Interesting stat Tweeted by ESPN earlier today on the 2009 Draft, noting that only 38 of the 256 players taken are still with their original team.
So much for building long-term through the draft, huh?
Of the 256 players picked in 2009, only 38 remain on the team that drafted them. pic.twitter.com/YhkzFYYhFt
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 13, 2014
Obviously, it’d be great to have numbers of other years to know if that’s a real anomaly or what. I haven’t seen those and don’t have them.
But Seattle can share in the blame for that number as just one of its seven draft picks that year remains with the team — center Max Unger.
That Seattle had a complete management change after that season played a role.
But that also was just a bad draft for the Seahawks.
Here’s who the Seahawks selected that year:
First round: LB Aaron Curry.
Second round: Unger
Third round: WR Deon Butler.
Sixth round: QB Mike Teel.
Seventh round: S Courtney Greene, DE Nick Reed and TE Cameron Morrah.
That said, this draft did sort of get the Seahawks Earl Thomas, as Seattle traded a second-rounder that year to Denver for a first-rounder that turned into Thomas, then traded a third- and fourth-rounder to Chicago to get another second round pick.
So in that sense, getting Unger and what turned into Thomas makes it look a lot better.
But the rest of it was pretty much a disaster as none of the six other players is still on an NFL roster.