The Worst 5 Draft Picks in Seattle Seahawks History

September 18, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Issac Redman (33) carries the ball against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry (left) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

One of the best things of the John Schneider era has been his success in developing the team through the draft. That hasn’t always been the case for the Seattle Seahawks, who have a long history of failed draft picks. With the draft beginning tomorrow evening, I thought it would be fun to look at some the most extreme draft mistakes in Seahawks history.

Here’s my list for the worst 5 draft picks in Seattle Seahawks history?

5) Robert Barr, OT, 1996, 77th overall (3rd round)

The Seahawks were looking for a RT to replace the aging Howard Ballad, and used their 3rd round pick to do so. They thought they were getting a road grader they could count on for years. Instead they got a player who didn’t want to do the things it took to make it in the NFL. Barr lasted on the roster for 1 year and never saw the field. By the time the following season started, he was out of the league for good.

4) David Greene, QB, 2005, 85th overall (3rd round)

Seattle’s 3 round pick, he was supposed to be the player who took over as the backup QB and allowed the Seahawks to use Seneca Wallace as a playmaker all over the field. Instead, Greene looked so bad in camp that Holmgren refused to risk that Wallace might get hurt. Greene was out of the league a year later.

3) Antoine Palepoi, DE, 2002, 60th overall (2nd round)

In 2 and a half years in Seattle, Palepoi recorded just 1 sack. He was supposed to be the pass rushing specialist that the team needed, but instead became the embodiment of Mike Homgren’s inability to evaluate and draft defensive players.

2) Aaron Curry, LB, 2008, 4th overall (pictured)

Chances are that you already know the Arron Curry story. The Seahawks already had 3 good and expensive LB, yet GM Tim Ruskell decided to spend the 4th overall pick on another LB for reasons only he knows.

Curry was an freakish athlete who was tremendously productive in college and looked like he could be a perennial all-pro. Instead, the Seahawks got a head case who couldn’t tackle and loved to make excuses. Curry’s lack of football instincts were a constant frustration for both coaches and fans. After just 2 and half seasons, the Seahawks shipped him off to Oakland.

1) Dan McGgwire, QB, 1991, 16th overall

Its hard to believe that there was a pick worse than Aaron Curry, but there is. Dan McGwire was the franchise’s 1st high draft pick QB. Tall, strong-armed He was supposed to provide the team with it’s first high-talent QB after 15 years of being led by undrafted free agents. His acquisition led to the team dropping Dave Krieg a year later.

Instead, what the team got was a colossal flop. Even after a year on team learning on the job behind Krieg, McGwire proved to be absolutely clueless. He was unable to win the job in the 1992 training camp, and when the offense turned out to be one of the worst in NFL history, his insertion into the lineup only made it worse.

In the end, just 2 years after wasting a 1st round pick on McGwire, the team was forced to take another first round QB to try and right the mistake. His ineptness led to a level of desperation that led to another mistake.

Dishonorable Mentions: Rick Mirer, Ike Charlton, Kris Richard, Owen Gill

Topics: Aaron Curry, Seattle Seahawks

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  • Hawk_Eye

    Where to begin? The Seahawks have had way more misses in the first round than hits. Way more busts than stars. That is why I am so happy with John Schneider. He had totally overhauled the team in 3 years. Anyway, you can add Lawrence Jackson, Kelly Jennings, Marcus Tubbs, Jerramy Stevens, Lamar King, Brian Bozworth and Tony Woods to your list of worse draft picks. And don’t forget about Deon Branch. He was a trade for a number one draft choice.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      All of those got consideration, but none made the list because I though the others were worse. It’s sad that the team has been so bad at drafting through it’s history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Collier/100000139275423 Scott Collier

    Wow, I hadn’t realized how bad Ruskell/Holmgren drafts were until now.

    • hawkman54

      Ruskell YES ( worse GM in team history)- Leave Holmgren out of it, although he made a few early mistakes MH was the reason the team got to SB 40 !

      • 12thMan_Rising

        Ruskell wasn’t the worst in team history and its not even close. Tom Flores has him beat by a mile!

        And Holmgren’s drafts were horrid. There’s no other way to put it. He simply could not evaluate defensive talent at all.

        • SkeleTony X

          He was not a great coach either. People forget that because he was the HC when we went to the super bowl and they overrate Matt Hasselbeck for the same reason. Truth is Holmgren was not a very good head coach and Hasselbeck lost us FAR more games then he helped us win.

  • Hawkman54

    Bosworth was a supplemental pick and not that bad of a player. He was stuck at MLB , out of position for him in the NFL. He gets slammed because of the Bo Jackson video , BUT rewatch film and you will see until he got injured he was OK !

    • hawkman54

      Should have been put at OLB!

    • Hawk_Eye

      I believe that supplemental pick cost us the #1 pick the following year. Let me know if I’m wrong on that. However, Bosworth was a terrible player, always trying to make the big splash play, as a result he was always out of position to do his job. He gave up more plays than he made.

      • Hawkman54

        Couldn’t disagree with you more – I still have a few OLD VHS tapes of the eighties Hawks with him and you are simply incorrect on your opinion. He should have never been put in the middle to begin with , should have been on the outside . Until he hurt his shoulder he did OK at MLB , NOT great but surely not Horrible or even bad> Would have to research it but I don’t remember the supplemental costing the team a #1-

      • 12thMan_Rising

        I’m going to agree with Hawkman on this one. He was pretty good when he was on the field, but his shoulder kept him on the sidelines and ultimately ended his career.

        • Hawk_Eye

          You guy probably are right. Maybe the reason I just didn’t like him was it was all about him and not the team. This you have give me.

          • 12thMan_Rising

            away from the team that certainly was the case. He was a shameless self promoter.

        • Hawkman54

          Don’t actually remember this – But I saw on another site discussing the same subject that Bosworth was DROTY , is that right ?

  • Old Sam

    How could you leave out Andre Hines? A 2nd round pick who didn’t like football and was gone before his first season was over.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      You are totally right! I completely forgot about him. sigh… this is the problem with lists like this. I always forget someone.

  • Old Sam

    How could you leave out Andre Hines? A 2nd round pick that didn’t even make it through 1 season

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