Welcome to another edition of Sunday Chat, where we discuss some of the hot topics in the world of the Seattle Seahawks. Today’s question is: Who’s the worst draft pick in Seahawks franchise history?.
This is a tough one, because there are so many candidates to choose from. The Seahawks have had their share of draft busts over the years, some of whom never lived up to their potential, some of whom were plagued by injuries, and some of whom were just plain bad.
Of course, every team has its draft misses, and it’s easy to judge in hindsight. But some picks are more glaring than others, especially when you consider who the Seahawks could have taken instead.
Here are some of the names that come to mind when I think of the worst draft picks in Seahawks history:. . .
Aaron Curry (2009): The fourth overall pick in 2009, Curry was supposed to be a can’t-miss linebacker who could do it all. He was hailed as a “safe” pick who would anchor the defense for years to come.
Instead, he turned out to be a major disappointment who struggled to fit in the scheme and make an impact. He lasted only two and a half seasons in Seattle before being traded to Oakland for a seventh-round pick.
He was out of the league by 2013.
Dan McGwire (1991): The 16th overall pick in 1991, McGwire was a towering quarterback who stood at 6-foot-8 and had a strong arm. He was supposed to be the future of the franchise, but he never developed into a starter.
He played in only 12 games for the Seahawks, throwing two touchdowns and six interceptions. He was benched in favor of Rick Mirer, another first-round bust.
He was released after four seasons in Seattle.
- Chris McIntosh (2000): The 22nd overall pick in 2000, McIntosh was a highly regarded offensive tackle who had starred at Wisconsin. He was expected to be a cornerstone of the offensive line for years to come.
However, he suffered a serious neck injury in his second season that ended his career prematurely. He played in only 24 games for the Seahawks, starting 13.
Final Thoughts: Debating the Worst Draft Pick in Seahawks Franchise History
The Seattle Seahawks have had their fair share of draft busts over the years, with several players failing to live up to expectations. While there are many candidates for the title of worst draft pick in franchise history, four names stand out: Aaron Curry, Dan McGwire, Chris McIntosh, and Malik McDowell.
Curry, the fourth overall pick in 2009, was supposed to be a surefire linebacker who could do it all. However, he struggled to make an impact and was eventually traded to Oakland for a seventh-round pick.
McGwire, the 16th overall pick in 1991, was a towering quarterback who never developed into a starter, playing in only 12 games for the Seahawks. McIntosh, the 22nd overall pick in 2000, suffered a serious neck injury that ended his career prematurely.
Finally, McDowell, the 35th overall pick in 2017, never played a single snap for the Seahawks due to a severe head injury suffered in an ATV accident.
While each of these picks had their own unique issues, the debate over who is the worst ultimately comes down to personal opinion. Some might argue that Curry’s high draft position and lack of production make him the worst, while others might point to the potential McDowell had before his injury.
It’s also worth noting that evaluating draft picks can be difficult, as teams often make decisions based on a player’s potential rather than their proven ability.
In the end, it’s clear that the Seahawks have had their share of draft misses over the years. However, it’s important to remember that every team experiences ups and downs when it comes to drafting players.
The key is to learn from mistakes and continue to make improvements in the draft process.