Jon Gruden lists reasons for Seattle's draft success

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are entering their sixth NFL draft together.

Their previous five drafts have produced a lot of star players -- safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, cornerback Richard Sherman, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson, to name a few.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden listed what he sees as some of the reasons for their success.

“They both have an open mind and they have extreme confidence in one another,” Gruden said of Schneider and Carroll. “They have a lot of trust. There are going to be no split decisions on draft day. That’s a credit to their relationship and I think a big part of their success.

“Pete has been a college coach and I think the background and that dynamic helps the entire organization to find players and understand players, and allows them to create the culture that they have there.”

Gruden added that it isn’t just picking the right players, but knowing how to use them effectively.

“Every player that is drafted [by the Seahawks], they know Pete and his coaching staff are going to go overboard trying to make him successful,” Gruden said. “They are going to have a role for him and do everything possible to develop him. They welcome every draft pick with open arms.”