How does the Seahawks draft philosophy change for 2019 because of the Russell Wilson signing and the Frank Clark trade? Or does it?
Karley Sibert: The Seahawks draft philosophy shouldn’t be affected at all. They are always in trade down mode. They have two first round picks after the Frank Clark trade and will likely use one of them to trade down unless they are truly enamored with a certain player.
Colby Patnode: I don’t think the Wilson contract changes much. If there happened to be a quarterback who fell to them that they loved, I think they would still pull the trigger. They had serious interest in Patrick Mahomes a few years back. As for Clark, the team was already going to have to add at least one more edge rusher so I don’t think it changes their board much. Now they can stay and pick at 21. If a pass rusher falls to them, they can actually take him and use pick 29 to recoup some picks. I think the Clark trade opens them up for adding on free agency more so than the draft.
Todd Vandenberg: I don’t see their strategy changing. They added a first-round pick, but still just have five picks in a seven round draft. They need an edge rusher, an interior D-lineman, a safety, a corner, an offensive tackle, a guard, a wide receiver…Yeah, five picks aren’t going to cut it.
Lee Vowell: The 2019 and 2020 drafts have become immensely important with the signing of Wilson. The trading of Clark is relatively meaningless as it appears obvious Seattle was never going to offer Clark the money it took to sign him long-term. He will probably become a Hall of Famer and go in as a Chief. That’s life. Seattle still needs edge rushers whether they kept Clark or not and trading him frees up money for edge rushing draft picks and free agents.