We have heard plenty about the draft history of new Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan when he was in San Francisco in the late 2000’s and in Seattle from 2010-2014. Both of those teams went to the Super Bowl with a core of players that McCloughan had a major role in drafting. But those were not the only Super Bowl teams that he had a major hand in building.
McCloughan was the director of college scouting for the Seahawks from 2000-2004. When Seattle made the Super Bowl following the 2005 season, 25 players he had drafted were still on the roster.
Among the players drafted on his watch in his first Seattle stint:
G Steve Hutchinson (Round 1-2001)—He was arguably the best guard in the game during his prime. Hutchinson was named first-team All-Pro five times from 2003-2009.
RB Shaun Alexander (1-2000)—Alexander rushed for over 1,100 yards in five straight seasons, capped by his 1,880-yard performance in 2005. That helped win him NFL MVP honors from many outlets. He actually finished up his career by appearing in four games with the 2008 Redskins
WR Darrell Jackson (3-2000)—Had over 1,000 yards receiving in three seasons and led the team in receiving four times.
CB Marcus Trufant (1-2003)—He picked off 21 passes in 10 seasons in Seattle, including seven during the 2005 Super Bowl seasons.
FS Ken Hamlin (2-2003)—He was a solid playmaking safety. In his four years with the Seahawks he picked off eight passes, forced four fumbles, and racked up four sacks.
For the most part, this is not a collection of all-star talent compiled by McCloughan and company in Seattle but a group of solid football players who were part of a team that in the opinion of many were robbed of a chance to win the Super Bowl over the Steelers by some highly questionable officials’ calls.
It should be noted that there were some first-round busts including WR Koren Robinson (1-2001) and OT Chris McIntosh (1-2000).