7. Lamar King
Position: Defensive tackle
Draft Year: 1999
Pick: 22nd (draft value: 780)
Lamar King was Mike Holmgren’s first draft pick for the Seattle Seahawks. Most experts thought he reached for the Division II Saginaw Valley State star, and they were right. King started 37 games in all for the Seahawks and recorded six sacks in 2000, but the rest of his numbers and tape were solidly mediocre. After 2000, he couldn’t stay in shape and recorded only three sacks for the rest of his career. He left the NFL in 2004.
King is on this list because of injury issues. He tore his calf muscle in 2002, causing him to miss eight games. He started three games the next season and was only active for nine games. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 but tore his calf muscle again and spent his lone NFL season outside of Seattle on injured reserve.
Holmgren tried to build the Seahawks’ defensive line through the draft multiple times but didn’t get much help. He was an offensive mind trying to build a defense. Holmgren’s and Carroll’s approaches were different, but both worked in their own ways. I guess that goes to show you: stick to what you’re good at and build from there, kids.
"Lamar King was Mike Holmgren’s first draft pick"
Holmgren was hit or miss on several draft picks during his career with the Seahawks. He drafted Alexander, Jones, and Hutchinson while bringing in Matt Hasselbeck to lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance (and whose single-season passing record stood until Russell Wilson broke it last season.) You’ll see a few Holmgren picks on this list, however.
Next: Number 6: Another Holmgren Reach