Wide receivers and tight end
Receiver: Steve Largent
Receiver: Doug Baldwin
Tight end: Jimmy Graham
Two of these choices are easy ones: Steve Largent and Jimmy Graham. Why Graham? Because even in his limited time in Seattle he is the franchise leader for tight ends in receptions, touchdowns and yards caught. Maybe he wasn’t the best blocker ever, but he tried to be better at that. Simply, no other tight end in Seattle history had the talent or production Graham did.
Largent is the other easy one. He is a Hall of Famer. And his numbers so far outpace any other Seahawk receiver that it is almost like Largent was playing a different game. Largent has 5,469 more yards than the receiver with the second-most yards in Seattle history, Brian Blades. Largent has 51 more touchdown receptions than second-place Baldwin. And though maybe people don’t now think of Largent as having sprinter speed, he averaged 16 yards-a-catch over his career. That is impressive.
Baldwin was a tougher choice than Largent or Graham. I decided to go with Baldwin over Blades and Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram because of two reasons. One is that Jackson and Engram played in an offense that was designed to throw more. Jackson, for instance, had three different seasons of 130 or more targets. The most targets Baldwin ever had was 125. Baldwin simply made more of the passes he caught and he also led the NFL in 2015 with 14 touchdown catches.
The second reason I am going with Baldwin is that he was much more of a leader than nearly any other Seahawk receiver in the history of the team. A big reason for the success of Russell Wilson and the Seattle teams of the 2010s is the leadership of Baldwin.