November 19, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) is tackled by Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Expect Seahawks To Be Busy Trading on Draft Day

The Seahawks have only 6 picks in this years draft. They’re without their 5th and 7th round picks, though they did get a 7th from the Raiders as a part of the Aaron Curry trade. GM John Scheider has said that he wants to pick 8 or 9 players each year, so clearly moves are likely to be made.

The easiest way to acquire more picks is to trade down in the early rounds, and that is what I believe the Seahawks will do. There has been a lot written about exactly who the Seahawks will pick at #12. I’ve written about it quite a number of times, but I honestly think that all those words will be for naught.

If I was a betting man, I’d wager a decent sum of cash that the Seahawks will trade down in the First round and get additional picks. Some player will be sitting there at 12 that a team will want to move up for, be it DeCastro, or Coples, or Ingram, or Kirkpatrick, or Kuechly. Maybe even all 5. There should definitely be someone willing to give up a decent haul to move up and make sure they get their guy.

And thus Seahawks will likely move down. I could even seem them dropping down multiple times, right out of the first round, especially if they can acquire a first round pick for next year in the process.

Why drop so far? Because the Seahawks can without it really hurting their draft plan. Perhaps the best OLB in this year class (at least in terms of fitting the Seahawk’s very unique defensive system) is Levante David, who should still be available when the Seahawks pick in round 2. David is an outstanding Strong Side LB prospect who looks to be a faster version of KJ Wright, and would allow Wright to move inside to Middle Linebacker.


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  • Hawk_Eye

    Keith, you are right on with this one. The drop off in talent from where we are picking at #12 to the #20 – #30 range is not that great. With John Scheider’s talent for picking players, the more picks we have in the draft the better off we will be, even if they are lower picks.

  • bromar241

    David is WILL not a SAM….

  • Hawkman

    Good read. But if I picking and DeCastro is there I am taking him. Other than that yes, definitely move down .

  • misfit74

    Some good points. I think nearly every team wants to trade down and acquire more picks, so it’s going to just depend on who’s able to make it happen and what the trade-off is. We can’t assume we’ll be the ones trading down when it’s an attractive option for so many teams. I definitely think trading down makes some sense given our team needs vs. the value that projects to be there at 12 (see: poor value and lame pass-rushers). I firmly believe that with our FO, LBs can be found in middle and later rounds. Guys like David (for WLB) and Kendricks (for SAM or Mike) are exciting possibilities, just to name a couple. I’d love a guy like Mercilus, Andre Branch, or Vinnie Curry after a trade-down in round 1 being so very far from sold on Upshaw or Ingram.  

  • Keith_12thMR

     @bromar241 I had David as a WILL as well, but the I spoke to Rob Rang about him, and Rand said that many 4-3 teams believe that he’s better suited to be a SAM since he should be able to cover the league’s top TEs, and is apparently strong enough to set the edge in the running game. I’m not sure how the Seahawks view him, but he would seem like a good fit on either side of the formation.