Two more trades plus a mock draft
The most likely scenario and what I am going to project would be for the Seahawks to trade back and accumulate a stash of draft picks. Here is an example trade scenario using the widely accepted Rich Hill trade value chart.
Below is the trade using the value chart:
- Cleveland received pick 17 (950 valuation)
- Seahawks receive pick 26 (700), pick 59 (310), and pick 122 (50). The total valuation of 960.
How this works out, Seattle receives a first, second, and fourth-round draft pick for Bobby Wagner after the trade back. Is that not something that Seattle could use to rebuild the team?
I’m going to plug one more trade into here. Seahawks trade picks 59 and 122 for pick 78, 90, and 178. This leaves Seattle with picks 26, 56, 78, 90, 123, 149, 154, 178, and 186.
This is my mock draft after the trades:
- Pick 26: Alija Vera-Tucker, LG: Take the top interior offensive lineman in the draft. Finally, time to get Russell Wilson the protection he deserves. Plug and play left guard.
- Pick 56: Landon Dickerson, C: A true leader of men. Phenomenal technique, hand usage, footwork, and anchor. Plug and play center.
- Pick 78: Michael Carter, RB: Slightly undersized for a typical Seahawks back. However, the kid is a tank. He plays with phenomenal vision, contact balance, route running, hands, and elusiveness. This could end up being the steal of the draft.
- Pick 90: Osa Odighuzuwa, DT: As I outlined in my draft targets article, Odighuzuwa is the Poona Ford of the 3-tech defensive tackle. Plays with great burst and fully utilizes that God-given leverage.
- Pick: 123: Ambry Thomas, CB: If Thomas hadn’t opted out of the 2020 season he could very well have been a fringe first-round pick. He is incredibly sticky in coverage and very physical. He will drop simply because of the unknowns from his year off.
- Pick 149: Jaelon Darden, WR: An explosive athlete who can create separation with ease. Plug and play as a slot receiver. Set him up with a screen or two and watch him rack up some YAC. Also, he is a big play waiting to happen with punt/kick returns.
- Pick 154: Kenny Yeboah, TE: Let Hollister go. Draft one of the best receiving tight ends in the draft. Surprisingly strong in-line as well. Blocked very well in the Senior Bowl.
- Pick 178: Ta’Quon Graham, DT: His arms go for days. Does well generating leverage into power. Explosive off the line. Needs to work on overall consistency. High upside player.
- Pick 186: Anthony Hines III, LB: A heat-seeking-missile on the field. plays with solid coverage skills and takes good angles when tracking the ball. Fits as a WLB and core special teamer.
Let’s go through how this worked out. Seattle spends their top two draft picks on a couple of the best interior offensive linemen in the draft. Both players are rock solid targets and instant starters. Give Russell Wilson time to make plays.
They then select the best running back on the board. They let Chris Carson walk. A committee of Rashaad Penny, Michael Carter and (Insert free agent signing) is more than enough for what they need.
Draft two crazy high potential guys in Odighizuwa and Ambry. Both in positions of need. The next four picks are my sleepers. The draft hammers the trenches. After all, we just saw the Bucc’s win by dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. This is how Seattle can replicate that.
After which, they can use the majority of the money saved from the Wagner trade ($9.6 million) to re-sign KJ Wright to a 2-year, $13 million contract. I don’t think his market is going to be as warm as he expects due to COVID. Mid-market player are going to get hit the hardest.
All in all, by trading Wagner Seattle accumulates a first, two-thirds and a sixth-round pick. They also would be able to re-sign K.J. Wright with money left over. Is this not something at least worth considering?