10. Chris McIntosh
Position: Offensive Tackle
Draft year: 2000
Pick: 22nd (draft value: 780)
Chris McIntosh was selected by the Seattle Seahawks to bookend Hall of Famer Walter Jones. With McIntosh, part of the powerful University of Wisconsin offensive line that sprung running back Ron Dayne for 226 yards that year in the Badgers’ Rose Bowl win, the Hawks thought they had a beast of a right tackle they could pair with Big Walt for years. Instead, McIntosh only played two seasons in the NFL.
"Difficult injury luck could not have happened to a nicer guy."
McIntosh worked his way into the starting lineup as a rookie in 2000, making 10 starts for Seattle. But he suffered a pinched nerve in his neck during training camp in 2001 and only made three starts that season. He rehabbed all of 2002 and tried to make a comeback, but the neck injury forced him to hang up his cleats before the 2003 season.
McIntosh was drafted the same year as Shaun Alexander, one of the best first-round draft picks in Seattle Seahawks history. Difficult injury luck could not have happened to a nicer guy. McIntosh had no off-field issues and worked hard to get himself back on the gridiron. When he was healthy enough to play, he showed the promise that the Seahawks saw in him when they drafted him in the first round, but he could never get his neck figured out. Oh, what could have been. He is now a real estate agent in the Madison, Wisconsin area. I’m sure he’ll get you a sweet house in the area if you ask him nicely.
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