This trade will not shock anyone if the Seahawks pull it on draft day. Numerous teams are looking for their future franchise quarterbacks, and if a team like the Steelers sees that their QB is still sitting there on the draft board at 9th, there’s no doubt in my mind that they will come calling the Seahawks.
All throughout this offseason, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been saying, that they are going to let Drew Lock be their quarterback this season, therefore the Seahawks will not be inclined to pick a quarterback at 9th. The trade down to 20th overall and getting an extra 2nd rounder gives the Seahawks more options towards building this team the way they want for this season and the foreseeable future.
This trade down to 20th overall means that the Seahawks are confident that the player they are targeting will still be there at that turn.
Round 1, Pick 20 (via PIT)
The Seahawks terribly need a good center to have better protection for their quarterback and also be able to efficiently run the ball. Getting Tyler Linderbaum, the top-rank center in this year’s draft class is a slam-dunk for Seattle at 20th overall.
Tyler Linderbaum has started 40 consecutive games for Iowa and has been named first-team All-Big 10 for the past two seasons. In addition to this, he also won the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top center.
Although Linderbaum is undersized at the center position 6’2″ 296lbs, he possesses that quickness and explosiveness from his experience playing defensive tackle before Iowa converted him to be a center. Linderbaum’s athleticism will help Seattle execute their run-heavy scheme well. Having a strong offensive line is extremely critical to the Seahawks’ success in running the ball this year and it starts with the center position.