Another shoe that drops following the end of a season is a team’s place in the draft order. After losing to the Packers in the Divisional Round, the Seahawks now know that they’ll pick 27th in the 2020 NFL Draft.
That’s the very same pick Seattle used to select Rashaad Penny in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fun fact, the Seahawks haven’t made a draft pick higher than No. 27 since 2012, when they took Bruce Irvin 15th overall. A lot of that has to do with John Schneider’s affinity for trading back in the first round or out of the first round all together.
For that reason, there’s a good chance this article ends up being irrelevant come April. Still, let’s explore some of the best-case scenarios for what Seattle’s 27th-overall pick could turn into. There are some good ones.
From most recent drafts working backward:
2019 – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (Raiders)
Abram showed promise before a shoulder injury ended his season after just one game.
2017 – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU (Bills)
This is the dream for Seattle. White was named first-team All-Pro in 2019 after leading the NFL with six interceptions. The Seahawks have a need at corner after Tre Flowers’ shaky end of the season.
2016 – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (Packers)
Clark continues to be a starter for the Packers, and he has posted back-to-back six-sack seasons.
2015 – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut (Cowboys)
Jones has been starting since his rookie season and is a one-time Pro Bowler.
2013 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Texans)
Like White, this is the pipedream for Seahawks fans. Hopkins is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been named All-Pro three years running.
2012 – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (Bengals)
Zeitler was a Day 1 starter in Cincinnati and has made 118 career starts in his eight seasons. He was part of the deal to the Giants in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. after spending 2017-18 with the Browns.
2011 – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (Ravens)
Smith, surprisingly enough, has never made a Pro Bowl. But he’s won a Super Bowl, and he’s been a mainstay in Baltimore’s secondary since he was drafted. He’s struggled with injuries but still has 14 career interceptions.
2010 – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers (Patriots)
McCourty is a two-time Pro Bowler, making one as a corner and one as a safety. He’s also got three Super Bowl rings.
2005 – Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham (Falcons)
White was named All-Pro once, made four Pro Bowls and had six 1,000-yard seasons in what was a very successful career in Atlanta.
2004 – Jason Babin, OLB, Western Michigan (Texans)
Babin was a bit of a journeyman. He played for seven different teams, including a stint in Seattle, but he still made two Pro Bowls and ended up with 64.5 career sacks.
1983 – Dan Marino, QB, Pittsburgh (Dolphins)
The Seahawks obviously aren’t going to take a quarterback in the first round, but now you have a fun fact that might be useful someday in bar trivia. You’re welcome!\