Kam Chancellor (2010-5th round)
It’s time to get to the Legion of Boom members, right? Seattle won its first and only Super Bowl in the 2013 season for a lot of reasons but maybe the biggest was because the secondary was arguably the best group in the history of the NFL. Kam Chancellor was the strong safety and he brought the hammer.
I remember listening to 710 ESPN Seattle in a lead up to the Super Bowl. Michael Irvin was asked what Broncos receivers could expect during the game and he simply said, “Pain.” No player better brought hard-hitting mentality of the LOB than did Chancellor. Yes, he was athletically gifted but a receiver did not want to cross the middle of the field in fear of being hit by Chancellor.
Chancellor was the first of John Schneider’s fifth round steals. He was taken in the first of Schneider and Pete Carroll’s drafts in 2010. Chancellor was also drafted the same year as fellow safety Earl Thomas (and Golden Tate and Russell Okung – it was a good draft). Another person on this list would also come in the fifth round.
Basically, there would have been no LOB without Chancellor. He wasn’t the vocal leader but he set the tone physically. He was the intimidator of the group. He could also cover receivers and was a beast in the run game. He absolutely needs to be a part of the Seattle Ring of Honor soon.