Top 100 Seahawks Countdown: No 100-91

An unheralded receiver and premier pass rusher headline the first 10 players on our top Seahawks countdown.

Throughout the course of the 2019 season, the NFL will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary with a variety of events and programs honoring players and coaches of the past and present.

To take part in the festivities, Seahawk Maven writers Corbin Smith, Dan Viens, Nick Lee, and Ryan Fountain have assembled their own rankings for the top 100 players in Seahawks franchise history.

Who made the final cut? To launch our countdown, here’s players No. 100 through 91 with analysis and commentary courtesy of our writing staff.

100. Dean Wells, LB

Career Stats: 330 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 interception

Writer's Take: I remember thinking when he played that Wells, an unheralded fourth-round pick, was the anti-Brian Bosworth, as he followed “The Boz” by a few seasons. He gets overlooked in Seahawks history because he starred during the annual mediocrity of the Dennis Erickson era, but his reliability and consistency deserves attention. After making his mark on special teams his first two seasons, he won a starting job in 1995 and held it tight for the next four years, starting 49 games. He was never considered a star player or someone who was going to challenge for Pro Bowl berths, but he was a quality starter who performed for a significant length of time. I love that he found his way onto this list, even if it’s just at No. 100. -Dan Viens

99. Ray Roberts, T

Career Stats: 57 games with 46 starts

Writer's Take: Being a top-10 pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, Roberts never quite met unfair expectations, but he still performed well on the left side of Seattle’s line and I think he gets a bit of a raw deal considering he played on some of the worst teams in franchise history. He started 46 games during his first three seasons with the Seahawks and if injuries didn’t strike during the 1995 season, the team may have brought him back for a second contract. Instead, he wrapped up his career with five solid seasons as a starter in Detroit. -Corbin Smith

98. Chris Carson, RB

Career Stats: 1,359 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 27 receptions

Writer's Take: An impressive athlete who didn’t grab national attention at Oklahoma State, Carson joined the Seahawks as a seventh-round pick just two years ago, but I still believe he belongs on this list despite his brief tenure so far. Emerging as a dark horse during his draft year, Carson rose above Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls on the depth chart to secure the starting running back job. While a broken leg in Week 4 ended his rookie season early, he entered 2018 as the unquestioned starter and finished with 1,151 rushing yards, the fifth-highest total in the NFL. After becoming the sixth back in team history to reach the century mark, he can shoot up this list in the future if he stays healthy and continues to produce at a high level. -Ryan Fountain

97. Sam McCullum, WR

Career Stats: 232 receptions, 3,409 receiving yards, 21 touchdowns

Writer's Take: McCullum was so good for the expansion Seahawks, reeling in 232 catches for nearly 3,500 receiving yards and scoring 21 touchdowns during his tenure. Of the receivers in team history who have played at least 90 games, McCullum’s 14.7 yards per catch mark is eclipsed only by Hall of Famer Steve Largent. But because he played during Largent’s rise to greatness, he often gets overlooked, as evidenced by his exclusion from our Top 5 list of best receivers in franchise history. He certainly made my All-Underrated team though, and I’m glad to see him show up in our Top 100 as well. McCullum is still ninth on the team’s all-time receptions list and may have finished much higher if he hadn’t been released after the 1981 season in a controversial move marked by a court ruling in his favor that the Seahawks only cut him because of his role as the team’s players union representative. -Dan Viens

96. Nate Burleson, WR/KR/PR

Career Stats: 136 receptions, 1,758 receiving yards, 18 combined touchdowns

Writer's Take: Injuries prevented Burleson from living up to his seven-year, $49 million deal signed in 2006, as he missed nearly the entire 2008 season with a torn ACL and also missed three games in his final year with the team. But when healthy, he was as electric of a punt returner as the Seahawks have ever had and still holds team records in punt return yardage for a single season (658 yards) and career (1,288 yards). He also returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns during his first two seasons in Seattle, proving to be a special teams game changer. I would have loved to see what he could’ve accomplished as a receiver if injuries didn’t wreck the final two years of his tenure. -Corbin Smith

95. Bruce Scholtz, LB

Career Stats: 9.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries

Writer's Take: Playing on a defense loaded with stars such as safety Kenny Easley and defensive end Jacob Green, “The Stork” never received enough credit for his contributions. At 6-foot-6, the lengthy Scholtz looked like a defensive end rather than an outside linebacker, but he offered enough athleticism to cover tight ends and running backs while also being able to pitch in as a pass rusher. I’m confident his skill set would translate well to today’s game if in the right scheme. Though he wasn’t a sack artist for Seattle, he did record five interceptions and started 95 games in seven seasons with the team. He also played well in the postseason, intercepting a pass during the Seahawks surprise playoff run in 1983. -Corbin Smith

94. Dan Doornink, FB

Career Stats: 1,530 rushing yards, 1,940 receiving yards, 25 combined touchdowns

Writer's Take: In a different era of the NFL, fullbacks were a valuable asset to the running game and Doornink was one of the better ones Seattle has ever had. A multifaceted fullback as a blocker, ball carrier, and receiver, longtime fans may recall his dominant performance against the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1984 Wild Card round. With starting running back Curt Warner unavailable, coach Chuck Knox leaned on Doornink to lead the way and his unexpected 126-yard performance pushed the team over the top in the defensive battle. He may not be a household name to modern fans, but for that contribution alone, he’s a top-100 Seahawk in my book. -Ryan Fountain

93. Patrick Kerney, DE

Career Stats: 115 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 43 quarterback hits

Writer's Take: If we were assembling this ranking based on individual seasons alone, I’d argue Kerney is way, way too low on this list. His exceptional 2007 campaign may be the gold standard for Seahawks pass rushers, as he racked up 14.5 sacks and 26 quarterback hits while earning First-Team All-Pro recognition. Unfortunately, injuries and age prevented him from coming close to replicating that success during his final two years in Seattle and he retired after the 2009 season. With most of his career production coming in a Falcons uniform, it’s safe to say this ranking appears to be just about right for Kerney, who proved to be one hell of a one-year wonder with the ‘Hawks. -Corbin Smith

92. Mike Tice, TE

Career Stats: 92 receptions, 766 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns

Writer's Take: Known more for his coaching acumen than his playing career, Tice only caught 92 passes in 10 seasons with the Seahawks, but I think he should be on this list simply on the merits of being one of the franchise’s first undrafted success stories. The 6-foot-7 tight end signed with Seattle in 1981 and started his career in a reserve role before eventually earning consistent playing time in 1985, developing into one of the NFC’s best blockers at the position. His best season came three years later in 1988, the final year of his first stint with the Seahawks, as he started 16 games and caught 29 receptions for 244 yards. He would eventually return to the Seahawks in 1990 and played two more seasons with the organization. -Ryan Fountain

91. Robert Blackmon, S

Career Stats: 477 tackles, 15 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries

Writer's Take: If you haven’t heard of Blackmon, it’s probably because he played on a bunch of bad football teams in the early 90s and I’m sure his name gets lost in the shuffle considering the star power Seattle has had at safety over the years. While he’s not going to be mistaken for Earl Thomas or Easley, however, he put up excellent numbers for the Seahawks during seven seasons with the team. On three different occasions, he had three or more interceptions, including a career-high five picks in 1995. He also registered 102 tackles in 1996, his final season with the organization. If he had played on more competitive teams, there’s a pretty good chance Blackmon would’ve been a Pro Bowler at least one during his underrated career. -Corbin Smith

Comments (6)
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Emmit Brown
Emmit Brown

Blackmon seems low. I woulda thought he's a late 60's to low 70's range. So many names, good luck Corbin!

Human Roach
Human Roach

Butttackle Blackmon? I'll never forget him jumping and trying to knock a running back down at the 2 or 3 with his rear end instead of attempting to make a tackle..... one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my 30+ years of watching football... 😂😂