A couple days ago I wrote about how John Schneider was making a name for himself around the league for being quite adept at finding tremendous talent in the late rounds of the draft. So just for fun I name for you my list of the greatest late round picks the Seahawks ever made.
This list isn’t very long. The Seahawks actually have a pretty poor record at drafting good talent in the late rounds. I meant for this to be a top-10 list, but I couldn’t find 10 players that deserved to be included. Not that that is unexpected. There’s always a reason why players last to the later rounds, and those reasons often make it difficult for the players to make it in the NFL.
This list has to begin with Michael Sinclair. The 6th round pick in 1991 developed into one of the best pass rushers of the 90’s, and was a big part of the Seahawks defense for over a decade with 73.5 sacks.
Edwin Bailey, G, 1981, 5th round – Bailey was a starting guard for 10 years for the Seahawks, and would have been so longer hand an injury not prematurely ended his career.
John Harris, DB, 1978, 7th round – Harris started for the Seahawks for 8 years before moving on to the Vikings to finish he career. While never dominant, he was a steady presence for the Seahawks in their early years.
Dwayne Harper, CB, 1988, 11th round – It took a year before Harper won the starting job, but he was tremendous at corner for the Seahawks for 7 years before moving on to the Chargers.
Michael McCrary, DE, 1993, 7th round – The Seahawks got just 3 years out of McCrary before he joined the Ravens and helped begin their legacy of dominant defenses.
Philip Daniels, DE, 1996, 4th round – As a 4th rounder, Daniels might not warrent the “late round” label. I chose to include him because the list was awfully short. Daniels only played for the Seahawks for 4 seasons, but he had a 15 year career with 62 sacks.
Rocky Bernard, DT, 2002, 5th round – While rarely a starter, Bernard has made a habit of generating enough of an inside pass rush on passing downs to become a valuable part of the DT rotation, first with the Seahawks for 7 years, and then with the Giants for the past 3.
More Recent picks: Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, KJ Wright, Ben Obomanu. We haven’t seen enough from this group in order to get a feel for how history with judge them.