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Who should the Hawks draft on Saturday?

Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree

The Seattle Seahawks hold the No. 4 overall pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft. Who will be their selection when they’re finally on the clock? Our pseudo-experts weigh in.

The Candidates:

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

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Digressions

Please God, make this man a Lion
Please God, make this man a Lion

Send Jay Cutler to the Lions, that’ll show him. If John Clayton says it, it must be true.  And right now J.C. is saying that the only two NFL teams capable of trading for Broncos QB Jay Cutler are the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions.  Yes.  Send him to Detroit where he can camp behind a shaky O-line and play in front of a morbid fan base.  There could be no greater justice in sports.

What’s worse than being a women’s college basketball analyst? Today on Sportscenter, NCAA Women’s College Basketball analyst Kara Lawson was being asked her take on the Women’s NCAA Tournament.  It was like listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.  I heard “UConn” a bunch, then noise, then some more noise.  Mostly, I feel bad for Kara Lawson.  What does she do the rest of the year?  And I’m sure she has to have a grasp on the fact that few people care about what she’s saying.  Hopefully the paycheck atones for all that.

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Four downs: A short list of the coolest things about T.J. Houshmandzadeh

tjhoushT.J. Houshmandzadeh has signed with the Seahawks and we should all be legitimately excited. Here we have one of the top receivers in the NFL, in the midst of his prime, coming to Seattle. You could argue that the Seahawks haven’t had an elite wideout since the Joey Galloway days (though Darrell Jackson would likely dispute that), so the presence of Housh should be glorified for all it truly is.

In order to get things started, we’re tallying off four of the best things we can think of regarding the newest member of the Hawks, outside of pure statistics. It’s a fantastic compilation, truly exhilarating, so enjoy!

1. His last name is “Houshmandzadeh.” Continue reading Four downs: A short list of the coolest things about T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Report: Housh to Hawks

houshESPN is reporting that wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is coming to Seattle.  The free agent has been weighing offers from the Seahawks, Vikings, and his former club, the Cincinnati Bengals, over the weekend.

If these reports are true, it will signify a major upgrade at the wideout position for the Seahawks, who, at one point during the 2008 season, were without their four top receivers.

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Notes: Hill franchised, I.T. love, and more

83804298JS011_CBE_CLASSIC_FIt’s been easy to overlook everything that’s gone on over the course of today, what with Griffey’s return and all.  But there are a number of other stories Seattle fans need to know about before the day is done, so let’s get to it.

Hawks franchise Hill. Free agent linebacker Leroy Hill will more than likely be returning to Seattle next season, as the Seahawks designated him their franchise player for the offseason, ensuring any outside suitors would have to pay a king’s ransom in order to sign him to a deal.  By placing the franchise tag on Hill, the Hawks have the option to work out a longterm deal with the pass-rush specialist, or simply pay him an average of the top five salaries of players at his position for one year.

I.T. on ESPN. Washington’s Isaiah Thomas is currently being featured in an article on ESPN.com, which can be found HERE.  The Huskies starting point guard was also interviewed in a television segment for the show “First Take,” and the video is posted at the above link as well. Nice to see I.T. get some national love after going relatively unnoticed over the past four months.

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The Top 11: Seattle draft busts of the past 25 years, #1

The first five on our list of the Top 11 Seattle draft busts can be found here, while numbers 6-2 are located here. To recap, the first ten individuals on our list are as follows: 11, Robert Swift/Johan Petro/Mouhamed Sene; 10, Ryan Christianson; 9, Sherell Ford; 8, Rick Mirer; 7, Patrick Lennon; 6, Roger Salkeld; 5, Scottie Pippen; 4, Rich King; 3, Brian Bosworth; 2, Ryan Anderson. And now, our number one Seattle draft bust of the past 25 years: Dan McGwire.

1. Dan McGwire. I almost considered just leaving this piece blank. There’s not much to say about Dan McGwire, and chances are if you hear his name these days you either laugh or cringe or both. First of all, he’s Mark McGwire’s little brother, which used to be a joke until we found out that Mark was a cheater and steroid user. Without the ‘roids, Mark may only have been as talented as Dan, we’ll never know for sure. With the ‘roids, however, Mark was a beast-and-a-half, leading fans to wonder whether Dan should have gotten on the juice as well. It definitely couldn’t have hurt.

For those of you unfamiliar with the enigma that is Dan McGwire, let’s quickly recap his short-lived NFL career. McGwire, a product of the football machine that is San Diego State University, was the 16th overall pick by the Seahawks in the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6’5″ quarterback with a rocket arm, McGwire was labeled the future of the Hawks franchise despite the presence of surefire veteran Dave Krieg under center.

McGwire was expected to emerge as the starter in 1992 with the departure of Krieg, but underwhelmed and eventually sunk to third on the depth chart behind the infamous duo of Stan Gelbaugh and Kelly Stouffer. In his first two seasons, McGwire recorded four interceptions to zero touchdown passes. The Seahawks, sensing a disturbance in the force, selected yet another franchise quarterback in the 1993 draft, this time going after the can’t-miss Rick Mirer. Following the conclusion of the 1994 season, McGwire’s tenure was over in Seattle and he remained in the league for one more year with Miami before hanging it up in 1995.

Now I’d like to sum up McGwire’s career by paraphrasing an Old Spice commercial. Dan McGwire was two things: a bust, and a white guy with a jheri-curl mullet.

The Top 11: Seattle draft busts of the past 25 years, #11-7

There have been plenty of draft busts in Seattle sports history, which is why we had to limit our findings to the past 25 years. Whether it was the Sonics, Seahawks, or Mariners making the selection, our local scouting departments seemingly had a knack for unearthing untalented players. By the way, do you know how hard it was to find images of some of these players? Especially live-action images, near impossible. Anyways, here’s our list of the Top 11 people you can’t help but shake your head at. Enjoy.

11. The Trifecta (Robert Swift, Johan Petro, Mouhamed Sene). Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me three times, I must be the Sonics front office staff on draft night. 2004: Robert Swift. 2005: Johan Petro. 2006: Mouhamed Sene. What do these three names have in common? Let’s see:

  • All three are former Seattle Sonics first-round draft picks.
  • All three are centers.
  • All three are over 7′ tall.
  • All three spend more time on the bench than they do playing.
  • All three are now Oklahoma City’s curse of a problem, and yet we’d take them back in a heartbeat.

Let’s start at the beginning with Robert Swift, class of 2004. Right away there were problems with Swift. I remember watching the ’04 Draft and hearing Swift’s name announced by David Stern, then immediately thinking, Who? Swift wasn’t present at the venue, so there was no visual of the guy the Sonics had selected. Quick cut to the studio analysis. Usually you have the consensus “great pick/really fills a need” garbage from the overpaid talking heads, but this one was a stretch even for the eternal optimists. I remember someone labeling him a “project,” which in draft-speak is a nice way of saying “you’re doomed.” And they were right, Swifty was one hell of a project.

To top it off, Swift is a non-European white guy, which is a horrible, horrible sign. Try to think of five really good non-European white guys in the NBA right now……..it’s difficult, I know, but keep trying………Steve Nash, yes……Brad Miller, but that’s a stretch………Mike Dunleavy, Jr., also a stretch……..ok, so the consensus is you can’t fill out an All-Star roster with non-European white guys, which basically begs the question why draft one in the first place unless he’s the next Larry Bird? Oh wait, hold on a second. Apparently the next Larry Bird was already drafted, and has yet to pan out so far in his third season. Goes by the name of Adam Morrison. Whoops, never mind then, I guess even the next Larry Bird isn’t a draftable non-European white guy. Moving on.

So here comes the 2005 draft and the prospect of improving from a year ago. Stuck with the 27th overall pick after the Sonics’ one playoff season in the past decade, the team drafts French center Johan Petro. There are about a million things wrong with drafting French center Johan Petro, but why go into it? Let’s just move on to 2006 (although it should be noted that of the three big men, Petro has shown the most promise thus far).

Mouhamed Saer Sene. If you are (or were, I guess, at this point) a Sonics fan and hear this name, chances are you cringe. Sene was the epitome of a mistake the moment he was selected and everyone knew it. At least you could pin the “project” label on Swift and Petro. Sene wasn’t a “project,” he was “raw.” “Raw” is the draft equivalent of “this guy isn’t American, isn’t European, and isn’t Yao Ming, so what the hell is he?” “Raw” means that you, the player, aren’t even on anyone’s draft board. The Sonics made this raw pick because, in layman’s terms, another team baited them into it. They claimed they “had to” pick Sene because they couldn’t afford to let him drop to an opponent lower in the draft, who supposedly would have selected Sene and used him against the Sonics in some way…I guess.

So here we were with the 7-footer from Senegal, a young Dikembe Mutombo, soon-to-be-fired experts said. Sene’s biggest claim to fame was a 7’8″ wingspan which allowed him to touch the rim standing flat-footed. Interestingly enough, he carried that flat-footed approach into games which made him quite useless on either end of the floor. Naturally, he blocked a few shots here and there, but so did Shawn Bradley and Georghe Muresan back in the day. Long story short, in his two years on the job in Seattle, Sene just didn’t play, and when he did it was for the minor league Idaho Stampede of the NBDL and not the Sonics.

Time for a side note. When Sene was selected, did anyone else immediately think of the movie “The Air Up There?” Because I did, and I could picture Kevin Bacon going to Africa to find Sene and bring him to America to play for a team here, just like in the movie. And not only that, but dominating alongside Sene on a dirt basketball court after having his lower abdomen sliced open in a tribal ritual to indoctrinate him into the group. Maybe it’s just me.

Of course, we don’t have to worry about The Trifecta anymore. Now they languish on the bench of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

10. Ryan Christianson. Realizing the clock was ticking on catcher Dan Wilson, the Mariners used their 1999 first-round draft pick on a high school catcher by the name of Ryan Christianson. The #11 overall pick in a draft that produced the likes of Josh Beckett and Josh Hamilton, among many others, Christianson was labeled the catcher of the future for the big club and set on the fast track to the Major Leagues. Unfortunately, Christianson’s fast track wasn’t very fast at all, and he derailed almost immediately, spending three years in Single-A ball at the outset of his career.

By 2005, Christianson was in his second stint with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, on the cusp of making the big show, when he tested positive for steroids. That effectively ended his Mariners career and Christianson was released prior to the end of the season.

Christianson was last spotted as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate in 2007.

9. Sherell Ford. Where the heck is Sherell Ford? Honestly. Does anyone know? If you know, please tell me, because I’ve been Googling Ford for an hour and he’s disappeared off the face of the earth. I can at least break down what we do know about Sherell Ford, international man of mystery.

Ford, out of the University of Illinois-Chicago, was the 26th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. At that point in the draft, there aren’t hugely outrageous expectations placed on players. You just kind of hope for the best and assume you’ll get a two- or three-year rookie contract out of whomever you select. In Ford’s case, 28 games was all the Sonics got, good for 90 total points, most coming in garbage time.

A 6’7″ swingman expected to fill a void at the shooting guard/small forward positions, Ford essentially just filled a void on the payroll. He didn’t even last on the bench after a season, and beyond that rookie year, Ford never played in the NBA again.

According to his Wikipedia page, Ford was last spotted in 2006 when a Chicago ABA franchise invited him to take part in a tryout for their expansion team. The franchise has since folded. No word on whether Ford made the team or not.

8. Rick Mirer. You would think Mirer would be higher up on this list, but he’s here at #8 for two reasons: 1) the Seahawks actually managed to get four semi-productive seasons out of him and 2) when they finally gave up on Mirer, they managed to get a first-round pick in return for him, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. Mirer did try his hardest to become the very best bust he could be though, there’s no denying that.

The second overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, right after Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Mirer was supposed to be a franchise savior for whichever team ended up with his services. Hyped as the next Joe Montana, Mirer more closely resembled Hannah Montana during his tenure with the club. The only thing he possessed similar to that of Joe Montana’s was a strong arm…which he used to deposit balls into the hands of cornerbacks and safeties. In his four years in Seattle, Mirer amassed 56 interceptions to just 41 touchdown passes.

Luckily for the Hawks, the 1997 Chicago Bears were a passer-desperate team willing to do anything for a starting quarterback, which Mirer technically was. Packaged with a fourth-round pick, Mirer was on his way to Chicago with a first-rounder coming West to Seattle. With their two 1997 first-round picks, the Hawks selected cornerback Shawn Springs and left tackle Walter Jones, making Mirer a pretty valuable bargaining chip.

Mirer remained on NFL rosters until 2005, when he unofficially retired. He hasn’t played since.

7. Patrick Lennon. In evaluating Major League draft prospects, scouts will always tell you to avoid guys who have “slow” skills. Slow skills are those which don’t lend themselves to athleticism, per se, but are rather baseball-specific skills that tend to decline rapidly once a player ages or makes the leap to the next level of competition. Examples of slow skills are proficient power but low contact ability; lack of speed on the basepaths; and the inability to play the middle positions on the field (shortstop, second base, center field). Patrick Lennon was a slow-skilled player. And yet somehow, the Mariners found it in their hearts to draft him eighth overall in the 1986 June amateur draft.

It should be noted that Lennon didn’t appear in a Major League uniform until 1991, five years after he was drafted. That he even appeared in a big-league clubhouse is pretty remarkable considering the fact that he just wasn’t any good at baseball. In the nine games Lennon was a part of in ’91, five came as the DH, which is a ridiculously bad omen for a young player. He recorded one hit, a double, in eight at-bats that season, posting a .125 batting average.

In 1992, Lennon spent the majority of the year in Triple-A before earning another late-season call-up. He appeared in one game, recording two at-bats and going hitless. Unfortunately for trickLe (I like to call him trickLe, it’s a hybrid of Patrick and Lennon, it’s like A-Rod, and is used to exemplify how out of control the hybrid nickname has become), that was the last time he’d ever appear in uniform as a Seattle Mariner. As soon as the season was over the M’s released their one-time first-round selection and he was quickly signed by the expansion Colorado Rockies. Interestingly enough, Lennon was released by the Rockies before the team ever played a game and he wouldn’t appear in the Majors again until 1996 with Kansas City.

Lennon managed to appear in 81 more big-league games in his post-Mariner career before hanging it up at the age of 31 following the 1999 season.