It’s Draft Day — sort of.
The Seahawks, unless they make a trade, won’t be taking part in this year’s draft until Friday night.
But all of us who cover the team will convene at the VMAC as always, and we’ll have a live chat and pass along lots of other stuff as the night progresses.
Last night gave us something to suddenly talk a lot about with the Seahawks: the future of Bruce Irvin.
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First came the reports that the Seahawks are not picking up the option on his contract for 2016. While the consensus had seemed to be that they were leaning toward picking it up, that they aren’t is no surprise, given the team’s upcoming salary cap challenges and also their general philosophy — they didn’t pick up a similar option last year on James Carpenter.
Later came a report that the Seahawks might be talking with Atlanta about a trade. Earlier this morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Irvin has said he’d like to play for the Falcons while also giving some background on how the rumor might have gotten started.
My understanding is that there isn’t much substance to the talks of a trade. There are tons of discussions between teams this time of year, and while these two teams might have talked at some point, nothing indicates a trade is imminent.
As for Irvin having said he’d like to play in Atlanta, that doesn’t really matter here. Irvin is under contract for Seattle in 2015 and if the Seahawks want him next season then they’ll have him. My guess is he’s a Seahawk in 2015. If the Seahawks draft a player or two who fills a role similar to that of Irvin, though, then maybe that gives them some options long term.
A few of you have brought up an obvious point — if the Seahawks were to trade Irvin, who would rush the passer? Seattle lost O’Brien Schofield in free agency (to Atlanta, no less) and adding a pass rusher already seems like something the Seahawks need to do in the draft. The good news is this will all be settled soon.
Irvin appeared to refer to his situation in a brief Tweet last night:
In a few other news and notes. …
— Seahawks.com will offer live streaming coverage of the draft.
— Interesting Tweet from Adam Caplan that the Seahawks are said to have Ali Marpet on Wednesday. Marpet is the offensive lineman from Hobart who has been a popular projection as a Seattle pick in the second or third round.
— Good list here from Rob Rang of the players who may be available and would make sense for the Seahawks in each round.
— Pro Football Focus is delving into the college ranks now, as well, and has a ton of draft coverage. Here’s their second round mock draft, in which they have the Seahawks taking Clemson cornerback Garry Peters writing: “Sometimes Garry can be a bit too grabby, but if the Seahawks can coach that out of him then they’ve found a guy who fits the mold as far as what they look for in a cornerback. Walks a fine line with his physicality but was near shut down in allowing just 26 receptions on 60 balls thrown into his coverage.”
— Interesting numbers here on how much teams can expect to get out of draft picks in their rookie seasons.