Friday, May 9, 2014
Seattle's plan works out in Round 1
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks couldn't have planned it any better. The first round of the 2014 NFL draft fell exactly as they hoped it would.
Seattle traded away the final pick of Round 1 to get an extra draft pick. And the Seahawks probably are still in position to get a player they would have taken at No. 32 overall.
The Seahawks sent the Minnesota Vikings its first-round pick for the Minnesota Vikings' second-round selection at No. 40 and a fourth-round pick at No. 108.
"It's what we were hoping for," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "It worked out perfectly. We talked to five or six teams.
"But Minnesota stuck with us. They were persistent. Those are really good guys to deal with. Obviously, we've had several trades with them. It definitely helped. We have a great relationship with those guys."
Schneider probably was hoping to get back the third-round pick he sent to Minnesota last year as part of the Percy Harvin trade, but he settled for the fourth-round.
Not a bad deal. The Seahawks now have two second-round picks and two fourth-round picks.
It all fell into place, starting with Houston not taking a quarterback with the first pick, opting to select defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
That helped improve Seattle's chances of having suitors to trade down for an additional pick. But that scenario was a long way for certain at that point. After 21 picks, it looked better.
Johnny Football, controversial Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, was still on the board. And so was Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Manziel went to Cleveland with the 22nd pick, but that was it for quarterbacks when it came time for Seattle to pick at the end of Round 1.
Line up, boys, and make your offer. Schneider said a few first-round picks surprised him, in a good way.
"Every year there are upsets, which is actually a good thing," he said. "It keeps our board kind of intact. And this year there were more, which is why we felt better at the end about being able to move back."
Knowing the Texans were likely to select a quarterback with the first pick of Round 2, some teams wanted to move ahead of Houston and get the quarterback they liked. The Vikings weren't going to let Houston take Bridgewater ahead of them.
Several players that were expected to go in Round 1 are still on the board. Some of them make sense for Seattle -- UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, to name a few.
"We're blessed," Schneider said. "We have a number of players that were suitable to pick and 32 who we felt would be suitable at 40 as well. There are several guys we hope will be there [Friday], but if somebody comes to us [Friday] with something we feel we can't turn down, we will look at that as well."