The Seahawks achieved success quickly after coming into the league in 1976. In just their third year (1978) they finished 9-7. In less than 10 years they were in the conference championship game (1983). Their very first-round draft pick was Steve Niehaus a defensive tackle from Notre Dame. Over the years Seattle built itself into a superb defensive team that focused on the running game for the offense. Former Penn State running back Curt Warner was the third overall pick in 1983 helping the ‘Hawks reach that AFC title game. A few years later he got help in the backfield with one of the best fullbacks of that era, John L. Williams.
One of Seattle’s most controversial first-round picks was that of Brian Bosworth in 1987. A colorful and crazy character “Bos” will best be remembered for getting run over by a train named Bo Jackson in a nationally televised game. Seattle has made some outstanding first-round choices and the names just roll off your tongue…Cortez Kennedy, Joey Galloway, Walter Jones, Rick Mirer, Steve Hutchinson, Shaun Alexander, Jerramy Stevens, Marcus Trufant, and Russell Okung. Best ever? That has to be Walter Jones one of the best offensive linemen in history.
Honorable Mentions: Manu Tuiasosopo (1979), Kenny Easley (1981), Shawn Springs (1997), Anthony Simmons (1998), Marcus Trufant (2003), Russell Okung (2010)