Seahawks general manager John Schneider likes to make trades during the NFL draft. This year several of those could involve receiver DK Metcalf.
As I feel I am required to do so in these kinds of Metcalf articles, I want to note that I do not want Seattle to trade him. Teams spend lots of draft capital trying to find a player of Metcalf’s ilk. Just because Seattle could get a first-round pick or picks back for Metcalf does not mean that the Seahawks could ever find his true replacement.
But there are a few reasons to trade a very good receiver.
3 trades during the 2022 NFL draft that could involve the SEahawks and DK Metcalf
One is that receivers are solely dependent on someone getting them the ball. They can be impact players, obviously, but they need someone else’s help to create splash plays, unlike an edge rusher or cornerback.
Two, at least for the Seahawks, is that they already have Tyler Lockett who is very good. Plus, Seattle chose D’Wayne Eskridge in the second round in 2021 and the expectation is that he should be a productive player in the future. Eskridge shouldn’t just be a receiver that provides depth. As a second-round pick, he needs to earn a bunch of targets and get 800 yards or more.
The third is that receivers are getting paid near quarterback money now. Metcalf is worth market value but Seattle has lots of needs at different positions and receiver isn’t really one of them even without Metcalf on the team. Trading him saves money long term and allows Seattle to add draft capital.
Here are the three potential trades that would hurt because the Seahawks would lose Metcalf but greatly help because of adding young talent.