5. K.J. Wright, MLB, Mississippi St. (99th overall in 2011) Value Grade=128.7
So we made it to the official start of the list, and at number 5 it’s K.J. Wright, former member of the Legion of Boom, with a draft value grade of 128.7.
K.J. Wright was never as fantastic as Bobby Wagner in the linebacker core, yet was just as important to the dominance of the Legion of Boom. He was rarely ever sidelined and was an incredibly consistent presence and leader in the middle of the defense.
What was surprising to me while doing my research was that he only has one pro bowl appearance, and I think that most 12s can agree that he probably deserved more than that.
Nonetheless, a player of his caliber with the 99th overall selection is a steal. He was a huge piece of the puzzle in the Seahawks Super Bowl-winning season, as well as years after that.
(Spoiler, Wright is not the only member of the Legion of Boom that appears on my list.)
4. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin (75th overall in 2012) Value Grade=157.5
One of the biggest surprises on the list is the ranking of Russel Wilson at #4, coming in with a value grade of 157.5.
Obviously, Wilson would rank at number 1 in many people’s lists of overall best players to don the Seahawks colors, but on pure pick value, he only ranks 4. The 9-time pro bowler and Super Bowl champion was arguably the main reason for the Seahawks dominance of the 2010s, breaking record after record for the quarterback position and for continuing to win games.
Had he ever been an All-Pro selection, or won the Super Bowl MVP, he would have ranked higher on the list, but he is where he is. Although his exit this offseason was painful and jarring, what he did for the franchise will never be forgotten, and he will forever be a Seattle legend.