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SWX-6 List: Last Six Seahawks First-Round NFL Draft Picks

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Russell Okung has been one of the most productive first-round picks the Seahawks have made in recent history. Russell Okung has been one of the most productive first-round picks the Seahawks have made in recent history.
With the 2014 NFL Draft today, May 8, at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY, SWX decided to take a look at the last six first-round draft picks made by the Seattle Seahawks dating back to 2008. 

Here is the list: 

2008: Lawrence Jackson-DE, USC-No. 28 Overall - Jackson spent the 2008 and 2009 season with the Seahawks. He didn't impress in his rookie year with only 29 tackles and 2 sacks, though he did start 14 games. In 2009 he upped his sacks to 4.5, but that was the end of his time in Seattle, he was traded to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round draft pick before the 2010 season. 

2009: Aaron Curry- LB, Wake Forest-No. 4 Overall - Curry was signed to a six-year $64-million ($34-million guaranteed) contract, which at the time was the most guaranteed money ever given to a non-quarterback rookie. The Wake Forest linebacker also only lasted two years in Seattle. Curry only had 134 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for the Seahawks before he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a 2012 seventh round and 2013 conditional pick. 

2010: Russell Okung- OT, Okla. St.- No. 6 Overall - Okung has turned into one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL, being named to the Pro-Bowl in 2012, when he's healthy. In each of his first two seasons he battled injuries and did again in 2013. He makes a difference when he's on the field and was a big part of the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII run this season. 

2010: Earl Thomas-S, Texas- No. 10 Overall - Thomas has been an integral part to the Seattle secondary that has become one of the best in the NFL, the Legion of Boom. Thomas is a three-time All-Pro and Pro-Bowler so far (2011, 2012, 2013) and was just signed to a 4-year $40-million contract on April 28. In his four seasons Thomas has racked up 345 total tackles and nabbed 15 interceptions.

2011: James Carpenter-OG, Alabama- No. 25 Overall - Carpenter started nine games as a rookie in 2011 before landing on the IR with a season-ending ACL injury. Carpenter started seven games in 2012 and 10 games this past season for the Seahawks and projects to be the starter at left guard for Seattle in 2014.

2012: Bruce Irvin- DE, West Virginia- No. 15 Overall - Irvin was listed as a defensive end in the 2012 draft, but now has made the transition to play outside linebacker after getting eight sacks in his rookie season--despite not starting a single game--and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team in 2012. In 2013 Irvin started 12 games at LOLB following a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy and finished with 40 total tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. 

Notable: 2013- Christine Michael- RB, Texas A&M- Rd. 2, No. 62 Overall - Michael was the first draft pick for the Seahawks in 2013 (Seattle didn't have a first-round pick in last season's draft). The former Aggie only ran the ball 18 times for 79 yards in limited time behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Michael could be the heir apparent to Lynch and adds depth to the Seahawks hard-nosed running game. 

Who will the Seahawks draft in 2014? We'll find out!

*UPDATE* Seattle traded their first-round pick (No. 32 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings for their 2nd (No. 40) and 4th (No. 108) picks. In making this trade the Seahawks will not have first-round selections for the first time in franchise history. The Vikings chose former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with Seattle's former pick to finish the first round of the draft. 
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