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What’s the best single day in Seahawks draft history?

Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson

In past years, we’ve asked you to weigh-in on the best selections by round in the NFL Draft for the Seahawks, and also to vote on the best draft choice in franchise history.

But which was the single best day in the draft for the Seahawks?

The idea for this poll was planted during a hallway conversation at Virginia Mason Athletic Center with one of the team’s scouts, as we discussed what the team was able to accomplish on the second day of the 2012 draft.

That’s when Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were selected in the second and third rounds. If you’re not familiar with their contributions to the team going 11-5 during the regular season and winning the franchise’s first road playoff game since 1983, well, you probably have no business voting in this poll.

But as a not-so-subtle reminder: Wagner led the Seahawks’ No. 4-ranked defense in tackles and finished second in balloting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year; while Wilson tied the NFL rookie record by throwing 26 touchdown passes and finished third in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But was that the best single-day draft performance in club history? Here are three others to consider:

1990: The Seahawks began the day by trading up to the No. 3 spot in the first round with the Patriots to select defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, who became the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer. But before that first day was over, the Seahawks also had added linebacker Terry Wooden and strong safety Robert Blackmon (second round) and eventual Pro Bowl running back Chris Warren (fourth round).

2010: In the first draft under GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, in the first draft where it was expanded to three days and the first round only was conducted on the first day, the Seahawks selected Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung with the sixth pick overall and then added All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas with the 14th pick.

1997: The Seahawks also had two first-round picks this year, and used them to selected Pro Bowl cornerback Shawn Springs (third pick overall) and All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones (sixth pick). While Springs was a solid starter for seven seasons, Jones was voted to more Pro Bowls (nine) than any player in franchise history and already has had his No. 71 retired. The 1-2 punch of Springs and Jones also trumps the other two years when the team had two picks in the first round – 2000 (Shaun Alexander and Chris McIntosh) and 2001 (Koren Robinson and Steve Hutchinson).

But which one day was the best day? You make the call …

Cortez Kennedy, Terry Wooden, Chris WarrenEarl Thomas, Russell OkungWalter Jones, Shawn SpringsBobby Wagner, Russell Wilson


On this date: Brown kicks Seahawks to victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 3:

Josh Brown

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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On this date: Warren runs Seahawks past Steelers

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 25:

1994 – Chris Warren runs for 126 yards and a touchdown, while the defense intercepts four passes in a 30-13 win over the Steelers. The game is played at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus after falling ceiling tiles forced the closure of the Kingdome. Orlando Watters returns his interception 35 yards for a TD and linebacker Terry Wooden has 12 tackles.


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After all these years, they’re still ‘The Rookie Club’

CANTON, Ohio – They arrived in the 1990 NFL Draft from various corners of the college football landscape, but the bond between Cortez Kennedy, Robert Blackmon, Terry Wooden and Chris Warren was almost as instant as it has been lasting.

They dubbed themselves “The Rookie Club,” and they are having a reunion here this weekend because Kennedy is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight – with the nationally televised event from Fawcett Stadium set to kickoff at 4 p.m., PDT.

Kennedy was the third pick overall in that fateful draft out of the University of Miami. He was voted to eight Pro Bowls during his 11-season career with the Seahawks, named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and also selected to the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s.

The second round delivered Blackmon, the strongest of strong safeties from Baylor who would lead the team in interceptions in 1995 and start 96 games in seven seasons; and Wooden, a do-it-all linebacker from Syracuse who would lead the team in tackles in 1995 and start 87 games in seven seasons. Warren, a steal of a fourth-round pick out of Ferrum, led the team in punt and kickoff returns for three seasons before becoming a 1,000-yard rusher from 1992-95. He also was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

These cornerstone players are here to show their support for Kennedy because, well, that’s what “The Rookie Club” has always been about – taking care of, and looking out for, one another.

“Cortez is deserving of it,” Wooden, who now scouts for the Saints, said Friday night as he was leaving the event where Kennedy was presented his gold Hall of Fame jacket. “I got emotional when he finally made it to the Hall, because he was a good player but he’s an even better person.

“America really never got to see Cortez Kennedy, because he played in the 90s before you had Direct TV and the national coverage that the Seahawks get now. I think America missed out on seeing a pretty dominant player. Tez would have made it earlier if more people had actually seen him play.

“If they had, it would have been a no-brainer.”


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Friday cyber surfing: It’s all about the rookies

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 11:

The Seahawks’ rookies have reported and will practice today for the first of three times in their weekend minicamp. Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a look at how coach Pete Carroll relishes this look at the rookies: “ ‘It’s going to be really cool to see these guys come together,’ Carroll said. ‘There are so many highlight players in this group of kids. We can’t wait to get them on the field with us.’ Most eyes will be on (Bruce) Irvin, a speed pass rusher, and quarterback (Russell) Wilson, two players who were considered surprise selections by national NFL observers – particularly where they were taken in the draft. For Irvin, the focus will be on how long it takes for him to develop into a consistent pass rusher and an every-down player in order to live up to his draft status. In Wilson’s case, his 5-foot-11 stature and ability to deliver accurate passes from inside the pocket will be a constant measuring stick of his success in the NFL.”

Chris Burke at SI.com takes a look at the undrafted free agents who could turn into finds for the teams that signed them, including the Seahawks: “Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington. We’re kind of on a run of guys catching on with their local teams. Seattle fans ought to be well-aware of Kearse after a strong career at Washington. He has good size and will go over the middle — valuable traits for a team searching for WR help. Others to watch: Rishaw Johnson, G, California (Pa.); DeShawn Shead, DE, Portland State”

During a chat at ESPN.com, NFC West blogger Mike Sando fielded a question about the Seahawks’ creativity in player acquisition: “The 49ers converted Bruce Miller from college defensive end to fullback and got good play from him last season. Miller had not played offense since high school. (J.R.) Sweezy, like Miller, was a later-round pick. Teams have greater freedom to experiment with later-round choices. The key is to be creative without over-thinking things. More broadly, the concern in building around specialized or somewhat unique players – think Red Bryant for Seattle – is that specialized players can be tough to replace if injured. However, that is where staff flexibility can make up the difference. The Seahawks seem to have a good defensive staff and approach. Another potential concern relative to Sweezy is what the move represents: a clear push by an assistant coach to get a player he liked. Tom Cable also drove the selection of James Carpenter a year ago. Drafting players to fit the staff is important, but we should also watch to see if assistants have too much sway.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the selection of linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round, which follows a productive trend for the team: “There’s not just a precedent, it’s a productive precedent. In 2005, Lofa Tatupu – who played for Carroll at USC – was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice. He not only started as a rookie, he was the leading tackler on the franchise’s first Super Bowl team – the first of a club-record four consecutive seasons that the too-small, too-slow Tatupu would lead the Seahawks in tackles. In 1977, Terry Beeson was a second-round draft choice, and he also led the team in tackles as a rookie – the first of three consecutive seasons Beeson would do it, including a still-franchise record 153 tackles in 1978. In 1978, Keith Butler was selected in the second round of the draft, and he became the franchise’s all-time leading tackler by the time he left after the 1987 season (a total since surpassed by Eugene Robinson). In 1987, Dave Wyman was the team’s second-round draft choice, and he finished second on the team in tackles in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, Terry Wooden was selected in the second round, and he led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and finished second in 1993 and 1994 – although it was as an outside ’backer. But you get the picture; second-round linebackers have been very, very good for the Seahawks.”

We’ve also got an item on how coach Pete Carroll surprised the veterans on Thursday, as well as birthday wishes for Jim Zorn that includes a must-see NFL Films video.

Remember free agency? It’s still going on, and Jason La Canfora at NFL.com has a look at the best remaining players, and where they might fit best.


And the best second-round pick is …

Sherman Smith. Terry Beeson. Keith Butler. Brian Blades. Terry Wooden. Kevin Mawae. Lofa Tatupu. John Carlson.

Each was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Each delivered results befitting a first-round pick. But which player was the best second-round pick in franchise history?

Smith, a quarterback at Miami of Ohio, was a member of the team’s initial draft class in 1976. After switching to running back in his rookie training camp, all he did was lead the team in rushing five times, including the Seahawks’ first four seasons. Beeson, a middle linebacker, came in the second draft in 1977 and led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons – including a still franchise-record 153 in 1978. The following year delivered Butler, another linebacker who was the team’s all-time leading tackler when he left after the 1987 season.

In 1988, Blades was the team’s top draft choice because the Seahawks had used their first-round pick to select linebacker Brian Bosworth in the 1987 supplemental draft. But Blades led the team in receiving five times, remains No. 2 on the team’s all-time list in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620) behind Hall of Famer Steve Largent, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1989 and elected to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

Wooden, an outside linebacker, was part of the 1990 draft that was headlined by the trade to acquire Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with the third pick overall and also included running back Chris Warren and strong safety Robert Blackmon – aka “The Rookie Club.” Wooden started 87 games in seven seasons, led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and also finished second twice. Mawae started at guard as a rookie in 1994 and also 1995 before moving to center in 1996 and 1997.

Carlson, a tight end who arrived in 2008, holds the franchise single-season records for the position receptions (55 in ’08), receiving yards (627 in ’08) and TD catches (seven in 2009).

But the best-of pick has to be Tatupu, who arrived in 2005 – just in time to help lead the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl. The middle linebacker is the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08) and also was voted to three Pro Bowls.

Tatupu was released last year, Carlson spent the season on injured reserve and each is with a new team – the Falcons and Vikings, respectively. But their impact is undeniable, as each was voted to the 35th Anniversary team.

And Steve Raible definitely deserves honorable mention. A second-round pick in 1976, an injury ended Raible’s career after only six seasons, but he has remained with the Seahawks as first the analyst and now play-by-play man for team’s radio broadcasts.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 3:

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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