During round 2 of the 2023 NFL draft, each team will have a legend or active player announce a draft pick. For the Seahawks, the player will be K.J. Wright. Seattle has two second-round choices and one in the third round on Day 2 of the draft.
Wright played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Seahawks. He made one Pro Bowl in 2016, but should have made many more. He was overshadowed by his future Hall of Fame teammate Bobby Wagner for much of his career.
But for 12s, there is little doubt Wright will be remembered as fondly as Wagner. There may have been no player in the history of the NFL that played screen passes as well as Wright. He seemed to have a sixth sense of what was unfolding and how to blow up the play.
K.J. Wright to announce a draft pick for the Seahawks in round 2
Wright had at least 107 tackles in five different seasons with Seattle. In his Pro Bowl season of 2016, he set career highs for tackles-for-loss (12), sacks (4), and quarterback hits (8). He also had 126 tackles which was the second-highest of his career.
In 2019, Wright had 11 passes defendedand 3 interceptions. For a team that struggled covering tight ends and receivers as much as the Seahawks did in 2022, maybe the 2023 version could learn a few things about defended the pass from Wright. I am sure he will happily pass along his knowledge to younger Seattle players.
Wright played one season for the Raiders after leaving the Seahawks but he never moved his family from Seattle. After leaving the Raiders in 2021, Wright never played again. Instead, he signed a one-day contract with Seattle to officially retire as a member of the team.
Wright can be heard on Seattle Sports radio every week talking football. He was a big part of Wagner's decision to return to Seattle for the 2023 season. Maybe Wright wasn't the best player in franchise history, but few are as beloved as he is.