RENTON, Wash. -- There were 53 cornerbacks selected in the 2011 NFL draft, and Richard Sherman wasn't among the first 33 chosen. If you think that doesn't grate on him, then you don't know Sherman, who was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
K.J. Wright was also selected in that draft. He was the 15th of 40 linebackers chosen, going to the Seahawks in the fourth round. If you think that hearing his name called after 98 players were already off the draft board didn't upset him, you don't know Wright.
"There's a fire that burns in a lot of guys on the team," said Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas.
.................And if people didn't know that players don't have to be taken in the first round to excel, the Seattle defense is a weekly reminder.