Pro Bowl 2011: Why the Seattle Seahawks Have No Pro Bowl Players

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Pro Bowl 2011: Why the Seattle Seahawks Have No Pro Bowl Players
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Tim Ruskell

The Pro Bowl certainly is not the best measure of who the best players in the NFL are, or else Aaron Rodgers would have been voted in this year (he was only the best quarterback in the NFC).

But five other Packers and three Steelers were named to the All-Star game that will be played today, which goes to show that the Pro Bowl tends to be somewhat a reflection of team performance.

That explains why the Seahawks, who, despite their top eight finish, were really among the eight worst teams, have no Pro Bowl players this year.

In fact, as Mike Sando’s post reminded us, the Seahawks have produced no Pro Bowl players from their last five drafts.

We decided to check it out in detail, and it turns out 57 players drafted since 2006 have been named to the Pro Bowl, and the Seahawks, Rams, Raiders and Bengals are the only teams not to contribute to that number.

It explains why Tim Ruskell, who presided over Seattle’s 2005-09 drafts, is no longer the general manager of the Seahawks.

Everyone already knew that Ruskell did a horrible job with first-round picks in his five drafts, busting with Chris Spencer (2005), Kelly Jennings (2006), Deion Branch (2007) and Lawrence Jackson (2008). Even Aaron Curry, seemingly the surest pick of them all, has not lived up to his No. 4 overall draft spot in two seasons.

At least Ruskell made up for one of those busts by getting an extra first-rounder for 2010, which Pete Carroll and John Schneider used on Earl Thomas.

We’ve previously broken down Ruskell’s moves in detail, but let’s see what he could have done better from 2006 to 2009.

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