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Seahawks No. 2 to 49ers on countdown

8/29/2014

It’s a baker’s dozen for the Seahawks, who ended up with 13 players on ESPN.com’s countdown of the Top 100 NFL players on offense and defense.

But it wasn't the best overall. The total was No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers, who had 15 players on the countdown.

The final two Seattle names were revealed Friday, two members of the Legion of Boom. Free safety Earl Thomas came in No. 3 and cornerback Richard Sherman is No. 2.

The No. 1 ranked defensive player was Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

The Seahawks had four players in the top 20, including running back Marshawn Lynch, 14th on offense, and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who was 16th on defense. So the Seattle secondary has three players that rank in the top 16 among all defensive players in the NFL.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Seahawks allowed the fewest passing yards on deep passes (15+ yards downfield) last season, while also leading the league in interceptions (14) on deep throws.

Since his rookie season of 2010, Thomas has 15 interceptions. Only Ed Reed (18) has more among safeties during that span.

Since Sherman’s rookie season of 2011, he leads the NFL with 20 interceptions, five more than the next closest player during that span. Over the past 30 years, the only player with more interceptions than Sherman in his first three seasons is Reed with 21.

The Seahawks had eight defensive players and five offensive players make the list. The five other defensive players on the countdown: defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (94), outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (87), defensive end Cliff Avril (57), middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (41) and defensive end Michael Bennett (34).

The four other offensive players are center Max Unger (84), offensive tackle Russell Okung (65), receiver Percy Harvin (50) and quarterback Russell Wilson (26).