The Seahawks 2010 NFL draft class was an important one. It marked the first draft coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had together.
To be fair to Seahawks brass, comparing any draft class they have now compared to their NFL draft classes of 2010 through 2012 should not be done. Partly the reason for this is that Seattle has been built by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider into a consistent winner. In 2010, for instance, the Seahawks had two relatively high first round choices.
2010 was the first draft that Schneider and Carroll worked together after being hired to try to make the Seahawks good again. In the mid-2000s Seattle fielded some of the best teams the franchise had ever had. But in 2008, Seattle was 4-12 and in 2009 the team went 5-11.
Starting with the 2010 draft, however, Schneider and Carroll nearly immediately began to turn Seattle’s fortunes around. Four of the players chosen by Seattle would help form part of the core for a team that would eventually win a Super Bowl in 2013.
Going into the draft, Seattle needed speed and a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. Six times in 2009 the Seahawks had given up more than 31 points a game, including surrendering 48 points to the Packers in week 16. Seattle was 26th in points allowed for the season. By 2012, Seattle would rank seventh in the NFL.
The Seahawks 2010 draft includes one likely future Hall of Famer and probably two players that will one day be among the Seahawks Ring of Honor. So let’s now regarded the entire 2010 draft for Seattle.