CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN
WHEN DRAFTED: 2011, fifth round, 154th overall
SEAHAWKS CAREER: 2011-present
WHY HE’S ON THE LIST:Well that’s fortuitous timing, isn’t it? Sherman makes our list on the day he gets $40 million guaranteed (photo above by John Lok of the happy press conference). I wonder which honor he prefers more?
Sherman is an obvious choice as one of the best picks in Seattle history, from fifth-round afterthought to maybe the best cornerback in the NFL in three years, and a likely cornerstone of the Seahawk defense for the next decade.
The case for Sherman is so obvious that it hardly needs repeating.
Instead, I’ll link this story from February that detailed how the Lions and Seahawks swapped fifth-round picks so that Detroit could move from the third round into the second to make sure to get running back Mikel Leshoure.
Seattle GM John Schneider today remembered that draft day and that Sherman was the highest player left on their board when it came time to pick there. In fact, word is that Seattle had a third round grade on Sherman but figured no one else had him graded that highly and thought they could wait it out and get him in the fifth.
“He was sitting by himself on our board and when you have somebody like that you are just hoping and trying to decide if you are going to move to go get him or just going to wait,” Schneider said today. “And with the research we had done at the time and all the prayers that went into it that day and throughout the week, we just had faith that he would make it to us then. So we were able to do it right when we did it and we couldn’t let him sit by mself for that much longer.”
Carroll briefly interrupted the answer to assure Sherman that the Seahawks had him rated higher.
“He knows he was higher on the board than the fifth round,” Carroll said. “John wanted to wait it out. You could see it happening.”
The players Seattle took in the third and fourth rounds that year were OL John Moffitt, LB K.J. Wright and WR Kris Durham.
Wright proved worth it, and Durham somewhat coincidentally is now with the Lions and had 38 receptions last season. Moffitt, well, is out of football.
Sherman, meanwhile, is pretty much on top of football after his contract extension today.