LINEBACKER LOFA TATUPU
WHEN DRAFTED: 2005, 2nd round, 45th overall
SEAHAWKS CAREER: 2005-2010
WHY HE’S ON THE LIST: Lofa Tatupu over Shaun Alexander? Well, here’s one where we are rewarding a reach paying off. Tatupu was regarded by most as a late-fourth round pick, tabbed by some as undersized and slow.
Instead, the Seahawks took the gamble — aggressively trading two fourth-round picks to move up nine spots to get him — and Tatupu stepped right in to become a key in turning the 2005 Seahawks from a team with some question marks to one that by the end of the season was the best in franchise history to that point
He went on to be named to three straight Pro Bowls, and named All-Pro in 2007 before injuries hit, ultimately ending his Seahawks career (and so far, his NFL career) after just six seasons.
Still, for three years he was as good a linebacker as the Seahawks have ever had — he was named to the team’s 35th Anniversary team at LB in 2010 along with Chad Brown, Fredd Young and Rufus Porter. And for a surprise second-rounder, that’s good enough to get him on this list.