Over the last few days, we have talked about how John Idzik can go about building the Jets in the style of the Seattle Seahawks. We have been going back in time, to each year of John Idzik’s tenure in Seattle, and looking at whom they drafted in each of those seasons.
The draft has been a lifeline for the Seahawks, as John Idzik plans to have it be a lifeline for the Jets as well. A great example of this was the 2010 NFL draft. Take a look at the Seahawks choices that year, you will recognize several names:
|1||6||Russell Okung||T||Oklahoma State|
|2||60||Golden Tate||WR||Notre Dame|
|4||127||E.J. Wilson||DE||North Carolina|
|5||133||Kam Chancellor||DB||Virginia Tech|
|7||236||Dexter Davis||DE||Arizona State|
|7||245||Jameson Konz||TE||Kent State|
First of all, eight more picks. The more draft picks the merrier, it’s the only way to build your team to have sustainable success. You can work more through free agency for temporary success, but to make the team good on a year to year basis, the draft is the only.
And to know how good the draft was, just take a look at that list above. Out of eight picks, four of them were part of Sunday’s Super Bowl win.
The first three picks, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, and Golden Tate, are all still around, playing significant roles. Thomas posted a career high 105 tackles in 2013, Okung has started 45 games over four seasons, and Tate posted a career high 64 receptions to go along with 898 yards and five touchdowns.
Not too bad.
Then add the choice in the fifth round, the 133rd pick overall, Mr. Kam Chancellor, member of the legion of boom.
Over the last three years, Chancellor has averaged 99 tackles per season, to go along with 23 pass breakups, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles. Oh yes, he added six tackles and an interception in the Super Bowl as well.
This series of posts is certainly showing us how the Seahawks have built their team. By drafting extremely well.