RENTON — After a long wait that now will get even longer for the Seahawks to truly take part in the 2014 NFL draft, Seahawks general manager John Schneider sat down in front of the assembled media and apologized.
“Sorry about that,’’ he said, a reference to the team’s trade of its first round pick to Minnesota, which now means Seattle won’t make a pick until Friday’s second and third rounds are held.
Schneider, though, was more than happy with the way the day unfolded as Seattle dealt what was the No. 32 overall pick — the final selection in Thursday’s first round — to the Vikings for picks No. 40 in the second round and No. 108 in the fourth round.
Getting an extra pick, Schneider said, was “exactly what we were hoping for. … there were some good players there. But we had the opportunity to grab another pick, another fourth-round pick. We saw value in the trade. … Now you just have to see how tomorrow goes.”
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Minnesota wanted to move up to take Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, one of several big-name signal-callers who fell in the draft, which made Seattle’s pick at No. 32 particularly enticing to other teams. Teams have the option to control the contracts of players taken in the first round for five years, opposed to four for others.
Schneider said Seattle talked to “five or six teams’’ that were interested in moving up to get a quarterback.
Minnesota, he said “stayed with it so we did it with them.’’
It’s the second straight year Seattle has traded its first-round pick to the Vikings, doing so last year as part of the deal in which the Seahawks acquired receiver Percy Harvin. Seattle, in essence, replaced a third-round pick in that deal that was also traded to the Vikings for Harvin.
Seattle is now scheduled to have two picks in the second round, also still holding its own at No. 62.
Schneider had hinted strongly last week that the team might trade out of the first round, saying “I just like it in general.’’
It made even more sense this year with Seattle entering the day with just six picks, its fewest since 2006, but also with few immediate holes in a young roster last seen beating Denver 43-8 to win the Super Bowl.
It also continues a trend as Seattle has made eight draft day trades since Schneider took over as the Seahawks’ general manager in 2010. In seven, the Seahawks have traded down (Seattle has made 22 trades overall involving draft picks since 2010).
While there was one report from NESN.com that the Seahawks had their eye on Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who went No. 29 to the Patriots, Schneider said Seattle was ready to make a pick before the trade with the Vikings worked out.
“We were ready to pick,’’ he said. “It just worked out that way.’’
What helped is that there were a number of what Schneider called “upsets’’ among the earlier picks — selections that bucked the conventional wisdom.
“You just expect a certain number of those and this year there were more, so it worked out great,’’ he said. “That’s why we felt even better at the end about being able to move back.’’
The Seahawks now have seven picks overall — two scheduled for Friday and five when the fourth thorough seventh rounds are held Saturday.
But the Seahawks might be inclined to trade down again, having traded down in the second round the last three seasons.
“We have a number of players that are suitable for that pick at 32 that we feel would be suitable at 40 as well,’’ Schneider said. “There are several guys we hope will be there tomorrow, but if somebody comes tomorrow with something we can’t turn down, then we’ll look at that as well.”
|Seahawks’ draft picks|
|Where is Seattle picking in rounds 2-6? Second and third rounds are Friday, with rounds 4-7 on Saturday.|
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