There was no one else who could claim this spot. McDougald came up with the Seahawks second and third interceptions against the Broncos. There are safeties who don’t even get two interceptions in a season, but McDougald managed to snag two in one game. That’s pretty rare and impressive.
2017 was McDougald’s first season in Seattle. While he played in all 16 games he only started nine, filling in for injured players. Prior too 2017 he’d been a starter for two seasons in Tampa Bay where he played on a mediocre defense. His best season as a pro came in 2016.
On top of his two interceptions McDougald also contributed five solo tackles and two passes defensed. He has big shoes to fill this season as he has to replace the production of Kam Chancellor, who will not be returning to the football field because of a neck injury he sustained last season. If the Seahawks are going to make the postseason, McDougald will have to elevate his game to a higher level, or at least match his 2016 success.
I’d also like to give Michael Dickson a honorable mention. The rookie punter averaged 59 yards per punt on six attempts Sunday. Four of those punts ended up inside the Denver 20 yard line. Dickson actually outplayed the Broncos star punter, Marquette King. If only punters could score points, maybe the Seahawks would’ve pulled out the victory.