Seahawks hit home run with late-round pick Richard Sherman in 2011

Richard Sherman is Seahawks' best late-round pick of all time (1:36)

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia explains how Seattle got a steal with their selection of CB Richard Sherman in the fifth round back in 2011. (1:36)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has no trouble remembering the numbers.

Fifth round, 154th overall, 25th cornerback.

"Been angrier and angrier with every pick that went by. I told myself that I was going to prove to everyone, to all the doubters, that they were wrong," he wrote on his website just last year.

"And today, even after all that I've been able to accomplish, with this team, with my brothers, these are still the numbers I have in my head. They aren't going away."

In college at Stanford, Sherman started his career at wide receiver before moving to the defensive side of the ball. At the combine, he ran a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash, which ranked in the 29th percentile among cornerbacks.

Five years later, he has started 74 regular-season games and has three first-team All-Pro nods under his belt. Sherman's 26 interceptions since the start of 2011 are tops in the NFL and five more than any other player. He has been one of the key cogs during the Seahawks' recent run of success, which includes a pair of Super Bowl appearances and one championship. And Sherman has been the face of a defense that has led the league in fewest points allowed for four straight seasons.

It's fascinating to consider where Sherman's career might be had he been taken in the first round. He is someone who is clearly motivated by any kind of slight. Sherman's brother, Branton, texts him throughout the season and keeps him posted on what is being said about him. Where would Sherman have turned to for an edge had people been telling him how great he was as a rookie?

He has been a bit quieter in recent years, but insists that's only because fewer people now go at him. The truth is Sherman has already made a name for himself, and though football is still at the center of his plan, he now has built up the profile to attract endorsements and help others through his foundation.

"When you saw him on the rise, he was battling for everything he could get," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said last season. "He still does that, but he has a perspective now. I think he has a voice that's listened to differently because of all he's been through and how he's handled himself over time."


Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech: Chancellor was passed over 132 times back in 2010. He has started 72 games, earned four Pro Bowl berths and delivered some of the most memorable hits during the Seahawks' recent run. Chancellor's success has been a great example of scheme fit matching a player's unique skill set.