Seahawks: 15 best defensive backs in franchise history

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Number 13: Seahawks safety Robert Blackmon, 1990-1996

Robert Blackmon basically has to deal with the same issue that Dwayne Harper did. He was on bad teams but played well enough that the failure of the team overall couldn’t be attributed specifically to Blackmon. He didn’t make the Pro Bowl in his career but in several seasons he should have.

Blackmon wasn’t a big player. He was 6′ and 210 pounds during his career. But he didn’t mind putting his nose in the middle of the action. This is one reason he played strong safety instead of free safety. Blackmon could be used on blitzes as he wasn’t afraid of getting hit. In 1992, for instance, Blackmon had 3.5 sacks.

But Blackmon could play the pass as well. In 1995, he had 5 interceptions and had seasons with multiple picks four times in seven seasons in Seattle. He also forced 6 fumbles including 4 in 1996. That amount of forced fumbles is Coby Bryant-like.

Blackmon also stayed healthy. Between 1990 and 1996, Blackmon missed just six games and three of those came in 1995 when he had the 5 picks. He finished his career by spending two seasons with the Colts. But showing he could still be a physical force, Blackmon had 3 sacks in 1997 for Indianapolis.

Blackmon was taken in the second round of the 1990 draft by Seattle. He made the 1990 NFL All-Rookie team.