The Seahawks will be looking to acquire more draft picks come this weekend. Rather than trade down using their 3 other picks, they may look to trade away players on their roster for selections.
In a typical John Schneider draft, this team would be making anywhere from 7 to 10 selections. Obviously, this year is different, with the team trading its 1st and 3rd rounders away to acquire Jamal Adams and its 5th to grab Gabe Jackson.
With just a 2nd, 4th, and 7th round pick remaining, let’s take a look at a few players Seattle might want to consider moving to gain a bit of draft capital.
Seahawks to trade for additional draft picks
Marquise Blair – Blair is a solid nickel corner, and the Seahawks spent a 2nd round pick on him in 2019. DJ Reed can play nickel for this team, though. He succeeded in the position in 2020. That would leave Ahkello Witherspoon and probably Tre Flowers to play outside corner for the team, with Pierre Desir and Damarious Randall to back them up. Blair might be my favorite trade candidate, and I think the team could get a 4th or 5th round pick for him.
Quandre Diggs – Here’s another player that the Seahawks might be able to fill with the depth they. have signed on in the secondary. Diggs would also have close to the same trade value as Blair, possibly even a bit higher. He was, after all, a Pro Bowler last year. However, I think Diggs, unlike Blair, was a difference-maker for this defense in 2020. Out of the three players included, Diggs is the player I would least like to move on from.
Rashaad Penny – A former first round pick, Penny is a player who’s never been able to shine on the Seahawks roster. Obviously, Chris Carson is the guy long-term now, after he signed his deal in March. I think a team with a need at running back and a ton of draft capital might jump on Penny for a 3rd-4th round pick for some cheap talent.
The Dolphins or the Jets would be an excellent trade partner for Penny. However, if this team does trade Penny away, they’ll reopen a need at the running back position that they’ll most likely have to fill in the back half of the draft.
I could certainly see this team holding onto all of its assets through the draft this weekend, but don’t be surprised if the Seahawks move on from one of these players or another similar one because they are attracted to a few of the rookies in this class.