Now that the combine has wrapped up, the NFL world will turn to free agency, where the Seahawks could be busy. But with more testing numbers to pair with tape, it’s a good time to re-evaluate some draft options.
Before we begin, it is important to remember that we are working with incomplete information. Nobody pegged Bruce Irvin as a first-round pick when the Seahawks selected him 15th overall in 2012. As it turns out, at least two teams wanted to take him in round 1.
No matter how much we think we know, it only takes one team to completely embarrass your evaluation. There is a good chance that somebody we see as a 5th round pick will go in the second. It just happens.
One other thing to consider is the team’s needs. While the Seahawks won’t draft exclusively for need, it will, nonetheless, be a factor in their decision-making process. The Seahawks most glaring needs are edge rushers, safety, corner, wide receiver, and offensive line.
The other thing that needs to be addressed is that the Seahawks have only 4 draft picks, numbers 21, 84, 124,159. GM John Schneider has already stated he would like to get to 8 picks, so expect Seattle to make a few trades. In this version, we have 2 trades, but I would bet the over in April. With all that in mind, let’s get started.
Trade #1: Seahawks trade #21 pick (800) to LA Chargers for picks 28(660) and 91 (136).
Now the Seahawks have added a 3rd round pick, giving them 5 picks total, without seeing a significant drop in potential adds. Typically, teams who trade at the end of round 1 are doing so for a quarterback. Perhaps the Chargers are looking for Philip Rivers heir apparent. But the Seahawks aren’t done yet.
Trade #2: Seahawks trade picks 28 (660) to the NYG for picks 37(530), 108(78), 132 (40).
Now the Seahawks have 7 picks. They fall out of the first round, but unless there are some surprising veteran trades, it seems highly likely that this will be the only way to recoup picks. Thankfully, there isn’t a huge difference of talent after the Top 20 picks, so Seattle can still get players they need.
Now it is entirely possible the Seahawks make more deals, but for our purposes let’s just use these picks as our parameters.