Trade upgrades pick lost in Colbert move

March, 14, 2009
3/14/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The fifth-round choice Seattle acquired from Detroit in the Julian Peterson trade is at the top of the round and higher than the fifth-round choice Seattle sent to Denver in the ill-fated trade for Keary Colbert last season.

Seattle now has one draft choice in every round, plus the potential for several seventh-round choices as compensatory picks.

General managers love recouping the picks they trade. It eats at them when they don't have a choice in a round.

After the Seahawks sent a second-round choice to the Packers as part of the deal to land Mike Holmgren as head coach and GM, Holmgren acquired the player Green Bay selected with that 1999 second-round choice: Fred Vinson. The deal, which also sent Ahman Green to the Packers, went down as one of the worst in Seahawks history. But at least Holmgren recouped that second-round pick, in a way.

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