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Wednesday Round-Up: Ranking The Highest-Value Draft Picks Of The Pete Carroll-John Schneider Era

Tim Weaver of USA Today ranked some of the Seahawks’ most valuable draft picks in recent years as we continue to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, April 13 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Ranking The Highest-Value Draft Picks Of The Pete Carroll-John Schneider Era

The Seahawks' long run of success over the past 10+ years has been largely due in part to some strong drafts in the early 2010s. The team has made some flashy free agency moves and trades for big names here and there, but mostly, they've been able to find superstar-caliber players in high-value areas of the draft.

This year, the Seahawks own the ninth overall pick, their highest since drafting Russell Okung #6 overall in 2010. However, the Seahawks also hold picks Nos. 40, 41, 72, 109, 145, 153, and 229, giving general manager John Schneider some room to work with as far as potential draft day trades and simply finding the right players to fit the Seahawks' scheme and culture.

Last week, USA Today's Tim Weaver looked back on the Seahawks' drafts during the Carroll-Schneider era to rank the 12 highest-value draft picks over that time. Starting at 12, Weaver went with Bruce Irvin, whom the Seahawks selected 15th overall in 2012 — ahead of Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson.

"To date Irvin has never made a Pro Bowl," Weaver said. "However, he was an important role player for four years on the NFL's best defense in decades. After stints in Oakland, Carolina and Atlanta he later returned to Seattle in 2020 and spent last season with Sean Desai's Bears. Irvin's biggest claim to fame may be leading the league in forced fumbles in 2016."

Ranked at number 8 on Weaver's list is K.J. Wright, the Seahawks' 99th overall selection (4th round) in 2011. "It's extremely rare for an off-ball linebacker to perform at a high level for 10 years," Weaver said. "That's exactly what Wright did alongside Bobby Wagner, though – forming the nucleus of that all-time great defense. Wright played 144 games in a Seahawks uniform and balled out under the radar in the vast majority of them. He finally earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2016 but deserved more."

The top three of this list are a few of the greatest players in Seahawks history, and also some of the very highest value picks considering how late in the draft they came. At number 3, Weaver has Kam Chancellor, the 133rd overall pick (5th round) in the 2010 NFL Draft. "What made these Seahawks the greatest NFC team of their era was the ability to land truly-special talents on Day 3 of the draft," Weaver said. "Ultimately getting Chancellor in Round 5 was almost as important as taking Thomas in Round 1. Bam Bam's tone-setting physicality, versatility and leadership served as the beating heart of the Legion of Boom."

Click here to read Weaver's full piece and see who he considers to be the most valuable pick during the Carroll-Schneider era.

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