NFC West: John Conner

Draft rewind: Seahawks' five-year recap

February, 20, 2013
A look at the NFC West's best and worst from the past five NFL drafts, one team at a time.

Seattle Seahawks

Best choice: Russell Wilson, QB, 2012 third round. Wilson went from springtime curiosity to surprise opening-day starter to Pro Bowl quarterback in eight months. Seattle has hit big on some other draft choices during the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era, but Wilson stands apart from the rest. No rookie in the 36-year history of the organization has impacted the team as dramatically as Wilson did in 2012. That is a bold statement, but one that required about 30 seconds of verification. Wilson is the first QB draft choice in Seahawks history to succeed with the team. None of the other 15 came close (Mike Teel, David Greene, Seneca Wallace, Jeff Kelly, Josh Booty, Brock Huard, Rick Mirer, Dan McGwire, John Gromos, Sammy Garza, David Norrie, John Conner, Sam Adkins, Steve Myer and Chris Rowland). The 26 touchdown passes Wilson threw during the regular season exceed the Seattle career totals for every one of those other 15 drafted QBs except Mirer, who had 41 touchdowns over four seasons with the team.

Worst choice: Aaron Curry, LB, 2009 first round. The Seahawks thought they were making the surest choice of the 2009 draft when they made Curry the fourth overall choice. Instead, a franchise that had used top-10 picks for defensive stars Cortez Kennedy and Kenny Easley got an all-time bust. Curry had 5.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and four forced fumbles while starting 28 of 30 games for the Seahawks over two seasons. Something wasn't right, however, and by Curry's third season, the team had seen enough. Seattle essentially bought out Curry's expensive rookie contract to facilitate a trade to Oakland. Lawrence Jackson was a distant second for this distinction.

Verdict pending: James Carpenter, OL, 2011 first round. Wilson's selection in 2012 offsets lingering regrets from the Seahawks' decision to draft Carpenter over Andy Dalton a year earlier. Still, Seattle cannot feel good about how Carpenter's career has unfolded. Carpenter was struggling in pass protection at right tackle before a severe knee injury convinced Seattle that Carpenter's future would be at left guard, next to tackle Russell Okung. The conversion did not go well last season because the knee injury continued to limit Carpenter's mobility. The coming season appears pivotal for Carpenter.

Related: 2011 draft rewind.

NFC West High Energy Player of the Week

September, 28, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 3.

The Seattle Seahawks saw little risk in sending the 139th choice in the 2010 NFL draft to the New York Jets for injured running back Leon Washington.

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Jason O. Watson/US PresswireSeattle running back Leon Washington had two kickoff returns for touchdowns last Sunday.
They could have drafted a running back -- the Jets used the choice in question for fullback John Conner -- or they could take their chances on Washington's recovery from career-threatening compound leg fractures.

They took their chances and Washington rewarded them with 101- and 99-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns during a 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.

Washington needed only three games to rank first in Seahawks history for most touchdowns on kickoff returns (Josh Wilson, Nate Burleson, Maurice Morris, Charlie Rogers, Steve Broussard, Jon Vaughn, James Jefferson and Zachary Dixon had one apiece). Washington already owned the Jets' record for most kickoffs returned for touchdowns. He's the only player to hold that record for two franchises, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Seahawks have made more roster moves than any NFL team since last season. Coach Pete Carroll reflected on this one Monday.

"The obvious guy that shows up as a touchdown maker is Leon coming on board through the trade," he said.
NFC West teams made 15 trades involving 2010 NFL draft choices. I've consulted the draft-value chart and crunched numbers to see how the 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams valued picks -- and players.

I'll conclude with trades made by the Seahawks (earlier: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers). All five trades Seattle made involving 2010 picks also involved players.

Seattle Seahawks

Jets trade: The Seahawks sent the 139th pick (36.5 points) to the Jets for the 236th pick (1.8 points) and running back Leon Washington.

Washington's value was 34.7 points, or about what the 143rd overall choice would be worth (the Jaguars used the 143rd choice for Central Arkansas linebacker Larry Hart).

The Jets used the 139th choice for Kentucky fullback John Conner. The Seahawks used the 236th pick for Arizona State defensive lineman Dexter Davis.

Titans trade: The Seahawks sent the 104th (86 points) and 176th (22 points) to Tennessee for the 111th (72 points) and 185th (18.4 points) picks, plus running back LenDale White and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson.

The deal valued White and Vickerson at a combined 17.6 points, equivalent of the 187th overall choice, which Houston used for Colorado state guard Shelley Smith.

The Titans used the 104th pick for UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner. They used the 176th choice for Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith. Seattle used the 111th choice for Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond and the 185th choice for USC tight end Anthony McCoy.

Pre-draft trades: The Seahawks made three of them involving 2010 selections. They sent guard Rob Sims and the 213th choice (7.2 points) to the Lions for defensive end Robert Henderson and the 133rd overall choice (39.5 points). They traded the 40th pick (500 points) to San Diego for the 60th pick (300 points), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and a 2011 third-round choice (worth an estimated 70 points). They also traded defensive end Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia for the 127th pick (45 points) and defensive end Chris Clemons.

The Seahawks used the 133rd choice, from Detroit, for Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor. The Lions used the 213th choice for North Carolina State defensive end Willie Young. The Chargers used the 40th pick to move up for Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews. The Seahawks used the 60th pick for Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate. They used the 127th pick for North Carolina defensive end E.J. Wilson.