Number 1: Steve Largent from the Houston Oilers, 1976
Traded from the Oilers for an 8th round pick
You remember Steve Largent, right? He was the best receiver in Seahawks history until Tyler Lockett came along. I joke. Largent is not only the best receiver in Seattle history (and it isn’t close) but he is among at least the top five who ever played for the Seahawks.
Think about it this way. Lockett just passed 1,000 yards receiving for the third straight year. He is only the second Seattle player to do so. The first? Largent, of course. But Largent had three straight years of 1,000 yards or more receiving twice. In fact, he had four straight years of 1,000-plus yards. Twice.
Lockett is a great receiver. He is fifth all-time for Seattle with 5,915 yards receiving. Lockett will probably easily finish second on the list and could be second by the end of 2023. Currently, Brian Blades is in second with 7,620 yards. But Largent is first with 13,089 yards. This ranked first all-time in the NFL when he retired in 1989.
Largent also ranks first for Seattle with 100 touchdown catches. Next best is Doug Baldwin with 49. Lockett is fourth with 42. (By the way, DK Metcalf is 8th with 25.) Largent still ranks 9th all-time among all NFL receivers in touchdown catches.
But Largent played in a time when teams threw a lot less. Largent averaged just 59 catches a season. His career-high was 79 catches. This would have ranked third on the Seahawks in 2020. While Metcalf averaged 15.7 yards a reception in 2020 to lead the team, Largent passed that mark 9 times in his career. And who did the Oilers take in the 8th round of the 1976 NFL draft? Bob Simon. He never played a full season.