A mock draft like no other. Ranking the Seahawks draft picks in the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider talk during an NFL football rookie minicamp workout Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks take turns ranking every Seahawks draft pick in the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era.
This is the time of year when football fans are inundated by mock drafts.
But here’s a mock draft like you’ve never seen before — one devoted solely to every Seahawks’ draft pick since 2010.
Specifically, Seattle Times Seahawks beat writers Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks decided to take all 66 players the team has selected in the draft since Pete Carroll became head coach and John Schneider general manager in 2010 and hold a mock draft of just those players.
And only draft picks were included, so there’s no Doug Baldwin or Thomas Rawls, each signed as undrafted free agents during the Carroll/Schneider era.
There are a lot of obvious names at the top, but even diehard Seahawks’ fans may need reminding of a few of the players the team has drafted through the years.
Condotta and Jenks traded off picks, adding their own comment to each selection.
1. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Comment (Bob): The best quarterback in franchise history in the third round? The Seahawks may be hard-pressed to make a better pick for as long as the NFL exists.
2. Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas (John Lok / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): The centerpiece of the Seahawks’ defense whose value should never be questioned again after what happened in his absence last season.
3. Richard Sherman
Comment (Bob): One of the best fifth-round picks in NFL history, let alone Seattle’s. His emergence into the starting lineup midway through the 2011 season marks the true beginning of the Legion of Boom.
4. Bobby Wagner
Comment (Jayson): A day-one starter, Wagner is now an annual All-Pro and Pro Bowl candidate and has emerged as one of the best middle linebackers in the league.
5. Kam Chancellor
Kam Chancellor (John Lok / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): A fifth-round pick in 2010 who put the Boom in the LOB and whose selection epitomized the ability of the Carroll/Schneider era to see strengths where other teams saw question marks.
6. K.J. Wright
Comment (Jayson): Wright had the best season of his career last year and is particularly valued for his instincts and ability in coverage.
7. Russell Okung
Russell Okung Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images)
Comment (Bob): It was unrealistic to think he’d ever live up to the standard set by Hall of Famer Walter Jones at left tackle. But he was a solid and consistent performer at a key position for the most successful run in team history.
8. Golden Tate
Golden Tate (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Tate was Seattle’s leading receiver during the 2013 Super Bowl season and has posted 1,000-yard seasons in two of his three years in Detroit.
9. Malcolm Smith
Comment (Bob): Smith was never a full-time starter. But that he won the Super Bowl MVP award as a reserve who was originally a seventh-rounder sort of just made sense considering how the Carroll/Schneider era Seahawks were built.
10. Bruce Irvin
Comment (Jayson): Irvin was a solid pass rusher who became a solid outside linebacker, which allowed him to play all three downs.
11. Byron Maxwell
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell participates in warmups before the Seattle Seahawks take on the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Sunday December 28, 2014. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): Went from a little-known sixth-rounder to one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL in four years. The job he did in the Super Bowl win over Denver is enough to make him remembered fondly by Seahawks fans.
12. Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett (Seattle Times file)
Comment (Jayson): When healthy, Lockett has the look and work ethic of a future star. Plus, he’s a dangerous return man.
13. Walter Thurmond
Walter Thurmond (John Lok / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): A fourth-rounder in 2010 who was considered a founding member of the LOB. Will always be remembered for the key role he played as the starting nickelback in the Super Bowl win over the Broncos.
14. James Carpenter
James Carpenter (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Carpenter got a bad rap in Seattle, sometimes deservedly so. But he’s about to start his seventh season in the league and started 16 games each of the last two seasons.
15. Jeremy Lane
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane warms up before Seattle takes on the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 15, 2015, at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks lost 39-32. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): We’ll see if he lives up to the lofty contract he was handed a year ago. That he earned it in the first place, though, speaks to what he did his first four years after being taken in the sixth round in 2012.
16. J.R. Sweezy
Seahawks offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy warms up with the team.
Comment (Jayson): Former seventh-round pick started on teams that went to back-to-back Super Bowls.
17. Frank Clark
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark gives two thumbs up before the game. (Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): If he progresses as he has his first two seasons, could be picked a lot higher in a similar mock draft a few years down the road. And so far, has quieted the controversy that greeted his selection in the second round in 2015.
18. Justin Britt
Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt protects Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the pocket as the Seattle Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional round playoff game. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Wouldn’t have been nearly this high before last season but he turned into a solid center in his first year at the position.
19. Luke Willson
Seahawks tight end Luke Willson celebrates with wide receivers Jermaine Kearse, left, and Doug Baldwin, behind, after bringing in the game-winning, 23-yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Seattle Seahawks defeat the Carolina Panthers 13-9 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sunday October 26, 2014. (BETTINA HANSEN/The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): The only pick left from the disastrous 2013 draft, Willson has had a knack for the big play.Needs a healthy 2017 to stick around longer.
20. Jaye Howard
Comment (Jayson): Probably the best example of the roster casualties the Seahawks had to make on that loaded 2013 team, Howard became a productive contributor for the Chiefs.
21. Spencer Ware
Comment (Bob): Injuries and an arrest on suspicion of DUI helped lead to a quick exit from Seattle after being taken in the sixth round in 2013. But he has since showed what the Seahawks saw in him by rushing for 1,324 yards the last two seasons with the Chiefs.
22. Germain Ifedi
Seahawks offensive guard Germain Ifedi stretches during warmups before the Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Ifedi wasn’t great at guard as a rookie but he’s going to get a shot at right tackle in year two.
23. Robert Turbin
Seahawks running back Robert Turbin as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos for a pre-season game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on August 14th, 2015. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): Fourth-rounder in 2012, he served a valuable role for four seasons as a third-down/two-minute running back.
24. Paul Richardson
Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson pulls in a one-handed 27-yard catch against Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson in the fourth quarter of the NFC wild-card game. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Battled injuries and never had 300 yards receiving in any of his three seasons with the Seahawks.
25. Mark Glowinski
Comment (Bob): Fourth-rounder in 2015, won a starting job at guard last season. Now to see if he can hold it for a few more and rise up this list.
26. Jarran Reed
Comment (Jayson): Run-stuffing defensive tackle played significantly as a rookie.
27. C.J. Prosise
Comment (Bob): Played only six games as a rookie in 2016. But had some of the most electric moments of the season with his play against the Patriots and long run against the Eagles. Now just needs to stay healthy.
28. Cassius Marsh
Comment (Jayson): Marsh has never been more than a role player and special-teams contributor in his three seasons.
29. Jordan Hill
Comment (Bob): Ultimately regarded as a disappointment after playing in just 27 games in three years after being picked in the third round in 2013. But was huge down the stretch in 2014 as the Seahawks rallied to win another No. 1 playoff seed.
30. Anthony McCoy
Comment (Jayson): Tons of potential but injuries derailed his career.
31. Michael Bowie
Comment (Bob): Seventh-round pick only played one season but started eight games as an injury replacement including the divisional playoff win over New Orleans as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2013.
32. Korey Toomer
Comment (Jayson): Toomer never played much for the Seahawks but started to find a role in San Diego last year.
33. Christine Michael
Christine Michael heads off the field following the Seahawks loss to the New Orleans Saints this year. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Bob): Maybe the most surprising pick of the Schneider/Carroll era in the second round in 2013 — and the first Seattle made that year — he never really paid off the big investment. But he had one shining moment — an error-free performance in the chill of Minnesota to help Seattle win a wild card playoff game in 2016.
34. Kevin Pierre-Louis
Seahawks outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis comes out with special teams during the second half of Seattle’s 27-17 wing over the Jets last Sunday. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Special-teams contributor and backup with the Seahawks.
35. Tharold Simon
Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon walks the field during the Seattle Seahawks’ 34-6 win over the Chicago Bears for a preseason game at CenturyLink Field Friday August 22, 2014 in Seattle. 141145
Comment (Bob): Simon is proof that the Seahawks haven’t hit on every mid-round pick of a big, athletic cornerback. But he did have some good moments down the stretch in 2014 and probably doesn’t deserve all of the bad rap he gets for the Super Bowl loss since he was forced into some bad matchups due to injuries to others.
36. Winston Guy
Comment (Jayson): Part of the 2013 roster casualties but has made a nice career for himself as a backup.
37. Greg Scruggs
Comment (Bob): A sixth-rounder in 2012, had two sacks as a rookie but then saw his Seattle career scuttled by a knee injury.
38. John Moffitt
Comment (Jayson): The only player I’ve seen wear short shorts at practice.
39. Kevin Norwood
Comment (Bob): Fourth-rounder in 2014 was touted for making clutch catches at Alabama. Ended up making just nine for Seattle in 2014 and hasn’t made another since.
40. Obum Gwacham
Comment (Jayson): Sixth-round pick in 2015 had 2.5 sacks for the Saints that season.
41. Nick Vannett
Comment (Bob): A third-rounder in 2016, saw the field sparingly in 2016. But that should change in 2017 when he has a chance to emerge as a key part of the team’s future.
42. Kris Durham
Comment (Jayson): A bust with the Seahawks, Durham was cut during his rookie season. But he had 490 yards receiving for the Lions in 2013.
43. Eric Pinkins
Comment (Bob): Was tried just about everywhere in the secondary and at linebacker by the Seahawks, who saw some similarities to Chancellor. Now with the Giants.
44. Ty Powell
Comment (Jayson): Had 23 tackles in two seasons with the Bills after Seahawks cut him as a rookie.
45. Quinton Jefferson
Comment (Bob): Fifth-rounder in 2016 barely played as a rookie due to injuries, including a knee that required season-ending surgery. But has a chance to become a key part of the DL rotation this season.
46. Rees Odhiambo
Comment (Jayson): Played sparingly in a backup role as a rookie last season.
47. Jesse Williams
Comment (Bob): Few players were easier to root for than Williams, a fifth-rounder in 2013 who battled a slew of injuries and then cancer during his Seattle career. But sadly couldn’t overcome it enough to stay on the field and is now out of football.
48. Ryan Seymour
Comment (Jayson): Seventh-round pick in 2013 started three games for Cleveland in 2014.
49. Kristjan Sokoli
Comment (Bob): Seahawks’ fans sort of still liked the idea of converting defensive linemen to offense when Sokoli was taken in the sixth round in 2015. But he couldn’t make the switch work and is again a defensive lineman with the Colts.
50. Alex Collins
Alex Collins is in the end zone prior to the start of Saturday’s game. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Collins struggled with weight issues as a rookie but had a few moments of hope, including 55 yards and a touchdown in the last game of the season.
51. Joey Hunt
Comment (Bob): Too low for a player who could be a key part of the offensive line for a while? Certainly, the Seahawks hope so. But since he basically plays only center, future is tied to that of Britt, as well.
52. Dexter Davis
Comment (Jayson): Had one sack as a rookie in 2010.
53. Kenny Lawler
Comment (Bob): Spent rookie season in 2016 on and off the practice squad but should have a better chance to make the 53-man roster this season.
54. Kiero Small
Comment (Jayson): No idea if he can play but he was built like a jukebox.
55. Jameson Konz
Comment (Bob): The last pick of the first draft of the Carroll/Schneider era, the tight end playing in just one game for the Seahawks in 2011.
56. Lazarius Levingston
Comment (Jayson): Seventh-round pick in 2011 made one tackle for the Seahawks that season.
57. Ryan Murphy
Comment (Bob): Marshawn Lynch’s cousin didn’t even last through one training camp with the Seahawks after being taken in the seventh round in 2015. Now with the Giants.
58. Chris Harper
Comment (Jayson): The fourth-round pick out of Kansas State didn’t last one season in Seattle.
59. Jimmy Staten
Comment (Bob): A fifth-round defensive tackle in 2014, Staten has been amazingly well traveled having been on the roster of six NFL teams. But he’s played in just one game without recording a stat. Now with the Falcons.
60. E.J. Wilson
Comment (Jayson): Wilson played in two games in 2010, the only two games he played in the NFL.
61. Garrett Scott
Comment (Bob): Sixth-round pick in 2014, never took the field for Seattle after being quickly diagnosed with a heart condition that ended his football career.
62. Tye Smith
Comment (Jayson): Richard Sherman took him under his wing but Smith lasted just one season in Seattle.
63. Terry Poole
Comment (Bob): Emblematic of the team’s struggles to find good OL in the middle rounds, Poole was a fourth-round pick in 2015 who was never on Seattle’s active roster and now is with the Dolphins.
64. Jared Smith
Comment (Jayson): Never played a game but least he had a cool nickname: Fat Rabbit.
65. Mark LeGree
Comment (Bob): Seventh-round pick in 2010 was on the roster of eight different NFL teams without ever playing in a game. Currently out of football.
66. Zac Brooks
Sports columnist Matt Calkins, left, watches as Seahawks rookie Zac Brooks takes interior photos of Matt’s new apartment. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Comment (Jayson): Cut before the season in 2016 but did a great job designing columnist Matt Calkins’ apartment.