Expect the Seahawks to follow their usual draft habits, and trade down early and often to get the players they want in the 2019 draft.
The Seahawks don’t exactly have a lot of draft picks, as you may have heard. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have the solution, though. I’d wager that “Trade Down” is tattooed on their chests. If not, it’s certainly tattoed on their brains. This year more than any other, expect Seattle to follow their mantra.
Of course, these are little more than wild guesses, but they I do have some basis for them. For the first trade, I see Kansas City as likely partners. As it stands now, the Chiefs with their 29th pick sit right behind their bitter division rivals Raiders (picks 24, 27) and Chargers (pick 28).
As Oakland already has the fourth pick overall, you can be sure Chiefs GM Brett Veach doesn’t want to see five picks in the first round go to rival teams before he can make his pick (Denver has the 10th pick). Seattle makes their first move, trading the 21st pick for Kansas City’s 29th, second round and 61st overall, and the Chief’s fifth-rounder, 167th.
If you think the wheeler-dealers are done, you haven’t watched many drafts. The Seahawks will move that newly minted 29th pick again, this time to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have 10 picks in the draft, and have finally moved past the stage where they blindly draft random players and hope one or two work out. Yes, the Browns are actually good enough to move up in the draft.
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In my fever dream, Seattle will trade the 29th pick to Cleveland for their second (49), third (80), and sixth (189) round picks. That gives the Seahawks quite a stockpile. They would then have the following picks: 2/49, 2/61, 3/80, 5/167, 6/189. Not a bad haul for the 21st overall selection.
Giving up a first round pick is never easy, but remember that Bobby Wagner was a second-round pick, Russell Wilson a third, Richard Sherman a fifth, and Chris Carson waited for the seventh. It’s a risky move because Tye Smith and Jimmy Staten were fifth-round picks, too.
As much as we’d like to think that Pete Carroll and John Schneider are draft magicians, they have missed a few. But that’s okay. They’ve found plenty of gems in later rounds, as noted above. No one bats 1.000 in the draft.
What will they do with those picks? That’s going to take a huge amount of cogitation for this little brain. That, my friends, is my excuse for coming back to you with my picks later today.