NFL analyst just laid out the perfect trade idea for Seahawks in 2024 NFL draft

John Schneider would probably like to add a second-round choice back.
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The Seattle Seahawks have seven picks in the 2024 NFL draft, but there is an issue. Five of the picks are on day three, meaning between rounds four through seven. No NFL team wants to have their draft weighted so heavily toward the back end. Seattle gave up its second-round choice when they traded for defensive lineman Leonard Williams midway through the 2023 season.

Williams is a very good player, but he is almost 30 years old. He might be able to play at a high level for a few more years but his career would not last as long as a potentially productive 2024 second-rounder. Was he worth the trade? Yes, but that does not mean that general manager John Schneider should not try to make a trade to add a second-round selection back in next week's draft somehow.

Seattle currently holds the number 16 pick in the first round, but the kinds of players the team needs, such as interior offensive and defensive linemen, could be found with a later pick. Schneider has also made a habit of trading back in previous drafts in order to get more picks, and 2024 should be no different. If the Seahawks had the number 5 pick then they should not move back. But at pick 16? Why not?

ESPN's Bill Barnwell has a good idea about how the Seahawks can add a second-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft

ESPN NFL analyst Bill Barnwell has a great idea about how Seattle can get a second-round choice in a trade. Barnwell creates a mock draft each year, but what makes his mocks different is that feature potential trades for each team. For Seattle, that means making a move with the Detroit Lions who will move up to 16 while Seattle would take Detroit's number 29 pick as well as second-round choice number 61, and a 2025 fourth-round choice. Barnwell then passes an interesting for what Seattle would do at 29.

Barnwell says that the Seahawks should "consider" taking Washington quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. He points out that while Seattle traded for Sam Howell this offseason, the team in essence just swapped a third-round choice for a fourth-round choice while also adding Howell. Howell is the projected backup to Geno Smith and could stay that way for two seasons. This would mean Seattle would carry three quarterbacks on its 2024 roster and while that seems unlikely, it is not impossible.

Seattle adding a second-round selection would be excellent, but taking Penix, or any quarterback at pick 29, seems like a mistake. Seattle needs a guard, center, or defensive tackle more. At least, if Barnwell's idea proves to be correct, John Schneider would have a bit more draft flexibility as Seattle would have pick 61 as well.

The smart guess is that Seattle does trade back from pick 16 to get more picks. Barnwell's idea is a good one, too. But let's just hope the Seahawks do not choose a quarterback first.

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