What are Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his staff going to do during the first round of the NFL draft now that they won’t be making a pick?
“We’re just going to sit there and YouTube Percy Harvin highlights or something,” Schneider said.
The Seahawks, of course, won’t be involved in the much publicized first round on April 25 after trading their first-round pick (No. 25) to Minnesota in the deal for Harvin. But that doesn’t mean the Seahawks can’t pick up some immediate help with their first pick in this draft, the 56th overall selection coming in the second round.
Schneider and his team of scouts have proven in their three years to be incredibly effective at nabbing quality players in later rounds. Schneider has made only two picks in the second round, but he did pretty well with both. In 2010, Schneider’s first draft, the Seahawks took wide receiver Golden Tate 60th overall. Schneider followed that up last season by taking linebacker Bobby Wagner with the 47th pick.
The Seahawks don’t have any glaring holes to address, but they could use added depth along the offensive line (especially along the right side) as well as at defensive tackle and linebacker.
“Fifty-six is a very hard place to try to figure out what’s going to be there,” Schneider said. “I think we’re getting close, but I was texting my old boss (former Packers general manager) Ron Wolf last night, ‘So, 56, how many players do I need? How many players do we need draftable? (Silence). That’s a joke.’”
Schneider also joked about the possibility of his team trading to get back in the first round, but he quickly backtracked and didn’t completely rule out such a maneuver.
“We don’t really move up,” Schneider said. “I’m not going to say that. You never know, there may be a player that falls. That’s what I’m saying, we have no idea. My boss kind of gives me crud for not ever moving up.”
We’ll have more on the draft as it gets closer, but here’s what other teams have done with the 56th pick in the draft dating back to 2000, just to give you an idea of what type of player the Seahawks might end up with:
Pick No. 56:
2012: Mike Adams, OL, Pittsburgh Steelers…Started in six of his 10 games and named Steelers’ rookie of the year
2011: Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots…Had 400 total yards and four TDs last year
2010: Mike Neal, DL, Packers…Had 4 ½ sacks last year
2009: Fili Moala, DT, Colts…Started the last 38 games he has played in
2008: Brian Brohm, QB, Packers…Lasted only two seasons; now playing in the CFL
2007: Tim Crowder, DE, Broncos…Recorded 10 ½ sacks in five seasons
2006: Chris Chester, C, Ravens…Started every game he has played in over the last three years
2005: Darrent Williams, CB, Broncos…Started 23 games in two seasons before he was shot in killed in Denver
2004: Madieu Williams, FS, Bengals…Started the vast majority of games he has played in since getting drafted
2003: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants…Two-time Pro Bowler, has 75 career sacks
2002: Ladell Betts, RB, Redskins….Played nine seasons, mostly as a backup, rushed for more than 1,000 yards once
2001: Tony Dixon, DB, Cowboys…Played four years, started 14 games in his career
2000: Michael Boireau, DE, Vikings…Lasted two years, didn’t play a game