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March 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Recalling Seattle’s top five compensatory pick selections

As noted in the earlier blog, Seattle was not awarded any compensatory picks for the 2014 Draft, selections given to teams that had a net loss of free agents in 2013.

That won’t be the case next year, when the Seahawks will likely get the maximum four picks for their losses in free agency this season.

Getting some extra picks in rounds four through seven may not seem like that big of a deal. But there’s little doubt that knowing the haul that could be coming next year is part of Seattle’s current strategy of frugality (and recall that the picks cannot be traded, so the plan here would not be to try to load up on those to package in a trade.)

Compensatory picks were first awarded in 1994, and as this chart shows, Seattle has been middle-of-the-pack in earning them, getting 20 through the years.

Seattle hasn’t gotten a ton of impact out of those picks, but it has gotten some. Here are five notable players Seattle drafted with compensatory picks:

LB MALCOLM SMITH — Yep, Seattle’s first Super Bowl MVP was taken with a seventh-round choice in 2011 (Seattle’s biggest free agent loss that year was WR Nate Burleson). Smith was the 242nd overall pick out of 254.

LB LEROY HILL — Hill may be the most accomplished of any player Seattle has gotten with a compensatory pick, starting 89 games in his career, including nine as a rookie in the Super Bowl season of 2005. Taken in the third round in 2005, he was the only Seahawk named to a CBSSports.com All-Compensatory pick team in 2011.

OL MICHAEL BOWIE —  Maybe it seems too early to place Bowie on this list. But he was a key piece of a team that won a Super Bowl, and started and played every snap of the playoff win over the Saints. Seattle had two compensatory picks in the seventh round in 2013 and took Jared Smith with the first one and Bowie with the second. His emergence in 2013 is one reason Seattle felt comfortable enough to let Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan walk this year, departures that should help to give Seattle compensatory picks in 2015.

WR BEN OBAMANU — Obamanu was a Seahawk from 2006-11, starting 13 games, selected with a seventh-round compensatory pick in 2006.

OL FLOYD WOMACK — Womack was a fourth-round compensatory pick in 2001 and played with the Seahawks through 2008, starting 46 games, and serving as a key reserve on the 2005 Super Bowl team. And if nothing else, he had one of the best nicknames of any Seahawk in the team’s history — Pork Chop.

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