It’s draft day! While the Seahawks have recently made their money in the later rounds of the draft, they’ve made some pretty solid first round picks over the years as well. Without further ado, the top 5 first round draft picks in Seahawks history.
1) Walter Jones (1997)
Number one is a no-brainer. Taken with the 6th pick in the 1997 draft, Big Walt is one of the most dominant players in NFL history and (for now) the undisputed Seahawks GOAT.
2) Earl Thomas (2010)
While ET3 didn’t play in Seattle quite as long as some of the other players on this list, he climbs to number 2 because of his role as the defensive anchor of the greatest teams in Seahawks history.
3) Cortez Kennedy (1990)
Drafted by the Seahawks with the 3rd pick of the 1990 draft, Kennedy is the greatest defensive lineman in team history and was one of the few bright spots Seattle had in the 1990’s, winning Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 despite the Seahawks’ 2-14 record.
4) Shaun Alexander (2000)
Though he ran behind 2 Hall of Fame offensive lineman, Shaun Alexander was a special runner in his own right. His shifty style and zero-to-sixty acceleration were catalysts for the successful offenses under Coach Holmgren in the early 2000’s. Shaun also remains the only NFL MVP in Seahawks history.
5) Kenny Easley (1981)
One of 5 players inducted into the Hall of Fame as Seahawks, Kenny Easley was Seattle’s first bona fide defensive superstar. Though his prime was relatively short, he was a four-time first team All-Pro and five time-pro bowler during the 80’s. Known as a ballhawk with a penchant for hard hits, the Enforcer set an example emulated by the Legion of Boom thirty years later.
Honorable mentions: Steve Hutchinson (2001), Curt Warner (1983), Marcus Trufant (2003)
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