Seahawks general manager John Schneider has made five draft-day trades in his three years. Not once did the Seahawks move forward in any of the deals.
“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.”
That doesn’t mean the Seahawks won’t move up in this draft. As Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote, “There’ll be a mad dash to trade down from the top. There’s no Andrew Luck superstar to froth over, but there’s good depth from 10 to 50.”
Don’t put it past the Seahawks to move up if a player they highly values falls late in the first round or early in the second round – Schneider calls these scenarios upsets – but history suggests, if anything, Seattle will trade down and stockpile more picks later in the draft.
Here are the deals Schneider has made during the draft in his first three years:
Tennessee Titans: Acquire picks No. 104 (CB Alterraun Verner) and 176 (QB Rusty Smith)
Seattle Seahawks: Acquire picks No. 111 (CB Walter Thurmond) and 185 (TE Anthony McCoy) in 2010, RB LenDale White and DT Kevin Vickersson
New York Jets: Acquire pick No. 139 (FB John Conner)
Seattle Seahawks: Acquire pick No. 236(DE Dexter Davis) in 2010 and RB Leon Washington
Detroit Lions: Acquire picks No. 57 (RB Mikel Leshoure), No. 157 (LB Doug Hogue) and No. 209 (OL Johnny Culbreath)
Seattle Seahawks: Acquire picks No. 75 (G John Moffitt), No. 107 (WR Kris Durham), No. 154(CB Richard Sherman) and No. 205(DE Lazarius Levingston)
New York Jets: Acquire pick No. 43 (WR Stephen Hill)
Seattle Seahawks: Acquire picks No. 47 (LB Bobby Wagner), No. 154 (LB Korey Toomer) and No. 232 (DE Greg Scruggs)