Before getting to a few links, I thought I’d review the fact that the NFL Draft put the wraps on a few of Seattle’s bigger trades of the last year — those involving Percy Harvin, Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.
Let’s look at each trade individually:
Recall that Seattle gave up its first- and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-rounder in 2014 to Minnesota for Harvin.
With the two picks last year, the Vikings drafted CB Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick, and offensive lineman Travis Bond with the 214th overall pick. Rhodes started six games for the Vikings and is expected to be a starter for the Minnesota again this year. Bond was cut and signed by Carolina, where he played in two games last season.
And with the 96th pick of the third round this year, the Vikings selected running Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern.
And the view in Minnesota is also that the Vikings took receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with their first pick a year ago, something they wouldn’t have done had they still had Harvin. So many there also consider him as sort of part of the trade, the idea being that they traded Harvin, got an extra first round pick and cleared out salary that allowed them to then also take Patterson.
Before last year’s draft, Seattle traded Flynn to Oakland for a 2014 fifth-rounder, which turned out to be No. 146 overall.
The Seahawks, though, then traded that pick to Detroit as part of the deal in which the Seahawks traded two picks to get three (and the Seahawks then traded one of those picks the next day to the Bengals).
Pick No. 146 ultimately ended up in the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, who used it to take WR Devin Street of Pittsburgh.
The Seahawks a few weeks ago traded their seventh-round pick, No. 247 overall, to the Raiders for Pryor.
The Raiders kept the pick and selected running back Jonathan Dowling of Western Kentucky.
None of Seattle’s trades involved 2015 picks. So at the moment, Seattle has all of its own 2015 picks, and will also likely get four compensatory picks as a result of its losses in free agency this year, with one possibly being a third-rounder. Those picks are not announced until the NFL meetings in March. But every expectation is that Seattle will get the maximum four, which would give the Seahawks 11 draft picks in 2015. Compensatory picks cannot be traded. But as we know, the others can be, and in Seattle’s case, more than a few likely will be.
Now for a few links. …
— Was Pete Carroll really tipping the team’s draft picks on Twitter?
— Seth Kolloen on the Seahawks’ myth of infallibility.
— ESPN’s Todd McShay says Kevin Norwood could be a hidden talent.
— SI.com writes the Seahawks give their scouts a rare public voice.
— ProFootballFocus has Cliff Avril at No. 94 on its list of the top 101 players in the NFL in 2013.
— Undrafted and unsigned Adam Muema apparently plans to now try boxing or ultimate fighting.
— If the Seahawks really wanted Dominique Easley, it’s news to him (but then, you wouldn’t expect anything else as one common theme was how little contact Seattle had with its draft picks prior to the draft).
— Eric Pinkins was at home in Sacramento when he got drafted.
— And finally, Richard Sherman has some thoughts on the news that Patrick Peterson wants the same contract Sherman just got:
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 13, 2014