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Best draft picks in Seattle Seahawks history, ranked

The Seattle Seahawks have seven picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Three of those picks are in the first two rounds. Every year, the draft offers the chance for teams to add a plethora of talent and depth to their team.

No team is perfect when it comes to evaluating and drafting talent. However, the Seahawks have done exceptionally well in this respect. Especially in recent years which leads to the franchise having a host of great picks throughout their history.

5. Kenny Easley 

The fact that the 1984 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is fifth on this list is impressive in itself. After a standout career at UCLA, the Seahawks drafted the 6-foot-3, 206-pound safety with the fourth overall pick in the 1981 draft.

Easley was an immediate impact player for Seattle and by year two, he was already a Pro Bowler. It’s a shame that Easley’s career lasted only seven seasons. But he made those seasons count making five Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams and recently being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

4. Cortez Kennedy

Another top-five pick for the Seahawks that turned out to be a home run, Kennedy was selected third overall by Seattle in the 1990 draft.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle would truly breakout in his second season. And after that, he was a regular on the Pro Bowl and All-Pro lists.

Arguably the best defensive tackle of his era, Kennedy racked up 92 tackles, 14 sacks and four forced fumbles in 1992 on his way to being named AP Defensive Player of the Year.

Kennedy would play all 11 of his seasons in Seattle and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2012.

3. Richard Sherman

Despite having tremendous size at the cornerback position (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman slipped all the way to the fifth round of the 2012 draft. The Seahawks would select him with the 154th overall pick and the rest is history.

Sherman quickly separated himself as an elite corner in the NFL after three-straight First-Team All-Pro seasons from 2012-2014. The former fifth-round pick was widely considered the best CB in football..He recorded an impressive 16 interceptions in just a two-year span and was a nightmare for opposing receivers to go up against.

While Sherman is no longer on the Seahawks, he led the fearsome Legion of Boom and is still a top cornerback in the NFL today at 32 years old.

2. Walter Jones

Offensive linemen are never an exciting pick but they certainly are necessary. Seattle drafted one early in 1997 when they selected Florida State left tackle Walter Jones with the sixth overall pick.

While the pick may not have been an exciting one, it sure was the right one. Jones was a slatwart on the Seahawks offensive line for over a decade and in 12 seasons with the team made nine Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams.

Jones helped pave the way for monster seasons from the likes of Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck and often doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

1. Russell Wilson

Despite a spectacular final season at the University of Wisconsin, Wilson’s 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame forced him to drop to pick No. 75 in the third round of the 2012 draft. The pick was criticized by many at the time. But Wilson would prove the doubters wrong and is now one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

The undersized signal-caller has made the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons. And he has carried the Seahawks’ offense at times where his supporting cast has been less than stellar.

The former third-round pick led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory and 2014 and nearly another the following season.