Richard Sherman (2011-5th round)
Let me be clear, I hope that the Seahawks find a way to re-sign Richard Sherman for the 2021 season. He was great with Seattle and he is still very good. Sure, he was injured last year quite a bit but that is no reason to think he isn’t very good anymore or still a shutdown corner.
Sherman played with Seattle between 2011 and 2017. He was the best cornerback in the NFL for most of that time. In his 7 seasons in Seattle, Sherman had 32 interceptions and 99 passes defended. This would have been more but quarterbacks simply stopped throwing in his direction.
Sherman was one of the first steals John Schneider pulled off in his drafts. In 2011, Sherman went in the fifth round which seems laughable now. Then Pete Carroll molded him into the perfect Seattle cornerback. But Sherman didn’t just become great because of his size and athletic ability; Sherman outthought the opposing offense too.
Sherman’s intelligence – which he has both on and off the field – is probably the biggest reason he will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Sure, Sherman played with the proverbial chip on his shoulder and was extremely aggressive and tackled hard for a corner, but Sherman as a Seahawk knew what opposing offenses would do before the offense knew what it would do.