Wrapping it up
The ten players I just listed all made large impacts for the Seattle Seahawks and some other teams. John Schneider has been known for passing on first round selections in favor of building up draft picks for later rounds. His shrewd draft strategy has produced many great talents that continue to lead this team.
Maybe Schneider doesn’t want the pressure of trying to find first rounders like Cortez Kennedy while avoiding guys like Lawrence Jackson.
While the jury is still out on a few recent first round selections, these players show that sometimes it pays to spend a first-round pick on what could be the next great talent.
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First rounders can bust, they can contribute right away, or they can be transcendent players, depending on infinite factors that the boys in the skyboxes make the big bucks for deciphering.
Drafting players is always an exercise in randomness and gambling, yet that first overall pick is the most coveted resource heading into the offseason every year. Who will be the next great Seahawks first round pick?
The key to the NFL Draft is accumulating as much capital as possible and using it correctly. The best teams in the league, i.e. the Seahawks or the Patriots, do this the best. Their picks aren’t usually flashy or well-known outside of NFL Draft and College Football nerds, but these picks end up contributing to the team more often than not on the cheap.
What are your thoughts on the list? Anyone I should have included or moved up or down? Let me know in the comments.