For the second straight year the Seahawks traded down in the first round from No. 26 to No. 31.
On the first day of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks made two trades and no picks, acquired three extra selections and kept Richard Sherman.
To which Seattle general manager John Schneider said “sorry guys’’ to the assembled media after the first round was over, apologizing for what he sensed might have been disappointment in the fact that the team hadn’t actually added a new player to the roster.
The two trades to move down and acquire more picks, though, sets up what could be a potentially transformative day for Seattle as the draft resumes with rounds two and three Friday at 4 p.m.
Seattle used trades with Atlanta and the 49ers to acquire one extra third-round pick, one extra fourth-rounder and another in the seventh, giving the Seahawks 10 picks overall after they had entered the draft with just seven – the fewest since Schneider took over as GM in 2010.
And it means Seattle will have six picks to make Friday – barring any more moves — all from 34 to 106 in the second and third rounds.
“It’s going to be fun,’’ Schneider said.
Round 2 | Pick 2 | No. 35 overallDT Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Round 2 | Pick 26 | No. 58 overallOL Ethan Pocic, LSU
Round 3 | Pick 26 | No. 90 overallCB Shaquill Griffin, UCF
Round 3 | Pick 31 | No. 95 overallS Delano Hill, Michigan
Round 3 | Pick 38 | No. 102 overallDT Nazair Jones, North Carolina
Round 3 | Pick 42 | No. 106 overallWR Amara Darboh, Michigan
Round 4 | Pick 4 | No. 111 overallS Tedric Thompson, Colorado
Round 6 | Pick 3 | No. 187 overallDB Mike Tyson, Cincinnati
Round 6 | Pick 26 | No. 210 overallOT Justin Senior, Mississippi State
Round 7 | Pick 8 | No. 226 overallWR David Moore, East Central Oklahoma
Round 7 | Pick 31 | No 249 overallRB Chris Carson, Oklahoma State
Seattle entered the day with the No 26 overall pick in the first round but right as the 10-minute deadline to make the pick neared, traded it to the Atlanta Falcons, coached by former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, swapping first-round picks (Seattle got Atlanta’s at 31 in exchange for Seattle’s at 26) with the Seahawks then also getting Atlanta’s third-round pick, No. 95, and the Falcons’ seventh, No. 249 overall.
The Seahawks then dealt the No. 31 pick to the 49ers, getting San Francisco’s second-round pick, No. 34 overall, as well as the 49ers’ fourth-rounder, No. 111 overall — a pick that the 49ers had earlier acquired from Chicago.
Essentially, Seattle moved down eight spots in the draft to acquire three additional picks.
The two trades capped a busying round of phone calls — Schneider said the team had other offers, particularly when it made the trade with the Falcons.
“We had a couple things going right there, with a couple teams,’’ Schneider said. “Atlanta just made the most sense. It was the closest to us.”
As for whether any teams inquired about Sherman, who the team has said for more than a month now it would consider trading, Schneider wouldn’t really say.
“Yeah, I’d rather not get into that,” Schneider said. “Sorry. There were calls about tons of players so it’s not specifically Richard.”
While it’s been regarded as unlikely the team would trade Sherman, it had been thought that if a deal were to come it would likely happen by the draft and specifically the first round.
It was the sixth straight year Seattle either traded its first-round pick entirely or traded it down to acquire more picks, something that has become the team’s trademark in the Schneider/Pete Carroll era — the team has made 66 picks in seven previous drafts since.
Schneider, though, said acquiring more picks wasn’t necessarily the sole goal of the day, just a fortunate outgrowth of the way the draft unfolded in front of them with the Seahawks feeling that the players they wanted would still be available despite trading down.
“It was to a certain extent but not at the cost of losing a player, no,’’ Schneider said of whether adding more picks was a priority.
Added Carroll: “That’s what was great. We didn’t feel like we lost a player to make the move. It really kept us incentivized.”
In what was a particularly unpredictable draft, just two offensive linemen were taken – Utah tackle Garett Boles and Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
That means Seattle can get one of either Alabama tackle Cam Robinson or Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp if it wants with the 34th pick.
Also available would be a handful of defensive backs that some thought could be taken in the first round, including UW cornerback Kevin King and safety Budda Baker and UConn safety Obi Melifonwu.
While Schneider wouldn’t talk specifics, he said some of the surprises played in Seattle’s favor.
“We had a couple upsets in there,” he said. “That totally helped us out.”
The Seahawks, though, could also use some of the extra picks they acquired to now move up in the middle rounds, as they did two years ago in moving up in the third round to acquire receiver Tyler Lockett.
“We have some freedom,’’ Carroll said. “I imagine we are not going to turn down phone calls.’’
Trading away the first-round pick means the last time the Seahawks used their own No. 1 pick remains 2011 when they selected offensive lineman James Carpenter at No. 25.
Last year, the Seahawks traded with Denver to move from 26 to 31 and get an extra pick in the third round. It used the No. 31 pick on offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and then picked tight end Nick Vannett with the extra selection.
Overall, the Seahawks now have two picks in the second round — 34 and 58; four in the third round — 90, 95, 102 and 106; one in the fourth round, 111; one in the sixth round, 210; and two in the seventh, 226 and 249.
Atlanta used the No. 26 pick it got from the Seahawks to take UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley.
The 49ers then used the No. 31 pick to take Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.
It was the third time the Seahawks have made a trade within the division since 2010, though Schneider said that wasn’t a concern.
“Some people have that rule in their building that they never trade within the division,’’ Schneider said. “I think on draft weekend it’s just about moving around. To us, it really doesn’t matter. Now, anything outside of the draft, it’s gotta be something that means a lot to both clubs.”
Seattle was one of five teams to end up not making a first-round pick, the others being the Rams, Vikings, Packers and Patriots.
Seattle has now drafted in the first round just once since 2012 — last year with the pick of Ifedi.
Seattle traded its first-round pick in 2013 as part of the deal to get Percy Harvin, traded down twice in 2014 to end up with the 45th pick overall (which it used on receiver Paul Richardson) and traded away its first-rounder in 2015 to get Jimmy Graham.