RENTON — By the time the third day of the NFL draft rolls around, only the real diehards are still fixated to their TVs.
But it has been said before that the Seahawks have made their money on the draft’s third day, which encompasses rounds four through seven, and they’ll have their shot to do so again.
The Seahawks have six picks Saturday: three in the fourth round and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
Here are some of the players they’ve added in those rounds during the previous four years: Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, K.J. Wright, Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith, Walter Thurmond, Robert Turbin, Jeremy Lane, Anthony McCoy, J.R. Sweezy, Luke Willson and Michael Bowie.
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All except the injured McCoy played a large role in winning the Super Bowl a year ago.
“It’s really a good opportunity to sit there and try to find those unique fits and guys that will compete and push guys that are at a current position or guys that are going to be free agents the following year,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.
The Seahawks have been as good as any team in the league at adding meaningful contributors in the draft’s later rounds.
Earlier in the week, Schneider said the gap between first and second rounders and sixth and seventh rounders is “probably smaller than people would think.”
Said coach Pete Carroll, “It’s a hard science to deal with and it’s so close and factors that maybe you couldn’t quite uncover show up in those guys playing just as good as a guy drafted in the first round.”
One of the differences comes in the discrepancy between flaws and quality traits. A player in the first or second round may have fewer flaws and more traits that the Seahawks find intriguing. A player in the later rounds still might have a few traits the Seahawks really like, but he also probably has more flaws.
“You’re focusing on one or two, hopefully three, redeeming qualities that Pete and his staff are excited about working with,” Schneider said of guys in the later rounds.
Schneider acquired two more picks in the final day. That’s been the norm for Schneider during his time with the Seahawks.
In fact, when asked why he traded down instead of taking Paul Richardson earlier in the second round, Schneider laughed and explained the feeling of watching the Eagles trade up in front of them.
But Schneider and the Seahawks still got their guy and their extra picks, and it offered a little window into the gamble that is sometimes taken when trading down.
Those extra picks, though, have come in handy in the past.
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