April Madness: Springs vs. Jones

Results: Springs vs. Young

With over 1,000 votes from 24 countries cast, CB Shawn Springs (61%) was voted over LB Fredd Young (39%) in our play-in matchup.  Springs is now set to face fellow 1997 draftee Walter Jones in the second matchup of Seahawks.com’s April Madness bracket.

Today’s Matchup: Springs vs. Jones

Shawn Springs and Walter Jones arrived as almost a package deal in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft – Springs first, with the third pick overall; Jones three picks later, at No. 6.

Today, these joined-at-the-hype former teammates square off in the first real matchup of Seahawks.com’s April Madness bracket where you will determine the best draft choice in franchise history. Springs dispatched Fredd Young in their play-in matchup yesterday – when votes were received from readers in 24 countries.

Springs’ easy win over Young was somewhat surprising. Sure, Springs was one kind of “three” (third pick overall), while Young was another (third-round pick in 1984). But Young is the only player in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons – as a special teams player in ’84 and ’85 and as a linebacker in ’86 and ’87.

But Springs it is, in today’s matchup of first-round picks from the same year.

The Seahawks’ path to acquiring Springs started when then-coach Dennis Erickson attended the cornerback’s Pro Day workout at Ohio State. Erickson returned and told Randy Mueller that he wanted Springs, with a tagline that went something like this: “And I don’t care what you have to do to get him.”

Mueller, who had GM power without the title, had secured the pick necessary to move up to the third spot by trading QB Rick Mirer to the Chicago Bears for a first-round pick (No. 11 overall). Mueller then sent that pick, as well as picks in the second, third and fourth rounds, to the Atlanta Falcons for their first-round pick (No. 3) and a third-round pick.

The road that led to Jones becoming a Seahawk also involved a trade, and more than just a little luck.

Mueller thought he had a trade with the New York Jets in place for the No. 6 pick overall. But when he called the Jets, they informed him the pick had already been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before Mueller could take his hand off the phone after hanging up, it rang. On the other end was a representative from the Bucs offering the pick to the Seahawks – for less than the Jets were asking. So the Seahawks swapped their own first-round pick (No. 12 overall) and a third-rounder to move into the sixth spot and select Jones.

Now, it’s Springs vs. Jones for the right to move to the second round – where one of them will face the winner of tomorrow’s Lofa Tatupu vs. Brian Blades matchup.

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