The “spine of the Seahawks” built in three drafts under John Schneider & Pete Carroll

Russell Okung, Earl Thomas

NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal recently ranked what he considers to be the five NFL teams that are the best when it comes to finding talent in the NFL Draft.

Rosenthal stresses that his list is in no particular order, but the Seahawks, under the direction of general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, are conveniently  Rosenthal’s first mention.

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, NFC West rival San Fracisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and New York Giants round out Rosenthal’s top five.

On the Seahawks, Rosenthal writes:

“GM John Schneider and Pete Carroll have only been together three years, but their track record is outstanding. They see players differently than other teams. Last year’s three-pack of Bruce Irvin,

Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were all controversial picks that didn’t fit the traditional mold. They were all outstanding.

2011 was a shakier draft, but they found an All-Pro cornerback in Richard Sherman in the fifth round. That’s also the round they found Kam Chancellor in their first draft in 2010. That crop included Earl Thomas and Russell Okung. The spine of the Seahawks were built in three drafts.”

Twenty-two of Schneider and Carroll’s 28 total picks from the last three years remain on the Seahawks’ current roster. Four of their picks have been named to the Pro Bowl (Okung, Thomas, Chancellor, Wilson). Three have been named first-team All-Pro (Okung, Thomas, Sherman). And 10 of their 28 picks were listed as starters on the Seahawks’ depth chart heading into last year’s divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Below is a pick-by-pick rundown of the Seahawks’ drafts guided by Schneider and Carroll.

2010:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 6 Russell Okung 6-5 310 T Oklahoma State
1 14 Earl Thomas 5-10 202 S Texas
2 60 Golden Tate 5-10 202 WR Notre Dame
4 111 Walter Thurmond 5-11 190 CB Oregon
4 127 E.J. Wilson 6-3 289 DE North Carolina
5 133 Kam Chancellor 6-3 232 S Virginia Tech
6 185 Anthony McCoy 6-5 259 TE USC
7 236 Dexter Davis 6-1 244 DE Arizona St.
7 245 Jameson Konz 6-3 234 WR Kent. St.

2011:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 25 James Carpenter 6-5 321 T Alabama
3 75 John Moffitt 6-4 319 G Wisconsin
4 99 K.J. Wright 6-4 246 LB Mississippi St.
4 107 Kris Durham 6-6 216 WR Georgia
5 154 Richard Sherman 6-3 195 CB Stanford
5 156 Mark LeGree 6-0 211 S Appalachian St.
6 173 Byon Maxwell 6-1 207 CB Clemson
7 205 Pep Levingston 6-4 292 DE LSU
7 242 Malcolm Smith 6-0 226 LB USC

2012:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 15 Bruce Irvin 6-3 248 DE West Virginia
2 47 Bobby Wagner 6-0 241 LB Utah State
3 75 Russell Wilson 5-11 206 QB Wisconsin
4 106 Robert Turbin 5-10 222 RB Utah State
4 114 Jaye Howard 6-3 301 DE Florida
5 154 Korey Toomer 6-2 234 LB Idaho
6 172 Jeremy Lane 6-0 190 CB NW Louisiana
6 181 Winston Guy 6-1 218 S Kentucky
7 225 JR Sweezy 6-5 298 G North Carolina St.
7 232 Greg Scruggs 6-3 284 DE Louisville

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