Khalil Garriott and Alex Gelhar recently wrote an embarrassing story on NFL.com about the top five best and worst draft picks in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. Their five best picks are Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Shaun Alexander, Steve Hutchinson and Curt Warner.
You can’t argue against Kennedy because he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You can’t argue against Jones or Hutchinson because they will eventually join Kennedy in Canton. While some may not have liked the running style of Alexander, he did put up great numbers and was named NFL MVP in 2005.
Although Warner is my personal favorite running back in team history, I do have a problem with how Garriott wrote about his selection. He wrote: “I didn’t really want to put Warner on this list, but let’s be honest — it’s slim pickings when you’re talking about the very best draft picks” in the history of the Seahawks. He went on to state that “He (Warner) did make it to three Pro Bowls, though, so his body of work earns him a spot rounding out the list.”
Apparently Garriott has never heard of a player by the name of Kenny Easley. His assertion that Warner making three Pro Bowls earns him a spot on the list is ignorance at its very best because the last time I checked it was better to make five Pro Bowls, like Easley did, than three of them, which is the case for Warner. In fact, Easley was named an All Pro four times to only once for Warner.
Easley was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 was also named to the All-Decade Team of the 1980s. That’s hardly what I’d call “slim pickings.”
Gelhar focused on the five worst draft picks in franchise history with them being Dan McGwire, Aaron Curry, Koren Robinson, Owen Gill and Rick Mirer. McGwire and Curry are no-brainers for biggest busts, while Mirer was most definitely a bust himself the Seahawks were able to trade him to the Chicago Bears for a first round draft pick which helped to alleviate some of the sting from using the second overall pick in 1993 to secure his services.
Brian Bosworth comes to mind as a bust like Curry in terms that he cost the team a pick in addition to signing a huge rookie contract. However, he may have been intentionally left off the list due to being chosen in the 1987 supplemental draft although it did cost the Seahawks a first round pick the following year.
While Gill was most definitely a bust, he was also a late pick in the second round. It is rather pathetic that he couldn’t even make the team out of training camp, but his draft position hardly makes him a bust to the degree of a former first round draft pick like Ray Roberts who was taken with the 10th overall pick in 1992.
Roberts was drafted to play left tackle and played four years with the Seahawks. I used to sometimes wonder if the team would have been better off playing with 10 players on offense because that is how bad he was. He could get penalty flags for starting plays early, holding during the play, or simply being a turnstile for defensive ends to run around on their way to the quarterback. I’m obviously not serious about the Seahawks having been better playing shorthanded, but the point is that he was a horrible use of a 10th overall pick.
Chris McIntosh is another wasted first round pick that comes to mind. He started just 13 games in his short NFL career mainly due to a neck injury and never became the offensive tackle that Mike Holmgren envisioned him to be when he was taken 22nd overall in the 2000 draft.
Any of these busts should have taken the place of Robinson on this list. While Robinson was certainly a disappointment and didn’t live up to expectations, he did manage to have a sophomore season of 78 receptions for 1,240 yards in 2002. While he regressed the following year, he still managed 68 receptions for 896 yards.
The contributions of Robinson are way more than anything Roberts or McIntosh, among a few others, ever contributed for the Seahawks. This another example of national experts not really knowing what they write about when it concerns the Seahawks.