Aug 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) on the sidelines during the 2nd half against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

John Moffitt Trade Highlights Seahawks Weakest Recent Draft Class

It occurred to me today that, now that John Moffitt has been traded, that the 2011 draft is easily the weakest of John Schneider’s drafts as the GM of the Seahawks. Don’t believe me? Here’s all the picks that year, buy round:

1) James Carpenter

3) John Moffitt

4) KJ Wright

4) Kris Durham

5) Richard Sherman

5) Mark Legree

6) Byron Maxwell

7) Pep Levingston

7) Malcolm Smith

It’s hard to imagine calling a draft that got the Seahawks both Richard Sherman and KJ Wright “bad,” but it’s all relative to his other drafts so far.

The Seahawks had 9 picks, and only 5 are still with the team just 2 years later. That’s not particularly good for any team, but it’s especially bad for John Schneider who’s other drafts have been much better.

Of those 5 who are still on the team, there’s a reasonable chance that 2 of them wont make the 53 man roster this year. Both Smith and Maxwell are battling for their roster spots this year. I expect both to make the team, but the fact that they’re low enough on the depth chart that it’s a possibility is especially meaningful considering how many from that draft class are already gone.

Of course, the x-factor here is 1st round pick James Carpenter. He’s yet to make an impact because of his injury problems, but he has the talent to be a major difference maker if he can get on the field for an extended period of time.

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  • DH

    Wow I keep looking at that draft list & thinking it must be out of order. Should of been (1) Richard Sherman, (3) K.J. Wright, etc…

    • 12thMan_Rising

      no kidding! Seeing Sherman that far down the list, and after guys like Kris Durham is insane. The NFL missed so badly on Sherman’s evaluation.

  • Micah Nelson

    It is so true that this was the Weakest Draft for this Seahawks front office. Although it is hard to call it weak when 1 of the Top 3 players on this team came from the class. Not to mention a 1st string Linebacker… I think this actually goes to show how good the Seahawks Drafts have been, not so much as how bad that draft was. I think most teams would be happy as hell to get to Defensive starters from 1 Draft Class.

    • DH

      Gotta agree. Nice duds by the way (in your picture).


    First off Maxwell and Smith will make the team, secondly we had given up a picks for Lynch and Whitehurst, third Doug Baldwin should factor in somewhere, and lastly i think most NFL teams would be ecstatic with snagging an all pro in the 5th and would trade their drafts for that alone. With all that said it was the weakest class but Pete and John set the bar pretty high. This 2013 class will prolly be considered the weakest draft come this time next year.

  • Hawkman54

    Read elsewhere That Moffitt failed his physical for Cleveland? If so any news on why ? How can he be playing but fail some one else’s test? So now he is off to Denver ? any news on that ?

    • Seattlehammer

      He didn’t really, Browns were hoping that he would then just be cut and they could claim him. They had some “worry” about his knee, but he is fine.