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.