The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa. The Seattle Seahawks have built its current successes from dominating the draft.
On Thursday, The Seattle Times published their lists of the 10-best and -worst all-time draft picks by the Seahawks, who hold the No. 26 pick in Thursday’s first round.
A pair of Longhorns showed up on the lists, and you can probably guess which ones.
Earl Thomas was the 10th best pick by the Seahawks, according to the Times, and that’s a no-brainier.
Thomas is one of the key members of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense. He’s played seven seasons along side pro-bowlers Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, whom also are part of the 10-best draft picks of all time. Thomas won a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2014.
The former All-American was taken with the 14th overall pick in 2010, but it wouldn’t have happened if the Seahawks hadn’t traded their 2009 second-round pick to Denver for the Broncos’ 2010 first-round pick on the first day of the 2009 draft.
It worked out better for Seattle than it did Denver.
The Broncos used the Seahawks’ 2009 pick to take Alphonso Smith, who has never played. Seattle took offensive tackle Russell Okung with its first pick in the 2010 draft at No. 6 overall and then got a steal by drafting Thomas with the No. 14 pick.
The Times lists quarterback Russell Wilson as the best draft pick ever by the Seahawks.
On the other side of Seattle’s draft fortunes, the Times called the 2004 drafting of former Texas defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs as the 10th worst draft pick all-time.
Tubbs played for the Seahawks from 2004-07 and things, … well, didn’t go very well.
Tubbs was a bust from the start of his career in Seattle. The Times writes, “Tubbs showed up out of shape for his rookie year, then getting hurt in his third season and out of the league by his fifth.”
Tubbs did have 53 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 24 starts in his first two seasons with the Seahawks and played in Seattle’s first ever Super Bowl appearance, a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL in 2006.
Former Wake Forest Aaron Curry was the Seattle Times’ pick for worst all-time draft pick by the Seahawks. Austin resident Brian “The Boz” Bosworth was picked as the fifth worst draft pick by the Seahawks.
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