5. Tony Dorsett, 1977
What? Tony Dorsett? He never played for the Seahawks! And this is quite true. But possibly the greatest April Fool’s joke played on the Seahawks is that Dorsett made it known he did not want to play for Seattle – the fool! – and so the Seahawks traded down from their second pick in the draft to pick up the 14th pick in the draft and three second-round picks. It sounds like a bunch, but it turned out not to be.
Dorsett, mind you, would have played behind a bad offensive line to start his career. But Seattle did improve by the early 80s and Dorsett could have made the difference between good teams and very good teams. That never happened, however.
The Cowboys picked Dorsett and he ended up running for 12,739 yards and 99 touchdowns and made the Hall of Fame in 1994. So maybe he made the wise choice for his career. And how did the Seahawks do? Well, not as well.
With the 14th pick in the draft, the Seahawks selected tackle Steve August. August played a bunch of games for Seattle from 1977 to 1984 but he wasn’t exactly very good. After August, it just gets a bit worse. None of the draft picks Seattle received in the trade for Dorsett were awful, but none were good enough to be anywhere close to what Dorsett became. And the point is, the Seahawks could have and should have had, Tony Dorsett.