Seahawks general manager John Schneider did one of the few things that can be expected of him during the draft: He traded down.
RENTON — Seahawks general manager John Schneider did one of the few things that can be expected of him during the draft: He traded down.
Schneider has made six draft-day trades in his tenure, and he has traded down in all of them. For the third straight year, Schneider traded down in the second round. Sitting with the 56th overall pick in the second round Friday, Schneider had a clump of players targeted at the top of the team’s draft board and decided that one of them would still be available if the Seahawks traded down.
So the Seahawks did, trading the 56th pick to the Baltimore Ravens and receiving picks 62 (second round), 165 (fifth) and 199 (sixth) in return.
Seattle drafted running back Christine Michael in the second round with the 62nd pick. It was the latest the Seahawks have ever made their first choice in the draft.
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“It just so happened that he was still the highest-rated player, so it worked out for us,” Schneider said.
That leaves the Seahawks with 10 picks on the final day of the draft: one in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. After not making a pick on the first day, the Seahawks will finish with a flurry.
“We’re looking forward to this,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “This has been a great area of the draft for us.”
Indeed, the Seahawks have found success in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of the draft under Schneider and Carroll. K.J. Wright, Robert Turbin, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Anthony McCoy are all products of those three rounds.
The Seahawks added Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill in the third round. Seattle still might be in the market for a linebacker, offensive lineman, wide receiver and quarterback in the later rounds of the draft.
“This is a big time for us,” Carroll said.
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