9. Owen Gill
Position: Running back
Draft year: 1985
Pick: 53rd (draft value: 370)
Drafting Owen Gill, the leading rusher in Iowa Hawkeyes history at the time, didn’t cost the Seattle Seahawks very much. They took him in the second round and appeared to have a steal at the time. The 1985 draft was particularly brutal for Seahawks, who traded their first round pick to the Cincinnati for center Blair Bush two years before. Gill was one of the reasons why Seattle got almost nothing out of the 1985 Draft. He never played a down for the Seahawks after failing to impress in training camp leading into the 1985 season.
The Seahawks released Gill before the start of the regular season and he bounced around the league afterwards. He was included in the Colts’ trade for Eric Dickerson on Halloween in 1987. He ran for only 490 yards and three touchdowns in his three-year career, making only one start for Indianapolis in 1986. Gill was a total underachiever in the NFL despite being a prolific back in college. His final year with the Rams was a complete bust. He appeared in only one game and did not touch the ball all year.
"Gill never played a down for the Seahawks after failing to impress in training camp leading into the 1985 season."
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys took a chance on a much less heralded running back named Herschel Walker, then playing in the United States Football League in 1985, with the 114th pick.
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