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A history of Seahawks first-round draft picks

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on April 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm with 37 Comments »
April 26, 2012 4:09 pm

Here’s a year-by-year look at the Seahawks’ first-round draft picks.

Note: The Seahawks did not have a first-round pick in 2007, 1988 or 1985. And the Seahawks had two first-rounders in 2010, 2001, 2000 and 1997.

2011James Carpenter (25th)TAlabama
2010Russell Okung (10th)TOklahoma State
2010Earl Thomas (14th)STexas
2009Aaron Curry (4th)LBWake Forest
2008Lawrence Jackson (28th)DLUSC
2006Kelly Jennings (31st)CBMiami
2005Chris Spencer (26th)CMississippi
2004Marcus Tubbs (23rd)DTTexas
2003Marcus Trufant (11th)CBWashington State
2002Jerramy Stevens (28th)TEWashington
2001Koren Robinson (9th)WRNorth Carolina
2001Steve Hutchinson (17th)GMichigan
2000Shaun Alexander (19th)RBAlabama
2000Chris McIntosh (22nd)TWisconsin
1999Lamar King (22nd)DESaginaw Valley State
1998Anthony Simmons (15th)LBClemson
1997Shawn Springs (3rd)CBOhio State
1997Walter Jones (6th)TFlorida State
1996Pete Kendall (21st)CBoston College
1995Joey Galloway (8th)WROhio State
1994Sam Adams (8th)DTTexas A&M
1993Rick Mirer (2nd)QBNotre Dame
1992Ray Roberts (10th)TVirginia
1991Dan McGwire (16th)QBSan Diego State
1990Cortez Kennedy (3rd)DTMiami
1989Andy Heck (15th)TNotre Dame
1987Tony Woods (18th)DEPittsburgh
1986John L. Williams (15th)FBFlorida
1984Terry Taylor (22nd)DBSouthern Illinois
1983Curt Warner (3rd)RBPenn State
1982Jeff Bryant (6th)DEClemson
1981Kenny Easley (4th)SUCLA
1980Jacob Green (10th)DETexas A&M
1979Manu Tuiasosopo (18th)DTUCLA
1978Keith Simpson (9th)DBMemphis
1977Steve August (14th)TTulsa
1976Steve Niehaus (2nd)DTNotre Dame

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Interesting, only 7 5th or below picks and 16 times 10th or better. both those include the expansion pick in 76

  2. 2012 Whitney Mercilus (22) DE Illinios

  3. chrisj122 says:

    I’m afraid Coples will be another LoJack and Coples isn’t ugly enough.

    Give me Ingram, he just looks ugly and mean.

    Although still holding out for DeCastro.

  4. SeahawkGreg says:

    Look at that streak of BLECH from 2004 to 2009, albeit some in hindsight. Ugghh…and you don’t even want to see the list of players we “could have” had instead.

    I hated the Tubbs, Jennings and Jackson picks…and was very down on Curry.

    Schneider and Carroll have done much better in the 1st, although the jury is still out on Okung and Carpenter obviously.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Tubbs was a great pick, just unlucky with injuries. (As was McIntosh.) I never hold injuries against the player or the GM…it’s an unknowable part of the equation before making a pick and completely dependent upon luck.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    ’80 to ’83 was a nice stretch. ’91, ’92, ’93… lol. Dear god.

  7. Funny how every time the Seahawks had 2 First Round Draft picks, they came back with at least 1 HoF type player. And in 1990 when they had 2 but traded up they got an actual HoF player. And yes, I’m throwing Earl Thomas in that group prematurely.

  8. chrisj122 says:

    I remeber the Dan McGwire pick and when ever he was mentioned it prompted this response “oh, you mean Mark McGwires brother”.

  9. RDPoulsbo says:

    The Dan McGwire pick will always live in infamy with me. Chuck Knox badly wanted to draft Brett Favre, but was overruled by Ken Behring because he was friends with the McGwires. Knox resigns at the end of the season because of it and another year, they’re looking for another franchise QB.

  10. chrisj122 says:

    I agree RDPoulsbo, I think Ken Behring, I think Dan McGwire and trying to move our team to LA.

    I hate talking about the dark days of the 90’s.

  11. Ewalters7354 says:

    OMG,those are some terrible names in the Ruskell era.Smh…

  12. To be fair, Knox did NOT want to draft a qb at all: but when pressed about which qb he would have drafted if he “had” to go with a qb, he said “The kid from Mississippi”, which was Favre. Which begs the question; would Favre have been Favre without Holmgren?!

    Behring will be roasting in hell, not only for destroying the Seahawks and treating Knox badly, or for trying to take the team to LA, but for his Uber-Mondo developments that wreaked havoc on the environment and california-ized the world. And all the money he donated to charity out of guilt doesnt make up for it.

    He gets my vote for Worst Sports Team Owner EVER, just ahead of Smulyan and Nintendo and Dan Snyder.

  13. Every one of Knox’s picks did well–Tony Woods being the “worst” pick as he never was all that special and flamed out early. Most of the picks were very good to great–Green, Easley, Warner, Bryant, Heck, Taylor, Williams, and Tez were all excellent players.

    Green, Warner, and Easley were HOF’ers stuck on a team with cheap ass owners (Norstroms/Skinner Corp, then Behring). Warner’s knee injury–back when those were the death of RB’s–robbed him of his great agility and speed and dropped him from a sure-fire HOF’er to merely a very good back, a real tragedy. I remember my father cried when Warner went down, one of maybe three or four times I’ve ever seen him do that, because he knew what Warner had been robbed of: The chance at greatness.

    But a great bunch of picks, nonetheless.

  14. piperfeltcher says:

    Anyone on here thinking about going to the game in Toronto?

  15. HeinieHunter says:

    When Behring filled up the moving trucks trying to take the Hawks to LA, was also the time I dumped the seasons tickets I had since Day One! We should all pause and mentally thank Paul Allen for being a great owner. Had Knox drafted Farve and stayed to coach a few more years….it might have been amazing.

  16. chuck_easton says:


    I was thinking about it. I started a tradition of taking my son to one Seahawks game a year last year. This is our second annual trip.

    A flight to and from Toronto is a few hours more, but we stay in Canada.

    Not sure yet.

  17. oh its so hard to look at those 2005-2009 first rounders. painful. Its so good to have more faith in our FO now.

  18. yakimahawk says:

    Walter Football has just updated to Hawks selecting Michael Floyd..Any thoughts?

  19. chuck_easton says:

    my only thought…why?

    How is a WR going help the pass rush?

    (See Georgia, it’s not about DeCastro, it’s about my strong belief that only a better pass rush is going to push us to the next level).

  20. best of luck seahawk fans! the past brings me back to late april as a child, and the shattered hopes and dreams of some QB’s in the early 90’s. It brings to me the Ruskell era, terrible picks, and bad WR trades.

    here is to a great next 3 days. i am excited and pumped. here is hoping the war room is ready to rock and roll!

  21. piperfeltcher says:

    Ya I moved from Vancouver,Canada where I had season tickets for 10 years to Ottawa so this is the closest they will ever get to here.

  22. wabubba67 says:

    I don’t think that the Favre/Knox marriage would have been successful at all….talk about two completely different personalities.

    Knox’s biggest problem was that he was too good of a coach with mediocre talent, thus ensuring consistent strings of at least 9 win seasons…other than his first pick (Warner), the Seahawks were selecting from the middle of the pack when his tenure was still viable. By the time he picked Kennedy, the writing was already on the wall.

  23. wabubba67 says:

    No on Floyd…with his personal issues, he seems like Koren Robinson 2.0. A pick at #12 has to be solid both physically and mentally. You can’t afford to screw these picks up and make a SB run in a few years.

  24. After looking at that list and seeing how easy it is to select someone who never pans out, I want us to marry the girl next door with who you know you will have a good life (as long as you don’t screw it up) rather than chasing after one of those sexy names that might or might not have what you need and possibly end in a nasty divorce (ala Curry).Lets just hope she is still not engaged by the time we get a shot.
    (Thanks to BobbbyK for the analogy)
    DeCastro please come home.

  25. chrisj122 says:

    Keep hearing if Tannehill is available at 12 the Hawks are gonna take him. I hope this is just talk, if he’s there at 12 I’m gonna be very nervous.

  26. How scarred were Seahawks fans by the loss of Steve Hutchinson?

  27. boucherm says:

    I feel like Keuchly is the girl next door.
    I decided this morning that’s who I want–my wife and I are having our first kid, a boy, in a few weeks and I was thinking that’s a guy who I’d envision being here and the starting MLB when the kiddo is getting old enough to watch games. I could see that being his first jersey. The other guys I’m less sure about (except DeCastro, but what kid loves a gaurd?)

  28. pabs – VERY! People say that guards aren’t important, but his loss was HUGELY impactful.

    What I want more than anything tonight is to somehow get those two Patriot 1st rounders and take at least 1 pass rusher with them. If there’s no trade out of #12, I’ll take HutchII.

  29. Palerydr says:

    My views on best and worst. Coin flip between Easley and Jones as best with Jones as my choice. Dan McGwire, for me, is the worst. If Hawks had drafted Favre it certainly would have been an interesting dynamic between Knox and he. Knox was a no nonsense coach much like Holmgren so I would think they would have gotten along about as well as they did. I’ve watched a few tapes from when Gruden was the QB coach and how much he was a filter between Holmgren and Favre. Man that is some funny stuff.

  30. chrisj122 says:

    I will never again undervalue the O.G. postition. I was sold that bill of goods after we lost Hutch and I bought into the idea that O.G. is the least important postition O.L. I would say our O.L. is only as strong as the weakest link.

    Best player available, please.

  31. The Seahawks are going to trade their picks around screwing up everyone’s mock drafts on this board.

  32. I’m starting to like DeCastro more and more because I’m tired of seeing Ray McDonald getting his sacks against Seattle, and I think DeCastro would go a long way to helping Lynch and Flynn. Our Defense wasn’t the problem last year, but I wouldn’t mind grabbing Kuelchy or Dont’a Hightower cause we will miss Hawthorn this year more than we missed Tatupu last year.

  33. piperfeltcher says:

    5 minutes anticipation is killing me

  34. Dukeshire says:

    yakimahawk – I have said here that Floyd was a real possibility. I stopped mentioning it however, after the next ten posts would explain why it was stupid. I’d be surprised, quite honestly if they took him at 12, but he certainly fits Carroll’s profile and there is a need there.

  35. HawkfaninMT says:

    I would not mind Floyd a single bit. He would be an amazing number 2, and could develop into a really good number 1 if/when Rice takes his injury weeks

  36. RDPoulsbo says:

    I agree that Floyd is a real possibility. He’d be a big upgrade over Obo and be a great pairing with Rice on the opposite side. He’s a big body that wouldn’t be afraid to go over the middle and has the vertical to go for the jump ball. It would also mean they wouldn’t have to look for another pass catching TE. He’s #4 on my list of guys I’d want to get.

    Not the likely pick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his name was called.

  37. piperfeltcher says:

    Wow was Holmgren smokin the bong and got paranoid?? Trade 3 draft picks to move up 1 spot and take Richardson I think he was going to be there at 4

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