The Seahawks have made five draft-day trades during general manager John Schneider’s three years in Seattle.
And in each one of those five deals, Seattle slid back in the draft order.
Sometimes it was for extra picks like the fourth and sixth-round selections Seattle acquired for sliding from No. 12 on back to No. 15 last year.
Sometimes it was for players like the draft-day deals that netted Leon Washington from the Jets in 2010 and — less memorably — LenDale White and Kevin Vickerson from the Titans that same year.
But in every one of those instances, Seattle moved back in the draft order.
Could this year be different? After all, Seattle enters the draft with 10 selections it can trade and fewer obvious needs and vacancies across the roster.
It’s certainly not like 2010 when Seattle entered the draft needing a left tackle in the worst way. And it’s not even like last year when Seattle entered the draft wanting to improve its pass rush, needing a starting middle linebacker and looking for a young quarterback.
Seattle enters this offseason with all but two of its starters from last season under contract through at least 2013.
Is this the year the Seahawks package a bunch of that draft-day ammunition and try to vault up the draft order?
It’s a question that’s going to be asked many times in the three months between now and the draft, and I thought it would be instructive to look at what it took for teams to trade their way into the top 10 recently.
Over the past four drafts, there have been four such deals, and in only one of those instances, was a team moving from the mid-20s to the top 10. That was two years ago when Atlanta made its power play to draft receiver Julio Jones. Take note of the king’s ransom it took to make that move.
|YEAR||MOVED UP||FROM:||TO:||TRADED WITH||GAVE UP||FUTURE PICKS|
|2012||Dallas||No. 14||No. 6||Rams||1st (No. 14)|
|2nd (No. 45)|
|2011||Atlanta||No. 27||No. 6||Browns||1st (No. 27)||1st (2012)|
|2nd (No. 59)||4th (2012)|
|4th (No. 124)|
|2011||Jacksonville||No. 16||No. 10||Washington||1st (No. 16)|
|2nd (No. 49)|
|2009||New York Jets||No. 17||No. 5||Browns||1st (No. 17)|
|2nd (No. 52)|
|DE Kenyon Coleman|
|S Abram Elam|
|QB Brett Ratliff|