John Schneider discusses draft process

May, 1, 2014
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As you might expect, Seahawks general manager John Schneider won’t say anything specific about the team’s draft plans, but he did reveal some things about the process in an informal conversation with reporters Wednesday.

He did admit one drawback that winning the Super Bowl had in his draft preparations.

“I felt like I was behind,” Schneider said. “Our staff wasn’t. Our scouts were ready. I needed to get caught up, but obviously, I’d rather do it this way.”

Schneider said one key component to the draft is trying to get a feel for what other teams will do, what they need and what tendencies they have.

“It’s based on previous history of certain teams’ track records for what they might do in the draft,’’ Schneider said. “For example, San Francisco, Green Bay, New England, Philadelphia, since 2011, have been more likely to move around [trade up or down].”

Schneider also talked about bringing in former Miami general manager Jeff Ireland last week as a draft consultant.

“He gives us another experienced draft guy who can help us with our draft board,” Schneider said. “We’ve been friends for years, but it's nice to be able to openly talk about players now. I used to call him and say, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And he’d say, ‘Well, I kinda like him, maybe.’ And I’d say, “Yeah, maybe I do, too.’

“Now we don’t have to B.S. each other. It’s refreshing.”

Schneider said he doesn’t know if Ireland will continue with the organization after the draft process is over.

In general, Schneider said the Seahawks' staff is looking more at the type of person a potential draft pick is than they have in the past.

“We have a group of very competitive young guys,’’ Schneider said. “So [draft picks] have to have a certain quality about them to fit in.”

But Schneider said the overall goal never changes.

“It’s a constant search for what’s best and how to get better,” Schneider said. “We want the fans to have the belief that we’re doing the right thing as a group.”

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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