Most NFL observers say you cannot judge a draft class for at least two or three years. What you don't know is that those "observers" are actually GMs like Tim Ruskell who continually runs horrid drafts and tell people to wait for a return. No additional time is needed to validate that the 2010 Seahawks draft was an A+. It is not going to far to say it may go down as the best draft in the franchise history.
A quick review of today's draft contributions:
- Earl "Desperately Needs A Nickname That Sounds Fast" Thomas
Thomas has two picks, the first of which was stunning. Nobody in the stadium except for Thomas thought he picked that ball off. His second pick sealed the game, when he seemed to close 5 yards in less than a second. He also contributed 6 tackles, a pass defensed and a critical QB hit on a blitz late in the 4th quarter.
- Golden Tate
Caught all four passes thrown his way, including some tough ones. Nearly broke a punt return for a TD in the second quarter.
- Walter Thurmond
Subbed admirably for Marcus Trufant. Finished with 8 tackles and a pass defensed. Made a number of strong open-field tackles.
- Leon Washington
He's not a rookie, but he was acquired for a 5th round draft choice. As far as I'm concerned, he's part of the draft class, and what a fifth rounder he is!
- "Battering" Kam Chancellor
Forced a terrific fumble on a kickoff before half.
- Dexter Davis
Recovered the fumble Chancellor causes.
The front office deserves serious kudos for a job well done. Rarely, do you see a team's talent level turned around so significantly after just one draft. And we haven't even seen Russell Okung in a regular season game...