WHEN DRAFTED: 1991, 6th round, 155th
COLLEGE: Eastern New Mexico
SEAHAWKS CAREER: 1991-2001
WHY HE’S ON THE LIST: It’s almost hard to give the Seahawks much credit for drafting Michael Sinclair in lower reaches of the 1991 draft when that class otherwise featured some of the most dubious selections in team history — notably, taking Dan McGwire in the first round in a year when a QB named Brett Favre was also still available. WR Doug Thomas, who would make just 22 catches in three seasons before being done with the NFL, was almost as bad.
But in the sixth round the Seahawks finally found a keeper that year in Sinclair, who had weight just 218 pounds out of high school and 248 out of college.
And as this story details, Sinclair was far from an immediate hit, being waived by Seattle early on and spending some time in NFL Europe.
But once he found his footing, Sinclair (above signing a contract in 1999 with Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren) became one of the better rushers in the NFL in the late ’90s. His 73.5 career sacks are second in Seahawk history and the most of anyone in that class. And his 16.5 sacks in 1998 are the most ever by a Seahawk.
He also made three straight Pro Bowls from 1996-98. Good enough to warrant mention on our lists as one of the best Seahawks draft picks — especially considering where he was taken — in teamhistory.