There will come a time or two this upcoming NFL season—maybe on Sept. 25, maybe on Jan. 1, maybe both—when Kevin Kolb will do something to make Seattle Seahawks fans imagine he was wearing their team's uniform.
And maybe the same will be true for every quarterback Seattle faces, but Kolb is different because he realistically could have become a Seahawk.
Now they get to see Kolb twice a year in the NFC West, and if he is as good as his new team believes, Kolb will give Seattle fans plenty of chances to wonder what could have been.
It's not entirely unique. Every NFL fan can think of a few players who, under difference circumstances, could have built All-Pro careers for their team instead of against them.
Maybe it was a missed opportunity in the NFL draft. Maybe it was a trade that fell through at the last minute. Maybe it was a free-agency decision that went down to the wire. But every franchise has a list of especially regrettable decisions.
Before going any farther, here's a reminder in case you didn't catch the version of this piece I wrote for the Seattle Supersonics:
With an exercise like this, you have to suspend reality a little bit. If the Seahawks had always made the right draft pick or the right trade, the team's record would put them in different draft and trade positions down the road.
So take these on a case-by-case, year-by-year basis. And feel free to use your imagination.
Also, since it's not fair to single out one team for underrating a player that everybody else underrated, I put in a 10-pick margin for error when it comes to the NFL draft. So if Seattle had the 10th pick in a round in which, say, Osi Umenyiora went 24th, it'd be unfair to say they should have known to take Osi that high when nobody else did.
With that, here are the top 30 players over the past 15 years who could have been Seahawks: