Seahawks Used Quite A Few Former Undrafted Players In 2013

Following the Seattle Seahawks win in Super Bowl XLVIII, we took a look at their defense and how it was mostly constructed of third-round or later draft picks. If that’s not impressive enough, 21 of the 53 players on their roster for that game came into the NFL as undrafted free agents, according to a Saturday tweet by ESPN.

According to my research, the Seahawks only had 19 undrafted players on their 53 man roster for the Super Bowl and that doesn’t include Brandon Browner, who was on the suspended list. Regardless, that’s an amazing amount of former undrafted free agents just the same.

You also might be surprised to know that the Seahawks also had 20 different former undrafted players that saw snaps on either offense or defense over the course of the 2013 season and that number does not include kicker Steven Hauschka, punter Jon Ryan and long snapper Clint Gresham. In total, those 20 players combined to play 5,229 snaps, which is roughly 19% of the total plays run by both the offense and defense times 11 players.

To put that into perspective, the Pittsburgh Steelers had 15 former undrafted players that played on either offense or defense in 2013 to the tune of 3,531 total snaps. That equates to roughly 14.9% of the total plays run by both the offense and defense times 11 players.

Former Undrafted Players Used By The Seahawks During 2013 Season

WR Doug Baldwin 916 2011 SEA
DE Michael Bennett 759 2009 SEA
DE Chris Clemons 726 2003 WAS
DT Tony McDaniel 622 2006 JAC
WR Jermaine Kearse 581 2012 SEA
CB Brandon Browner 462 2005 DEN
G Lemuel Jeanpierre 291 2010 SEA
FB Derrick Coleman 147 2012 MIN
G Alvin Bailey 117 2013 SEA
LB John Lotulelei 109 2013 SEA
WR Ricardo Lockette 99 2011 SEA
LB Michael Morgan 90 2011 SEA
WR Stephen Williams 64 2010 ARI
WR Bryan Walters 60 2010 SD
S Chris Maragos 53 2010 SF
LB Heath Farwell 49 2005 MIN
S Jeron Johnson 29 2011 SEA
DE Benson Mayowa 24 2013 SEA
S DeShawn Shead 16 2012 SEA
T Michael Brooks 15 2013 DET
T Caylin Hauptmann 0 2013 CLE
K Steven Hauschka ST 2008 MIN
P Jon Ryan ST 2004 CFL
LS Clint Gresham ST 2010 NO
  • Shannon Stephenson

    That is amazing work by the scouting department.

  • Brian Miller

    They are doing what the Steeler Organization used to do so well. Draft whomever fits your scheme according to their own draft board, and picking up UFA’s that fit their scheme. Just goes to show you how not hitting on 2 or 3 drafts in a row with the majority of the players can set you back a ways.

  • PA2AK

    Combine that with the retention of high priced vets because they got you a ring or two…and you get the Steelers of the 80’s and past couple years.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Looking at this, I’m not sure whether its luck or trend. However it IS better to be lucky than not, kudos to their scouting team. Impressive.


    Until we can see a longer sample…I think luck is a bigger part of it just as it was with James Harrison in PIT…that may not happen again for another 20 yrs.

    The article focuses on the UDFAs, but the reality is SEA has a lot of cap $ on the DEF side of the ball…they’re not doing it with all UDFAs.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Yeah, no I meant by how the article was articulated; it made things seem… misleading like how you should be targeting low rounds/UDFA players to build a roster and it goes without saying otherwise, is luck and really shouldn’t be a principle or a model of success.

    Remarkably, their blueprint mirrors the early 2000’s Steelers where their success continued from 05′ til further… well recently lol


    Not trying to take anything away from SEA…they’ve done a great job in the latter rounds as the article points out, but it doesn’t mention the big money, high draft picks on DEF.

    In PIT…scheme, particularly on DEF may be more important than overall talent.

  • David Hegewald

    what big money high draft picks? on defense i believe they have 2 high paid ufa’s they signed last year.

  • The Mental Lee Haney

    Earl Thomas is the only First Rounder drafted by the Seahawks who is an every game starter. Bruce Irvin was taken in the 1st Round but does not start. Sherman and Chancellor were 5th Rounders. Wagner was a 2nd Rounder. Avril was a 3rd Rounder and Bennett was undrafted.


    Spotrac reports roughly 7 of the top 15 highest paid players are on DEF…whether they were high picks or not they’re making big money now.

    Maybe I misunderstood the point of the article, but my take was the team was built around UDFAs.