Players selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft have been very, very good to the Seahawks.
It began in 1977, when they selected Georgia Tech running David Sims, who scored 15 touchdowns and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 1978 before a neck injury ended his career. The 1983 draft brought Sam Merriman, a linebacker from Idaho who led the team with 21 coverage tackles in 1984 and was a special teams standout until a knee injury ended his career in 1987.
In 1993, they selected Michael McCrary, a defensive end from Wake Forrest who would lead the AFC with 13.5 sacks in 1996 and team with Michael Sinclair to give the defense a potent pass-rush tandem off the edges. The 2003 draft delivered Josh Brown, who would score 100-plus points for five seasons before losing major points with the team’s fans by jumping to the rival Rams as a free agent in 2008. In 2006, they selected Ben Obomanu, who this week was labeled “one of the more underrated wide receivers in the league” by GM John Schneider.
But of the 45 players the Seahawks have selected in the seventh round of the past 36 drafts, none was better than John Harris.
The safety from Arizona State was the 173rd player selected in the 1978 draft. But he started 112 games over the next eight seasons, intercepting a conference-leading 10 passes in 1981. Harris still ranks third all-time in career interceptions (41), fourth in return yards (425) and ninth in tackles (649).
With Harris at free safety and Kenny Easley at strong safety, the Seahawks had a last line of defense that helped carry them to the AFC Championship game in 1983 and a 12-4 record in 1984.