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Common Threads: Seahawks Draft Picks Who Played At The Same College

With the 2024 NFL Draft set to begin on April 25th, here’s a look at some draft picks currently on the roster who played at the same college as some of our Seahawks Legends.

Common Threads - 2024 Draft

Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Joey Galloway (drafted 1995)

Ohio State

Jaxon Smith-Njigba was drafted to the Seahawks during the first round of the 2023 draft. In his rookie year, Smith-Njigba helped the Seahawks seal two wins with a game-winning touchdown in Week 8 against the Browns and in Week 13 against the Eagles. Smith-Njigba's name was also put in the record books, behind another Seahawks receiving great, Joey Galloway, for most receptions by a rookie in a single season. He finished last season with 63. And the record is 67, held by Galloway.

It's no coincidence that both Smith-Njigba and Galloway hold No. 1 and 2 on that list. In Galloway's five seasons with the Seahawks, he posted three seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

And although Galloway was drafted to the Seahawks before Smith-Njigba was even born, Smith-Njigba says the two share a mentor-mentee relationship, first because of their Buckeye connection and now because of their Seahawk connection.

Charles Cross and K.J. Wright (drafted 2011)

Mississippi St.

Charles Cross was a first-round pick, No. 9 overall by the Seahawks in 2022. And in his rookie year, Cross lived up to the first-round standards, starting in all 17 games that season. Cross and Abe Lucas went on to play together and made history as just the third pair of rookie tackles to open and start the NFL season at tackle for the same team.

And, K.J. Wright, Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowler was drafted to the Seahawks from Mississippi St. Wright helped the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and spent 10 of his 11 seasons in Seattle. Wright had five seasons in Seattle where he surpassed 100 tackles.

Zach Charbonnet and Kenny Easley (drafted 1981)


Zach Charbonnet was drafted in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft and scored his first touchdown of his NFL career during Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys this past season. And another big moment from his rookie year that won't show up on the stat sheet is a run against the Panthers in Week 3 where Charbonnet runs straight through a defender.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Hall of Famer, and a 1984 AP Defensive Player of the Year Kenny Easley spent his career with the Seahawks and was considered one of the best at his position during his time. He was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1981 No. 4 overall.

Mike Morris, Olu Oluwatimi and Steve Hutchsinson (drafted 2001)


Olu Oluwatimi and Mike Morris were both drafted in 2023 and while Morris was out with an injury this past season, Oluwatimi played in 16 games. In college, Morris was 2022 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and played in 27 games and had 40 tackles, 8.0 sacks and 1 interception.

Steve Hutchinson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, spent his first five years in Seattle and was selected to the Pro Bowl three of those five years. Hutchinson now works as a football consultant for the Seahawks.

Anthony Bradford and Kevin Mawae (drafted 1994)


Anthony Bradford was drafted No. 108 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft and in Year 1 Bradford played in 14 games, starting 10 of them. At LSU, He was a member of the 2019 National Championship team.

Hall of Famer and eight-time Pro Bowler, Kevin Mawae also spent his college days at LSU and was drafted by the Seahawks in 1984 in the second round. Mawae spent time with the Jets and the Titans.

Kenneth Walker III and Daryl Turner (drafted 1984)

Michigan St.

After being drafted in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft Kenneth Walker III, notched nine touchdowns, and eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards as a rookie. This past season, Walker III was just as efficient with eight touchdowns and more than 900 rushing yards.

Also on the offensive side of the ball, Daryl Turner was drafted in the second round of the 1984 draft and played four seasons with the Seahawks. Turner had 36 touchdowns over the course of his Seahawks career and was an NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year nominee.

NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang ranked his top edge rushers and defensive linemen for the 2024 NFL Draft.

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