The Seahawks’ draft board is beginning to crystallize. With just five weeks until the NFL Draft, now is a good time to start ourselves another mock draft.
As I did in my first mock draft, it is important to set up a few reminders. Remember, 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.
Now, as of right now, the Seahawks own just four draft picks. We have to assume that Seattle is going to trade down unless there are a few surprising trades of veteran players. With that in mind, Seattle will start with picks 21, 84, 124, 159.
The hope for Seattle has to be that a quarterback falls to pick 21 and a team falls in love with him. One potential candidate is Drew Lock of Missouri. There is real hesitation to take Lock in the top 10, but reports indicate that Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is enchanted by Lock.
Seahawks trade picks 21 to Oakland for picks 27 and 140.
So now, the Seahawks add a 5th round pick, but they can’t be done here. As annoying as it can be on draft day, Seattle will probably need to trade yet again to recoup some picks. At this stage, they need to find another deal.
The Indianapolis Colts could be a fit having a ton of draft picks and money to spend. In this case, Seattle trades picks 27, 159 to Indianapolis for picks 35 and 89. Now the Seahawks have picks 35, 84, 89, 124, and 140. But having the 84th and 89th pick doesn’t have much value when adding yet another pick makes more sense.
So we make one more trade, sending pick 89 to the Rams for picks 99, and 133. Our final tally now stands at the Seahawks owning picks 35, 84, 99, 124, 133, and 140. Now, Schneider has the opportunity to trade one of his three fourth-round picks for even more lottery tickets, but for our purposes, let’s start the draft.