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Late Round Gems Becoming John Schneider’s Calling Card

August 27, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walks along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Most GMs have a calling card; something about them that distinguishes them from for the others. For Tim Ruskell it was small, unathletic players who were supposed to be better “football players” than their measurables would suggest. For Mike Holmgren it was genuinely awful defensive players. For Al Davis it was thugs and anyone with a long police record. For Jerry Jones it is players who have more personality than talent (aka diva drama queens). I think you get the picture.

It’s still really early to try and get a feel for What John Schneider’s legacy might be, but he does have a tremendous reputation for one thing already, and that is finding great players near the end of the draft.

Just for fun, I asked a bunch of other others, who covered various other teams from all over the league, what they thought of John Schneider, and the answers were pretty consistent. Things like “bigger, stronger, and faster,” “toughness,” and “power” were common themes within the responses, but the one thing that was almost universally included was Schneider’s knack for finding late round gems.

Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman, both 5th round picks, are two of the best at their positions in the league, and are the crux of Schneider’s reputation. Chancellor was a pro-bowler last season, and Sherman would have been had he started more than 10 games.

Also helping Schneider’s cause was KJ Wright, the 4th round pick in 2011 that was the team’s best LB last season. Schneider was also given props in this regard for his undrafted free agent signings of Doug Baldwin and Jeron Johnson.

If his reputation is going to continue, something tells me that Winston Guy and Korey Toomer will be the players that everyone is talking about after 2012. Neither player is likely to start, but both could very well earn a tremendous amount of playing time this season.

Clearly, it’s still way to early to know what Schneider is going to be known for. A year from now it might be something completely different that people think of when you mention his name. I just thought it was pretty cool that the league is starting to notice that Schneider has been really goot at finding later round talent.

Topics: Doug Baldin, Richard Sherman, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks

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  • Hawkman

    I cannot fathom HOW you can say that KJ Wright was the teams BEST LB last year. On potential MAYBE , But on the field NO WAY! Even limping around Hawthorne was by far and away the best LB last season!

  • Hawk_Eye

    Keith, nice article. John Schneider is doing a heck of a job of building this team from the inside out. After his third draft, I’m feeling pretty good about this team. We are just missing that one crucial piece, the franchise quarterback. Hopefully, Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson or Josh Portis will step up and become the guy. 

  • Hawk_Eye

     @Hawkman Your right, last year he was our best linebacker, but Pete has gotten rid of most of the older previous regime’s players. He wants his guys. Pete and John are building this team for the future with younger, bigger, faster and stronger players. Plus, by time this team gels, Hawthorne would be retired. 

  • Hawkman

     Never hurts to have a vet or two to show the pups the ropes and how to get it done. I understand what is going on , was just saying Keith is always saying KJ was our best LB and there is no way that was how it was. Plus if Hill was so bad as he says Then why is he back and Hawthorne isn’t ? BIG ?

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Hawkman Against the run I’d agree with you, but not against the pass. KJ was clearly the best LB we had against the pass last season, and in today’s pass happy NFL, that’s what matters most. 

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Hawkman  @Hawk_Eye Hill is back because he was signed to a vet-minimum, no signing bonus, 1-year deal. Hawthorne got a $5 year deal with a pile of guaranteed cash. There’s simply no comparison.
    Look at DVOA and PFF stats, Hill was one of the worst LBs in the league last season against the pass. There’s a reason that not one single team in the NFL was interested in signing Hill, even for almost nothing.

  • HughWaltermann

    Let’s not get carried away with this best at their position talk there Homer. Chancellor and Sherman are descent players and had a good season last year, but to refer to them as the best at their position in the league is a stretch of any imagination. Seahawks had a 7-9 record last year and play in the weakest division in the NFL. Placing any of their players in an elite category amounts to drinking too much tainted kool-aid.

  • Hawk_Eye

     @HughWaltermann What do you call players that are the best at their position in the NFL? Pro bowlers. Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas  and Brandon Browner went to the pro bowl last year. That makes them the best at their positions. As far as Richard Sherman, he might be the best defensive back of them all. He just didn’t get the recognition because he didn’t start the whole season.

  • HughWaltermann

    @Hawk_Eye Are you kidding? The Pro Bowl is a joke. Why do you think there is so much talk about doing away with it. As I recall Earl Thomas was the only one picked, the others went because other players backed out of the event.

  • Hawk_Eye

     @HughWaltermann  @Hawk_Eye I agree the pro bowl game is a joke, but who do you think picked the alternate players in this game. The NFL coaches! I think they know more than you about players and their abilities. 

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