Seahawks: 15 best defensive backs in franchise history

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Number 14: Seahawks cornerback Dwayne Harper, 1988-1993

Harper played fewer seasons for Seattle than did Williams and didn’t have as many interceptions. So why does he rank a notch higher than Williams here? Simply because Harper was better in his individual seasons than Williams. On two bad Seattle teams in 1991 and 1992, Harper was one of the few bright spots and he was very good.

In those two years, Dwayne Harper had a combined 7 picks and 2 fumble recoveries and ran one of the fumble recoveries back for a touchdown. Harper, however, was a sure tackler and missed few. He wasn’t exactly Richard Sherman-esque when it comes to physicality, but once Harper got his hands on a runner the runner didn’t go far. Harper is 8th in solo tackles all-time among Seattle defensive backs (354).

In his 6 years with the Seahawks, Harper recovered 5 fumbles for Seattle. He seemed to have a knack for being around the ball when a turnover was about to happen. He never returned an interception for a touchdown as a Seahawk but is 15th in interceptions with 13.

Honestly, Harper deserved better. Seattle’s teams for most of the 1990s were terrible. Harper was good enough to earn quality reps on the teams of the 2010s and to have his name much more well-known than it might be otherwise.