Most of the deals on the day of the draft were done to accomplish one of Schneider’s favorite pastimes — trading a higher choice for additional picks in later rounds.
Draft-day trades are nothing new for the Seahawks.
Longtime fans will forever debate the first trade the team made — sending the No. 2 overall choice in the 1977 NFL draft to Dallas for four picks, which allowed the Cowboys to select Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, who had made it clear he didn’t want to play for the Seahawks.
But the current regime of general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll has made an art form of the draft-day deal, pulling off at least one in each of its six drafts and 11 overall.
When: First round, 5 p.m. Thursday.
TV: ESPN, NFL Network.
Seahawks: Nine picks overall the draft, including No. 26 in the first round (then
56, 90, 97, 124, 171, 215, 225, 247).
Most were done to accomplish one of Schneider’s favorite pastimes — trading a higher choice for additional picks in later rounds.
Here’s a ranking of the draft-day trades under Schneider and Carroll. This doesn’t include the Percy Harvin and Jimmy Graham trades, or any others that came before the draft.
1. 2011: Seahawks send Nos. 57, 157 and 209 picks to Lions for Nos. 75, 107, 154 and 205
The theory when trading down is that the odds of guessing right in the draft are better with the more picks — volume drafting, as some call it. This trade was the epitome of that strategy paying off. Five years later, just one of the seven players involved remains on an NFL roster — cornerback Richard Sherman, who the Seahawks took with pick No. 154. Detroit’s three picks were, in order, RB Mikel Leshoure, LB Doug Hogue and OL Johnny Culbreath, and Seattle’s other three picks were OL John Moffitt, WR Kris Durham and DE Pep Livingston. Before the draft Schneider said: “Personally, I would like to move back. Because I have confidence in our ability in those middle rounds to do some good stuff.’’
2. 2012: Seahawks send No. 12 pick to Eagles for Nos. 15, 114 and 172
By swapping first-round picks and allowing the Eagles to move from 15 to 12 to select defensive end Fletcher Cox, the Seahawks received picks in the fourth and sixth rounds, with which they selected defensive tackle Jaye Howard and cornerback Jeremy Lane. With pick No. 15, the Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin, who they said they wanted all along. Cox has turned into an All-Pro, so the Eagles benefited. Seattle, though, got four good years out of Irvin and a solid cornerback in Lane. Howard is one of Seattle’s what-might-have-beens, released due to a numbers game in 2013 and is a solid player with the Chiefs.
3. 2012: Seahawks send No. 43 pick to Jets for Nos. 47, 154 and 232
In the second of two trades the Seahawks made during their monumental 2012 draft, they dealt their second-round pick to the Jets for New York’s second-round pick and picks in the fifth and seventh rounds. New York used the pick to take receiver Stephen Hill, who after making 43 catches in two years was released. Seattle, meanwhile, used the 47th pick to take middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and then drafted linebacker Korey Toomer and defensive end Greg Scruggs with the two picks. All three players remain on NFL rosters (Toomer with the Raiders and Scruggs the Bears).
4. 2015: Seahawks send Nos. 95, 112 and 181 picks to Washington for No. 69 pick
Last year was one of two times the Seahawks have traded up under Schneider, swapping third-round picks and then giving Washington three more to move up to 69 and take receiver Tyler Lockett. His play last season showed why the Seahawks wanted him. Washington also got some value, taking running back Matt Jones (490 yards last season) at 95, offensive lineman Arie Kouandijo at 112 and promising defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett at 181.
5. 2010: Seahawks send No. 139 pick to Jets for RB Leon Washington and No. 236 pick
The Seahawks used the No. 236 pick on defensive end Dexter Davis. The Jets drafted fullback John Conner, who has made 20 starts but is not on a roster. The Seahawks got three standout years from Washington as a returner, though Davis did not pan out.
6. 2010: Seahawks send Nos. 104 and 176 to Titans for RB LenDale White, DT Kevin Vickerson and Nos. 111 and 185
White and Vickerson were released before the season. Pick No. 111 was used to take cornerback Walter Thurmond, and 185 was used to select tight end Anthony McCoy. Tennessee used the 104th pick for cornerback Alterraun Verner, who has made one Pro Bowl and is with Tampa Bay, and 176 on QB Rusty Smith, now out of the league.
7-9. 2014: Seahawks make three trades
The Seahawks made three trades to move down and acquire more picks, twice using picks they had acquired earlier. That might make it easiest to consider this one big transaction. The moves began when Seattle dealt its first-round pick, No. 32, to Minnesota for Nos. 40 and 108. The Vikings used the pick to take QB Teddy Bridgewater. Seattle took Cassius Marsh with 108 but traded the 40th pick as well as 146 to Detroit for picks 45, 111 and 227. Seattle drafted WR Paul Richardson at 45 and FB Kiero Small at 227 but dealt 111 to the Bengals for 123 (WR Kevin Norwood) and 195 (OL Garrett Scott). Detroit took LB Kyle Van Noy at No. 40, and at No. 111 the Bengals selected center Russell Bodine, who has started every game his first two seasons. The depth picks such as Norwood, Scott and Small did not pan out, which lowers the grade here for Seattle. That leaves it to Richardson and Marsh to determine the verdict on this deal.
10-11. 2013: Seahawks make two trades
The Seahawks trading up and down in 2013. The trades are maybe best judged together, because the Seahawks immediately dealt two of the picks they acquired in the first trade. Seattle initially traded pick No. 56 to the Ravens for Nos. 62, 165 and 199. The Seahawks used the No. 62 pick on RB Christine Michael. That came a pick after the Packers chose RB Eddie Lacy. But the Seahawks have said consistently they had Michael rated as the highest running back on their board that year. Baltimore used No. 56 on LB Arthur Brown, who has yet to do much. Seattle then sent picks 165 and 199 to Detroit for pick 137, which it used on DT Jesse Williams. Williams battled injuries, did not play and is a free agent. Detroit got two decent players at 165 (punter Sam Martin, who has set team records for net punting each year) and at 199 (RB Theo Reddick, who last year had 80 receptions).