Wrapping it Up
The Pete Carroll—John Schneider era has produced many excellent players from the draft, with rookies making impacts immediately on the field. But not all of their picks were winners, and certainly not all of the team’s choices over the years have panned out. You could say that about all NFL franchises.
Hopefully in the coming years, we’ll see a few more intriguing young players make their mark on the team and replenish the Seattle Seahawks for another playoff run.
The Seahawks have been consistently good under Carroll’s leadership the past several seasons. We’ve seen unheralded defensive backs enter Carroll’s Cornerback School and come out NFL stars. We might even see a few offensive linemen (looking at you Germain Ifedi) throw a block or two and maybe protect former third-round pick Russell Wilson.
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Drafting cheap talent is what the consistently good franchises do in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are a great example of this. They are known for hoarding their players and extending them rather than letting them hit the free agent market only to be replaced by more expensive free agents. This is why they’ve made the playoffs five years in a row, just like Seattle.
If the Hawks can avoid pitfalls like the players in the preceding list, they’ll continue to be in the playoffs regularly.
It’s difficult to judge rookies based on one year of action, but with several young players already making a difference for the Seahawks, the future figures to be bright.