Top 100 Seahawks Countdown: No. 60-51

In the fifth installment of our countdown, ferocious pass rushers and red zone weapons reign supreme.

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? Resuming our countdown, here’s players No. 60 through 51 with analysis and commentary courtesy of our writing staff.

60. Russell Okung, T

Career Stats: 86 starts, including 14 postseason starts

Writer’s Take: Okung missed a bunch of games due to various injuries during his six seasons with the Seahawks, but when healthy, he proved to be one of the better left tackles in the NFC. After missing 11 games with ankle and pectoral injuries during his first two seasons, Okung finally stayed healthy and started 15 regular season games, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Even while missing eight games on injured reserve in 2013, he returned late in the season and started all three of the Seahawks playoff games, including a 43-8 rout of the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. In total, he started 14 playoff games and two Super Bowls for Seattle. When he departed as a free agent after the 2015 season, his absence hit the organization harder than anticipated, as the Seahawks struggled to find a replacement until trading for Duane Brown. Durability issues kept him from being higher on this list and though he’s not in the same galaxy as legend Walter Jones, it’s not hyperbole to proclaim him the second-best left tackle in franchise history. -Corbin Smith

59. Kevin Mawae, C/G

Career Stats: 62 games with 59 starts

Writer’s Take: Mawae will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August primarily due to his success with the Jets and Titans, but his journey to Canton began with four strong seasons with the Seahawks. Drafted in the second round out of LSU, Mawae quickly found his way into Seattle’s starting lineup as a rookie in 1994. Starting 11 games at right guard, he garnered Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team honors, showcasing himself as one of the best young linemen in the sport. By his third season with the team, he’d transitioned to center, where he started all 32 regular season games during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. If the Seahawks would’ve been a bit more competitive (they never finished above .500 in his four years with the team), Mawae would’ve likely earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl before departing to join the Jets prior to the 1998 season. -Corbin Smith

58. Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR

Career Stats: 194 receptions, 2,781 receiving yards, 23 total touchdowns

Writer’s Take: When the Seahawks drafted Lockett in the third round in 2015, I think a lot of people, including myself, pegged him as a return specialist with some ability to run gadget plays and catch short passes. Well, look at him now! Lockett is one of those players who will undoubtedly be much higher on this list the next time we do it, because he’s likely to shoot upwards with a bullet. As a guy who seems to be questioned at every turn (too short, can’t stay healthy, can’t go over the middle), all he did was quiet all his doubters with a spectacular 2018 campaign. Fully healthy after the 2016 broken leg that had fans worried it would rob him of his explosiveness, Lockett averaged nearly 17 yards per catch on his way to a 57-catch, 965-yard season and scored 10 touchdowns. Now, with Doug Baldwin retiring, it appears the diminutive Lockett will be taking on an even bigger role in the passing game and as a mentor to all the young receivers Seattle brought in this offseason. Consequently, his role as a kick returner may be shelved, but a full-time move into the slot could result in a run of 80-catch seasons for the guy they call “Lockett the Rocket.” -Dan Viens

57. Terry Taylor, CB

Career Stats: 259 tackles, 16 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns

Writer’s Take: During the mid-1980s, the Seahawks made the playoffs several times thanks to a defense that consistently finished in the top-10 in scoring and featured plenty of star power. While safety Kenny Easley, cornerback Dave Brown, and defensive end Jacob Green received most of the headlines, Taylor was one of the unsung heroes for those stout defensive units. Selected in the first-round of the 1984 NFL Draft, the former Southern Illinois standout made an instant impact in a reserve role as a rookie, intercepting three passes for the 12-win Seahawks. Over the next four years as a starter, he continued to be a game changer in the secondary, picking off 12 passes and returning two of them to the house for six points. During two separate stints in Seattle, he lived up to his first-round billing with over 250 tackles and 16 interceptions in six seasons, and his numbers would’ve been even better if passes defensed were recorded as an official statistic. -Corbin Smith

56. Anthony Simmons, LB

Career Stats: 586 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 9 interceptions

Writer’s Take: Injuries unfortunately cut his career short, but during his first four years in the league, the uber-athletic Simmons was a tackling machine in the middle of Seattle’s defense and still ranks 11th on the franchise's all-time list for solo tackles. After only starting four games during his rookie year, the former All-American out of Clemson became a full-time starter and produced 92 tackles in 1999. He enjoyed a career-year in 2000, leading Seattle with 147 combined tackles while also producing 4.0 sacks, two interceptions, and 11 tackles for loss. His stellar play continued into 2001, as he racked up 121 tackles and showed improvements in coverage with seven passes defensed. He once again led the Seahawks in tackles in 2003, amassing 99 tackles, three interceptions, and 3.0 sacks. If healthy, it would’ve been fun to see Simmons as part of Seattle’s 2005 Super Bowl squad, and it’s a shame he never played in a Pro Bowl during his brief, but successful career. -Corbin Smith

55. Jimmy Graham, TE

Career Stats: 170 receptions, 2,048 receiving yards, 18 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: During his time in Seattle, Graham was equal parts athletic freak for the position and lightning rod. I think he gets a bum rap from some fans for things that were out of his control. Did the Seahawks make a mistake trying so hard to make a traditional in-line blocker out of him? Yes, but his receiving numbers during his three seasons in Seattle are hard to argue with, especially in light of games missed in 2015 due to a severe knee injury. If you compare his stats to what he did in New Orleans, you might be surprised to see his yards-per-catch and catch rate were nearly identical. He just wasn’t deployed as a receiving weapon consistently enough by the Seahawks, although they finally figured out the red zone part of it all when they found him in the end zone 10 times his final season. Graham is a future Hall of Famer and without question belongs on this list despite the fact he fell short of what fans expected of him after he cost Seattle a first-round pick and Max Unger in the trade to land him. -Dan Viens

54. John Randle, DT

Career Stats: 66 tackles, 23.5 sacks

Writer’s Take: When thinking of Randle, who has a bust in Canton, most fans remember him chasing down quarterbacks as a member of the Vikings. But he did plenty of damage during three seasons with the Seahawks as well. In his first season in Seattle, the 34-year old Randle made the Pro Bowl and produced 11.0 sacks. It takes a special kind of defensive tackle to accumulate sacks at the rate that Randle was able to do throughout his career, especially considering his performance well into his 30s. More impressively, his first season in Seattle was his most successful since 1997 when he registered a career-best 15.5 sacks. Aside from continuing to be a sack artist to close out his career, one-third of Randle’s tackles happened in the backfield during his time in Seattle, which justifies his ranking on our top 100 list. -Ryan Fountain

53. Frank Clark, DE

Career Stats: 136 tackles, 35.0 sacks, 72 quarterback hits

Writer’s Take: John Schneider pulled quite the heist this past April when he snagged a first and second round pick in exchange for Clark in a pre-draft trade with the Chiefs. It was quite the haul considering he only had one season as a full-time starter under his belt, but his value cannot be understated. Seattle took serious heat for drafting Clark following his dismissal from Michigan’s football team due to a domestic violence charge. But he matured during his four years with the Seahawks and became an elite pass rusher under the tutelage of defensive line coach Clint Hurtt. Despite being stuck in a reserve role behind Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril to open his career, he still finished with 13.0 sacks and 24 quarterback hits during his first two seasons. Once he found his way into the starting lineup midway through the 2017 season, he broke out with 22.0 sacks, 48 quarterback hits, and five forced fumbles in his last two years as a Seahawk. With 35.0 sacks in just 62 games, he’s ranked 10th all-time on the franchise’s sack list, which makes him more than worthy of being this high on our list. -Ryan Fountain

52. Chris Clemons, DE

Career Stats: 164 tackles, 38.0 sacks, 76 quarterback hits

Writer’s Take: Pete Carroll’s acumen for finding specific players who fit his scheme was evident right off the bat, as he was able to pry Clemons away from the Eagles in a trade for fellow defensive end Daryl Tapp just months into his first season in charge of the Seahawks. Clemons had shown flashes of being an effective pass-rusher as he bounced around the league his first five seasons, highlighted by 8.0 sacks he recorded in his lone year as a Raider, but he really blossomed under Carroll. In four seasons with the Hawks, he got to the quarterback 38 times, placing him 8th on the franchise’s all-time sack leaders list. In his final season, people tend to forget what a key cog he was on that 2014 Super Bowl team because he started the season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the Washington playoff game the year before, but he still managed 4.5 sacks in 11 games, was a key rotational piece in that defensive front, and was listed as a starter in the Super Bowl. -Dan Viens

51. Darrell Jackson, WR

Career Stats: 441 receptions, 6,445 receiving yards, 47 touchdowns

Writer’s Take: Out of all the receivers who made our top 100 list, Jackson may have been the most challenging to rank. Statistically, his overall numbers stack up favorably against any receiver not named Steve Largent, as he ranks in the top five in franchise history for receiving yardage, receptions, and touchdowns. On three different occasions, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in a season and also played well in the postseason, racking up 503 receiving yards and three touchdowns in seven playoff games. For a brief spell, he held Seattle’s single season record with 87 receptions in 2005, only to have the record fall to Bobby Engram in 2007. However, drops were a persistent problem for him and he posted a catch rate above 57 percent just once in his entire NFL career, so it’s interesting to consider how good his numbers would look without all the receptions left on the field. -Corbin Smith

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Emmit Brown
Emmit Brown

Jimmy being 32 spots higher than Z. Miller is insane! 1 good year gets you to 55?