We published on Sunday a review of the four drafts the Seahawks have conducted under GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.
As we lead into the draft, I thought I would add to that with a player-by-player look at each draft, beginning with that initial group in 2010:
First round: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (No. 6 overall) — Four-year starter made the 2012 Pro Bowl.
S Earl Thomas, Texas (14th) — Four-year starter now highest-paid safety in football.
Second round: WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame (60th) — Leading WR on Super Bowl team now with Detroit.
Fourth found: CB Walter Thurmond, Oregon (111th) — Key member of secondary last year, now with New York Giants.
DE E.J. Wilson, North Carolina (127th) — Cut late in 2010 season after appearing in two games. Now out of football.
Fifth round: SS Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (133rd) — Seattle drafted maybe best safety tandem in NFL in one class.
TE Anthony McCoy, USC (185th) — Back after missing last season with Achilles injury.
Seventh round: DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State (236th) — Played sparingly in 2010-11, now out of football
TE Jameson Konz, Kent State (245th) — Played in one game in 2011. Now with Denver.
TOTAL PLAYERS: 9
STILL WITH TEAM: 4
COMMENT: As mentioned in the story, this class got high marks at the time, with pundits almost universally lauding the picks of Okung and Thomas. But this class has turned out even better than thought due in large part to the emergence of Chancellor, who has teamed with Thomas to give Seattle maybe the best safety tandem in the NFL, each now under contract through at least the 2017 season.
Tate and Thurmond also turned into good players, though now gone to other teams. And McCoy will be an interesting player to watch this season as he attempts to get back into the mix at tight end (a spot where it would be no surprise to see Seattle add one in the draft, as well).