Peter King’s MMQB unveiled the results of their NFL All-Time Draft on Monday. The draft had 12 participants selecting through 25 rounds of players, and a final round for coaches. The draft was full of odd selections and sleepers that would make your league champion blush. In total, eight Seattle Seahawks were selected - not including players such as Franco Harris, Devin Hester and Jerry Rice who each played a season with the team at the end of their career’s.
Before we get into the Seahawks selected, some oddities:
- Gil Brandt, long-time Dallas Cowboys personnel man and draft Godfather, ended up with the two best pure football players of all-time in Jim Brown and Walter Payton.
- Dan Fouts selected Hall of Fame punter Ray Guy with the fourth overall selection, before going for kicker Jan Stenerud in the round four.
- Again, the quarterback who led one of the most high-flying and entertaining offenses in the history of the sport spent two of his first four picks on specialists.
- The first quarterback taken was Tom Brady, selected by Peter King ninth overall, starting a run of five quarterbacks to end round one/begin round two.
- O.J. Simpson didn’t make it out of round two.
- Bill Belichick was the ninth (!) coach selected.
There will be a few more odds and ends to go over, but first the recap of Seattle Seahawks selected:
The first Seahawk selected was Walter Jones, taken by long-time Packers beat writer Bob McGinn in the sixth round. He was followed by Cortez Kennedy two selections later, taken by former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian. Soon-to-be Hall of Famer Kenny Easley came off the board next, getting selected by Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin in round 10. Rounding out the Seattle Hall of Famers was Steve Largent, getting selected by Peter King in the thirteenth round.
Next up, living proof that even poison pills can get better with time, former Seahawk Steve Hutchinson was taken in the seventeenth round by John Turney from the Pro Football Journal. Red Bryant’s father-in-law was next, when Dan Fouts selected Jacob Green in round 19 — which some would argue is better value than a punter fourth overall. Later in the same round, the first active Seattle player was drafted when Turney drafted his second Seahawk, cornerback Richard Sherman.
Rounding out the list of Seattle Seahawks drafted was former center Kevin Mawae, who was taken by Gosselin in the twenty-second round.
Eight Seahawks taken in total, plus two Hall of Famers who bowed out in a Seattle uniform and the best kick returner of all-time. Not a bad haul for a team that was relatively without history up until five years ago.
Final thoughts on the players from Seattle drafted:
- It was surprising to me that Richard Sherman was the only active player selected - I think Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner have an argument that could be made - especially when you consider players such as Greg Olsen, Johnny Hekker, Darren Sproles and Patrick Peterson were selected.
- For those scoring at home, Walter Jones was taken one pick after Jonathan Ogden but before tackles such as Willie Roaf, Joe Thomas, Orlando Pace and Jackie Slater.
- I agree with the order that the Hall of Fame players went: Jones, Kennedy, Easley and then Largent seems about right. The argument could be made to flip Easley and Largent.
It would be interesting to see how the landscape of a draft like this could change in five seasons. Wagner, Thomas, Russell Wilson and perhaps Kam Chancellor could find themselves selected in a future edition of this draft. Marshawn Lynch could be one of the running backs taken if he can put a team on his back for another deep playoff run or two. Hell, Pete Carroll could even knockoff one of the head coaches and take his place on the sideline for one of the all-time rosters. For now, eight Seattle Seahawks find themselves among the game’s all-time elite.