The Seahawks, of course, don’t have a first-round pick this year. You’ve probably heard that a million times by now, but it’s worth pointing out just one more time as the first round of the NFL draft is about to get underway.
We’ll post some updates and thoughts as the blog unfolds here. We’ll also try to spin that forward to see how it might affect the Seahawks the next day, when they pick in the second round (56th overall). Send questions or thoughts over Twitter (@JaysonJenks), and I’ll try to filter them in on the blog.
Here are the picks of NFC West teams in the first round:
- 7: Arizona
- 16: St. Louis
- 22: St. Louis
- 31: San Francisco
Interesting take out of the Bay Area from Matt Maiocco: The 49ers should make a bold move and trade to get West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, who is expected to be a top 10 pick in the draft.
Update: Pete Carroll just popped his head in the media room: “You guys get to work. I’ll see you tomorrow.” He was joking…I think.
Update: Former Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley with his first draft pick in his first year: A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. Jaguars have a lot of holes to fill, but that’s not a bad place to start for Bradley.
Update: First NFC West team makes a pick. Arizona drafted guard Jonathan Cooper with the seventh pick. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Cardinals’ quarterbacks were sacked once every 11.7 times they dropped back to pass. That was the worst rate of any NFL team. The hope is that Cooper can help patch that up, especially after the Cardinals picked up Carson Palmer in a trade from the Raiders this season.
Update: St. Louis trades up, taking the eighth pick from Buffalo. NFC West looks like a case study in keeping up with the Smiths. Rams use that pick to give quarterback Sam Bradford some much needed weapons and grab wide receiver Tavon Austin, the speedy (but small) receiver from West Virginia. The feeling was that Bradford needed help to continue developing, and this is a big step toward that.
Here’s what the Rams gave up for Austin: Bills receive No. 16, No. 46, No. 78 and No. 222. Rams receive Austin and No. 71. Rams needed to get better, and you have to believe the success of the 49ers and Seahawks (esp. this offseason) pushed their hand.
Update: Offensive linemen flying off the board right now. Six offensive linemen in the first 11 picks. Only two defensive linemen so far. Seahawks in need of a defensive linemen (or so the consensus says). Good news so far, but long way to go.
Update: So weird that through 14 picks we still haven’t seen a running back or quarterback taken. That is almost unfathomable. Might not happen for a while either. Might not even happen in the FIRST ROUND.
Update: First huge surprise of the first round. E.J. Manuel goes to the Bills with pick 17. You have to wonder how much Russell Wilson and RGIII had to do with him going so high. Dual-threat quarterbacks are trendy right now, and I’m sure the Bills didn’t want to miss out on getting one of their own.
Update: Wow. 49ers not to be outdone by the Seahawks deal for Percy Harvin or the Rams deal for Tavon Austin. They move up and take LSU safety Eric Reid. Big move for the 49ers and a big move for the NFC West.
Update: Former UW CB Desmond Trufant comes off the board at No. 22…to the Atlanta Falcons.
Update: Seahawks fans let out a sigh: Vikings take DT Sharrif Floyd from Florida with the 23rd pick of the draft. He would have been a real long shot for the Seahawks at No. 56, but there was some hope that maybe his star might fall far enough that the Seahawks could get a talented player and address one of their needs.
Update: Broncos select North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams with the 28th pick. Another DT down. That’s the sixth DT to come off the board. First round heavy on DTs and OLs.