RENTON, Wash. (AP) General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll built the Seattle Seahawks into champions in part by thoroughly dominating the NFL draft in the early years of their tenure.
It took a mere four drafts for the duo to build the foundation of a roster that was strong enough to reach back-to-back Super Bowls with only a little augmentation through trades and free agency. They were drafts filled with immediate starters, some of whom have become All-Pro-caliber players at different points in their careers.
But the draft classes that followed have not come close to giving Seattle the same depth or caliber of players. There have been more misses than hits, leaving Seattle at a crossroads entering this week's NFL draft.