Kenneth Walker III back to back in 2022 NFL draft

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The Seattle Seahawks have selected Minnesota EDGE Boye Mafe with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Mafe (6-foot-4, 261 pounds) was one of the top EDGE prospects remaining on the board. He is an explosive athlete who has drawn comparisons to Rashan Gary as well as former Seattle star Michael Bennett. During his senior season at Minnesota, he totaled seven sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.

With the next pick in the draft (No. 41 overall) Seattle chose Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III. Walker was considered the second-best running back prospect in this class behind Breece Hall, who went to the Jets earlier in the round.

Walker (5-foot-10, 210 pounds) had a supremely productive season with the Spartans last year after transfering from Wake Forest. He posted 1,636 yards and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. Walker may well project as the team’s No. 2 RB behind Rashaad Penny instead of veteran Chris Carson.

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