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Are John Schneider’s miracle drafts behind him?

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks-Minicamp
just draft me next time, johnny, ok
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Final poll of the series (tomorrow, we recap some of the most interesting things these past 80 or so polls have taught us) tackles a subject that might keep your fanhood up at night.

John Schneider and his crew -- are they still very good/otherworldly at drafting? Or are their best times in the rear view mirror of our non-all-terrain vehicle?

A brief history of Schneider-led drafts:

2010: Earl Thomas, Russell Okung in the first round. Golden Tate in the second, Walter Thurmond in the fourth, Kam Chancellor in the fifth. Total and complete jackpot. 10/10 at least

2011: K.J. Wright in the fourth, Richard Sherman in the fifth, Byron Maxwell in the sixth and Malcolm Smith in the seventh. Also, competent offensive lineman James Carpenter in the first. Still 10/10 but we would also accept 9.5 in a pinch.

2012: Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin. Don’t forget about later picks Robert Turbin (4th), Jeremy Lane (6th) and competent offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy (7th). 12/10

2013: Luke Willson and Christine Michael, and... that’s basically it. Spencer Ware but he’s a Chief. Jordan Hill but he didn’t last. Not 10/10. Not even 5/10

2014: Justin Britt, Paul Richardson and Cassius Marsh. A good lineman and some depth. The others are all gone, and not making waves elsewhere, either. Yay? Not really. Also under 5/10

2015: Very incomplete. Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, Mark Glowinski add an uncertain amount of value. How much will be determined in large part by their 2017 production. In any case, it’s hardly a 2010, 2011 or 2012 haul. It’s also better-looking than 2013 and 2014. X/10

2016: Incomplete. Totally incomplete. People. It’s only been one year.

2017: Whatever comes earlier than “incomplete.”

Today’s poll, our final one, contains many options. Be as optimistic, pessimistic, realistic as you’d like. It’s your vote. Guard it.


Which assessment of the Seahawks’ draft team, led by John Schneider, most closely matches your opinion?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    They’re elite, a fact they’ve proven multiple times
    (297 votes)
  • 36%
    They’re good and they also got a little lucky in 2010-2012, which helps
    (655 votes)
  • 19%
    They’re still good, but they got a LOT lucky in 2010-2012
    (358 votes)
  • 1%
    They’re all right
    (25 votes)
  • 1%
    Neutral. Most drafts across the league are luck-based (amirite Ryan Grigson?)
    (23 votes)
  • 9%
    It’s mildly worrisome that their recent drafts have failed to yield much starting talent
    (170 votes)
  • 4%
    The turnover in the draft room is showing and now the quality of player being brought in is suffering. It’s a concern
    (77 votes)
  • 2%
    I’m no longer confident in their drafting acumen. Too many duds recently
    (53 votes)
  • 8%
    The Seahawks might be fine at drafting, but their emphasis on accumulating more picks rather than higher picks is counterproductive to finding the talent they need at this stage
    (153 votes)
1811 votes total Vote Now