Obviously its way, way, way too early to be saying that any of our players are future Hall of Famers, but I still think its fun to look to the future and to speculate. I see 3 guys who have a legit good chance of being HOF'ers some day and a few others who might get some consideration.
1. Richard Sherman: Even though he hasnt made a probowl yet he was widely considered the best cornerback in football this year. Plus the All Pro selection shows that he has the respect of the writers who vote for Hall of Fame. Any time you're the best at your position you deserve consideration. If he can put together another 4 or 5 years playing at his current level, and then 3 or 4 at a pretty high level after that, i think he'll be in Canton.
2. Russell Wilson: For him I think it will come down to winning Super bowls. If he wins 2 or more, which I fully expect him to do, he'll be in. And you just know he'll end his induction speech with, "Go Hawks!"
3. Earl Thomas: He's 3 for 3 in Probowl selections and already has 2 (i think?) All Pro selections so he has the respect of players, media and fans across the country. If he can keep it up I think he has a pretty good chance.
Two guys who I think will get a bit of consideration and maybe a few votes are Lynch and Okung, but ultimatly I think they'll come up short. Of course, if we can string together 2 or 3 Super Bowls over the next seven or eight years our guys will get a ton of national recognition and it might help a few of their causes.
So, bottom line, Let's go win a few Super Bowls!!!
P.s. I believe Owen Schmitt will be eligible for Canton in 3 more years, and we all know that he's a lock.