5:13: I like the trade for Seattle. The Seahawks get another fifth-rounder, where they’ve had success before, as well as a sixth-rounder. They must have not had anyone they really wanted at No. 56, and now will have 10 picks on the final day of the draft.
5:08: Seahawks get pick No. 62, no. 165 (fifth round) and no. 199 (sixth round) from the Ravens. Seattle gave up pick No. 56. Third straight year Seahawks have traded down in the second round.
5:05: Seahawks trade their 56th pick to Baltimore. Sixth time GM John Schneider has made a trade during the draft, and the sixth time he has traded down.
5:02: San Francisco trades with Green Bay to jump ahead of Seattle and take tight end Vance McDonald from Rice. McDonald was a guy who some people thought the Seahawks might go after in the second round. 49ers have been incredibly active in the draft so far.
4:56: Another linebacker off the board. The Patriots take Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins. Linebackers Sio Moore (Connecticut) and Arthur Brown (Kansas State) still on the board. Could be guys the Seahawks go after if they hang on to their pick at No. 56.
4:55: Seahawks pick is going to come a little after 5 p.m.
4:45: Giants take Johnathan Hankins, a big 320-pound defensive tackle from Ohio State. Another Seahawks’ target (or at least that was the speculation) off the board.
4:34: Arizona Cardinals grab LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, another possible Seahawks target. The Cardinals needed another linebacker. Billick basically says the NFC West is the best division in football. Obviously 49ers and Seahawks are considered Super Bowl contenders, but St. Louis sure helped themselves in the first round.
4:32: Defensive tackle Kawann Short goes to the Carolina Panthers. He was one of the guys who was projected as a possible target for the Seahawks.
4:14: The 49ers pick Tank Carradine, a defensive end from Florida State. San Francisco has added a safety and pass rusher with the first two picks of the draft.
4:04: And the other big name left on the board is now gone: The Jets grab West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Smith was once projected as the top pick in the draft in some corners. Best part: NFL Network guys ripping picking Smith before the Jets’ pick is announced. They don’t think the Jets should do it. And then, it’s announced: The Jets take Geno Smith. That was pretty good comedy.
4:02: He’s off the board: Manti Teo’o goes to the Chargers, who traded up to grab him. (Insert joke here).
3:58: The first cowboy hat of the draft walks onto the stage. First time since 1974 that a cowboy hat hasn’t appeared until the second round.
3:56: Aaaaaand our first running back of the draft is off the board. The Bengals take Giovani Bernard with the fifth pick of the second round. First time since 1963 that a running back wasn’t taken in the first round. Unbelievable when you really think about it.
3:54: So far, though four picks, we’ve had a safety, wide receiver, tight end and a cornerback taken. Still some really good linebackers on the board.
3:46: Lots of questions about whether the Titans should have taken a defensive player after moving up. Instead, they grab WR Justin Hunter from Tennessee. They grabbed OG Chance Warmack from Alabama in the first round. But I like the moves for this reason: They need to find out this year if former UW quarterback Jake Locker can play. Both their first two picks will help them do that.
3:39: San Francisco trades pick No. 34 overall to Tennessee Titans. 49ers pick up another seventh round pick this year and get a third-round pick next year. San Francisco is just stock piling picks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says San Francisco could have as many as four third-round picks in 2014.
3:36: NFL Network’s Rich Eisen says Seahawks’ secondary is “one of the best we’ve seen in some time.”
3:34: The draft is already off to a better start. Listening to Mike Mayock and Brian Billick on the NFL Network is far more enjoyable than listening to Mel Kiper. Mayock is the best in the business: smart, insightful and good on TV. Jaguars kick things off by drafting safety Johnathan Cyprien from Florida International.
Finally we’ll get a little action. After the Seahawks had a quiet day during the first-round of the NFL draft at team headquarters on Thursday, Seattle will make its first pick in the second round with the 56th overall selection. At least that’s the way it is scheduled at the moment.
As I’ve noted before, the Seahawks have never traded up in the draft under general manager John Schneider; his five trades have always netted more picks later in the draft or a veteran player (Leon Washington and LenDale White). But, don’t put it past Schneider and Co. to move up if a player they highly value is still available early in the second round. When it comes to the Seahawks’ front office, I think we can all expect the unexpected.
The consensus team needs (at least among draft analysts and those who cover the team) is that the Seahawks could use help at linebacker, defensive tackle and along the offensive line. Schneider hasn’t tipped his hand at all (and why would he?), but the Seahawks have also surprised in the draft before, drafting LB Bobby Wagner in the second round last year and OL James Carpenter in the first round in 2011.
For what it’s worth — and trust me, it’s not worth much, if anything — I think the Seahawks will go with a linebacker or defensive tackle in the second round. It just seems like those are the two positions where they could use help this year and moving forward.
The first round was a big day for the NFC West in the first round on Thursday, as St. Louis moved up to take speedy WR Tavon Austin, who has drawn some comparisons to new Seahawks speedster Percy Harvin. The Rams dropped down later in the first round (they had two picks) and took LB Alec Ogletree. Both could make St. Louis better instantly. The 49ers answered by trading up from 31st to 18th and taking safety Eric Reid. The 49ers needed a replacement for departed safety Dashon Goldson, and Reid will likely get a shot to fill that hole. San Francisco will still make three picks on Friday.