Over the last couple of days, we have been going back through history with John Idzik. We know he was a part of the building of the team that we saw demolish Denver the other night in Super Bowl 48. He has talked about how the draft is going to be a “lifeline” for the New York Jets. How has he gotten that done in the past?
Now, unfettered by the restraints put on by Mike Tannenbaum, is as good a time as any to look back. John will have plenty of resources available to him to build this team in the Seahawks’ mold. So, we have been looking back at the Seahawks’ draft picks when John was there. We are up to 2009, so let’s get right to their choices:
|1||4||Aaron Curry||LB||Wake Forest|
|3||91||Deon Butler||WR||Penn State|
This year, they didn’t have as many picks as they would have in future seasons. Seven picks aren’t a lot, but it’s not four, or five either. We know the Jets have had their problems in the past with retaining their draft picks, so seeing at least seven is still a good sign. The more picks you have, the great the chance, obviously, of finding players that will stick.
Throughout these years, the Seahawks have been able to draft players that were available this past Sunday in the Super Bowl, and 2009 was no different.
With their second round pick, the 49th overall, they selected Max Unger, tackle out of Oregon. They have since converted him to a center, and he has made his mark.
Aside from 2010, Unger has started nearly every game since he entered the league. He was selected to the All-Pro team in 2012, and to the last two Pro Bowls. Our own Nick Mangold had to replace him in the 2013 Pro Bowl, as Unger had to get ready for that little game known as the Super Bowl.
Ho hum, another season, another player that was picked by the Seahawks, and has stuck with the franchise. Not only have the stuck, they have performed well.
I could deal with this.