Top 10 Defensive Linemen in Seattle Seahawks History

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2015

FILE- In this Dec. 16, 2000, file photo, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (96) celebrates Seattle's 27-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Seattle. Kennedy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on  Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Cheryl Hatch, File)
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Here's a look at some of the best men to ever take a three-point stance on the defensive side of the ball in Seattle since 1976.

Some stayed only a few years, some played their whole careers in the Emerald City and one rose to the rank of legend.

Players had to have spent at least three seasons with the Seahawks in order to be considered for inclusion. Stats from pro-football-reference.com. and the 2013 Seahawks Media Guide.

Antonio Cochran (1999-2004)

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A Georgia product, Cochran spent six seasons in Seattle after being drafted in the fourth round in 1999. In 85 games, he made 131 tackles to go with 15.5 sacks, and also recovered five fumbles while picking off two passes. He had a career-high 36 tackles in 2002, and a personal-best 6.5 sacks in 2004 before closing out his career the next season with Arizona.

Tony Woods (1987-1992)

14 Oct 1990: Linebacker Tony Woods of the Seattle Seahawks moves down the field during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won the game, 24-17.
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A six-year Seahawk, Woods notched 543 tackles and 16 sacks in 89 career games with Seattle. A first-round draft choice in 1987 out of Pittsburgh, his best campaign came in 1988, when he collected 141 tackles and five sacks while helping the Seahawks to their first AFC West division title. He played one year with the Los Angeles Rams and three with Washington before retiring.

Brandon Mebane (2007-Present)

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Mebane, who missed the last 10 games of the 2014 campaign due to injury, has recorded 214 tackles and 14 sacks in 116 career games with Seattle after being drafted in the third round from California in 2007. He was also a member of Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII championship squad and made three tackles in the title tilt.

Rocky Bernard (2002-2008) 

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A member of Seattle's first Super Bowl team, Bernard was the roadblock in the middle of Qwest Field, recording 203 tackles and 29 sacks in seven seasons with the Seahawks to go with 13 passes defended and five fumbles recovered. The Texas A&M alumnus posted 42 tackles and a career-high 8.5 sacks during the 2005 Super Bowl season, and finished his NFL career by playing three campaigns with the New York Giants.

Jeff Bryant (1982-1993)

14 Oct 1990: Defensive linemen Jeff Bryant of the Seattle Seahawks sacks quarterback Jay Schroeder of the Los Angeles Raiders during a game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won the game 24-17.
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A career Seahawk, Bryant came to the Pacific Northwest as a first-round draft choice out of Clemson and didn't disappoint. A member of Seattle's first NFL playoff squad in 1983, he played before tackles were an official statistic, but still managed 63 sacks in 175 contests, including 14.5 sacks during the 1984 campaign as the Seahawks again advanced to the postseason. He also recovered 11 fumbles and registered an interception and a safety in his tenure before retiring.

Sam Adams (1994-1999)

6 Sep 1998:  Defensive tackle Sam Adams #98 of the Seattle Seahawks in action during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allspor
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The Texas A&M product spent six seasons of his 14-year NFL career in Seattle, collecting 167 tackles and 23 sacks in 89 appearances in blue and green. He also recovered three fumbles, recorded a safety and returned his lone interception in a Seahawks uniform for a touchdown, while also being named to three Pro Bowls.

Joe Nash (1982-1996)"Air Nash" managed to block a team-record 10 kick attempts over his 15-year Seahawks career. The former Boston College Eagle also recorded a total of 743 tackles, 47.5 sacks and seven recovered fumbles in Seattle while playing in a franchise-high 218 games, and he also recorded one touchdown and one Pro Bowl selection in his tenure.

Michael Sinclair (1992-2001)

4 Oct 1992: Defensive lineman Joe Nash of the Seattle Seahawks (left) and San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Eric Moten tangle up during a game at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won the game, 17-6.
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Sinclair was another anchor on the Seahawks defensive line in the late Kingdome years and was named to three Pro Bowls. The Eastern New Mexico alumnus recorded 273 tackles and 73.5 sacks to go with nine fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in 144 contests with Seattle. He led the NFL in 1998 with 16.5 sacks, and he ended his career playing four games with Philadelphia in 2002.

Jacob Green (1980-1991)

29 Nov 1998:  Running back Eddie George #27 of the Tennessee Oilers in action against defensive end Michael Sinclair #70 of the Seattle Seahawks during a game at the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Oilers 20-18. Mandatory Credit
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Nearly 25 years after he played his final game, Green remains the Seahawks' greatest sack-master. In 10 seasons in Seattle, he registered a franchise-best 97.5 sacks (116 unofficial) in 180 games. He also forced a team-record 28 opponent fumbles, and intercepted three passes before finishing his NFL career in 1992 with two games with San Francisco. The Texas A&M alumnus and two-time Pro Bowler collected 719 tackles as a Seahawk, and was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 1995.

Cortez Kennedy (1990-2000)

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Defensive end Jacob Green #79 of the Seattle Seahawks gets into his stance during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Jack Murphy Stadium on September 18, 1988 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Seahawks
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"Tez Rex" was such a dominant defender, he was named the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year even as the Seahawks finished 2-14 and set records for offensive futility. By the time Kennedy was finished, he had notched 586 tackles and 58 sacks in 167 outings, and garnered eight Pro Bowl selections. The University of Miami alumnus closed his playing career one year after his first and only NFL playoff game, the 20-17 setback to the Miami Dolphins in 2000 that closed the Kingdome. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, the second full-time Seahawk so honored, after first joining the team's Ring of Honor in 2006.

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