A deep look at the best NFL Draft class ever by the Seahawks

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Just how good is this Seahawks rookie class? Historically good. I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to say this group is the best draft in Hawks history. At the least, they’re well on their way.

Yeah, yeah, I know. We’re only five games into a 17-game season. But seriously, good 12s, when was the last time you saw this many rookies playing this well? The Seahawks had some truly outstanding drafts early in the Pete Carroll – John Schneider era, but their record has been pretty spotty over the past few years.

I know, I know. I’m comparing guys that have played a total of five games to absolute legends like Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, and Russell Wilson. The latter two are locks for the Hall of Fame, and all five deserve to go in eventually. But I think it’s already obvious that no draft ever had so much talent as the group that’s taking the field for the Seahawks right now. Let’s review each draft class before we take a deeper look at the class of 2022.

2022 is the standout class of all Seahawks drafts

It’s usually helpful to begin at the beginning, so let’s do just that. You can review all of Seattle’s drafts all the way back to the nation’s bicentennial right here on pro-football-reference.com. No, the Hawks haven’t been around for a century like the Chicago Bears, but 46 years is still a pretty nice chunk of time. I’ll spare everyone a year-by-year rundown of the entire history of the Seahawks drafts, and just assure you that Carroll and Schneider have had the best in Seattle’s history. Then again…

I was going to hit just a few highlights. If you’ll permit me my own editorial note, that was my original intent. But as I continued writing, it became quite apparent to me that nothing would do other than break down every draft in Seahawks history. I invite you to do the same; I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if some of you value some players more than I did, and others less. The one thing I can’t imagine is concluding that the 2022 draft wasn’t the best in Seahawks history.