GM profiling: Ruskell and the receivers

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have drafted three receivers, none earlier than the 197th overall choice, since Tim Ruskell arrived as general manager before the 2005 season.

That would obviously change if the team used the fourth overall choice for Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree later Saturday. I would expect Seattle to select Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry over Crabtree if both were available. I'm not sure what Seattle would do if Curry were already taken while Crabtree and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez remained available.

The last time Ruskell's team used a first-round choice for a receiver, the Falcons selected Michael Jenkins with the 29th choice in 2004. Jenkins averaged 15.5 yards per reception last season. He is a starter, but he has yet to top 777 yards in a season.

The chart shows each of the 16 receivers Ruskell's teams have drafted since 1992. His teams drafted nine of the 16 after the 175th overall choice. None of the 16 has produced a 1,000-yard season. Five of the 16 were from the SEC. Four came from the Big Ten.

Draft Rd. Pick Ruskell's Team Receiver
College Conference
1997
1 16 Bucs
Reidel Anthony
Florida
SEC
2004
1 29 Falcons Michael Jenkins
Ohio St.
Big Ten
1998
2 34 Bucs Jacquez Green
Florida SEC
1992 2 44
Bucs Courtney Hawkins
Michigan St.
Big Ten
1993
3 60 Bucs Lamar Thomas
Miami ACC
2002 3 86
Bucs Marquise Walker
Michigan
Big Ten
1993 4 104
Bucs Horace Copeland
Miami
ACC
1993
7 176 Bucs Tyree Davis
C.Arkansas
Southland (I-AA)
1996
6 180 Bucs Nilo Silvan
Tennessee
SEC
2007
6 197 Seahawks Courtney Taylor
Auburn
SEC
1997
6 197 Bucs Nigea Carter Michigan St.
Big Ten
2007
6 210 Seahawks Jordan Kent
Oregon
Pac-10
1993
8
220 Bucs Darrick Branch
Hawaii
WAC
1999
7 240 Bucs Darnell McDonald
Kansas St.
Big 12
2006
7 249 Seahawks Ben Obomanu
Auburn
SEC
2002
7 254 Bucs Aaron Lockett
Kansas St.
Big 12

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