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February 11, 2015 at 8:37 PM

Reviewing Seattle’s draft positions

There have been a couple of interesting revelations about Seattle’s 2015 draft in the past few days that are worth reviewing.

First is that general manager John Schneider says he expects the Seahawks to have 10 draft picks in 2015 That’s not surprising, but hearing it from him clears up at least clarifies for now that the Seahawks expect to get three compensatory picks for free agents lost last year (Golden Tate being the foremost) along with the seven other picks they were already assured

It’s worth remembering that the compensatory pick system is cloaked in mystery. The NFL does not release the formula for determining comp picks but simply announces them at the league meetings, which this year are March 22-25 in Phoenix. Lots of people try to estimate the comp picks (here’s a really good educated ¬†guess from OvertheCap.com) but no one knows for sure. If you heard Schneider, though, he seemed pretty set on 10 as the number of picks for Seattle.

The other draft revelation worth noting is that ESPN.com reported this week that the date that Percy Harvin must be on the New York Jets roster for Seattle to get a fourth round pick is March 19. Almost everybody expects the Jets to release Harvin by then rather than pay the $10.5 million he’d be due, making him a free agent and giving Seattle instead a sixth round pick.

One thing worth recalling there is that the man who made the trade for New York, John Idzik, has since been fired, so there’s no motivation remaining on the Jets’ end to make the trade look good. And $10.5 million for a receiver who has trouble staying healthy makes no sense.

So Seattle fans should almost certainly resign themselves to the idea that the team will get a sixth round pick for Harvin.

With all of that said, let’s look at the picks we know Seattle has for 2015.

First round — Pick No. 31 overall

Second round — Pick No. 31, No. 62 overall

Third round — Pick No. 31 of the third round, 93rd overall.

Fourth round — Pick No. 31. But at this point, there will have been some comp picks at the end of the third round, so we can’t say for sure which overall pick Seattle has. One of the few things we know for sure about comp picks is that they do not start until after the third round, so the Seahawks’ first three picks are assured of being where they are, barring trade.

Fifth round — Pick No. 31, but again the comp picks mean we don’t know for sure what overall pick this will be.

Sixth round — Seattle’s original pick was traded to Indianapolis for Marcus Burley, but here is where the Seahawks are likely to get back a pick for Harvin. The Jets are due to pick fifth in the sixth round.

Seventh round — Pick No. 31. Again, we don’t know for sure where this will be.

As far as explaining the comp picks, the OvertheCap,com article linked above does a good job of detailing the process. That article estimates Seattle with four comp picks. Schneider appeared to indicate three, though he didn’t go into detail (and also wasn’t asked).

Either way, the Seahawks will have a lot to work during the draft, which is April 30-May 2 and will be held in Chicago instead of the home it has had in New York for decades.

 

 

 

 

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