We’re now 25 days away from the beginning of the NFL Draft on May 8.
So we figured we’d count down the days by counting down the Top 25 draft picks in Seahawks history.
This exercise will be devoted solely to players the team drafted, so that eliminates players the Seahawks acquired in trades (such as Steve Largent) or via free agency (such as Dave Krieg) or claimed off waivers (Jim Zorn).
As for how the list was compiled, like any such ranking, it’s pretty darn subjective. We tend to think of best draft picks as late-rounders who turned out to be much more productive than anyone thought, and this list will have more than a few of those. But as, say, Oakland’s selection of JaMarcus Russell proved anew, it’s not as easy as it seems like it ought to be to hit on the high first-rounders. So there will be a few of those on here, as well.
We’ll start with one of the better late-round picks of the Seahawks’ early era:
NO. 25: OFFENSIVE TACKLE RON ESSINK
WHEN DRAFTED: 1980, 10th round, No. 265
COLLEGE: Grand Valley State
SEAHAWKS CAREER: 1980-85
WHY HE’S ON THE LIST: Essink, a tackle who dabbled a little in being an eligible tackle (listed also by Pro Football Reference as a tight end) was the 12th player Seattle selected in the 1980 draft (one which may be best-known for first-round pick Jacob Green). Essink turned out to be among the most productive, though, becoming a starter at left tackle in his second season and eventually making 70 starts from 1981-85, serving as the blindside protector for Zorn and Krieg through the memorable 1983-84 seasons when Seattle made its first playoff runs. He also scored a touchdown to help avoid complete infamy in what remains one of the worst losses in team history, a 51-7 loss at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day in 1980. Essink scored on a 2-yard pass from Zorn with the Cowboys ahead 51-0.