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Seahawks aim to hit, not miss, on top draft pick

Friday, May 2, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

The NFL draft takes place May 8, and fans of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks would prefer another first-round Steve, not a Stevens.
   A Steve would be someone like Steve Hutchinson, the guard drafted in 2001’s first round who helped anchor the offensive line in Seattle’s 2005 Super Bowl season. Or even Steve Niehaus, the franchise’s first-ever pick, taken No. 2 overall in 1976.
   Stevens would be Jerramy Stevens, who oozed talent and but never reached his potential after being the Seahawks’ first-round pick in 2002.
   Seattle chose wisely with several of its first-rounders: Jacob Green (1980), Kenny Easley (1981), Curt Warner (1983), Cortez Kennedy (1990), Walter Jones (1997), and Earl Thomas (2010) come to mind.
   There were some disappointments too, and a few flat-out flops. I’m thinking of first-rounders Brian Bosworth (1987 supplemental draft), Dan McGuire (1991), Rick Mirer (1993, second player taken overall), and Aaron Curry (2009). The jury’s still out on James Carpenter (2011).
   Seattle recently traded its 7th-round pick to Oakland for Terrelle Pryor. Despite being late choices, several 7th-rounders have excelled in Seahawks uniforms: David Sims (1977), Sam Merriman (1983), Josh Brown (2003), and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (2011).
   Read NFL.com’s take on Seattle’s best and worst all-time draft picks.

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