Overwhelming consensus of late is that the Seattle Seahawks will depart the 2021 draft with greater than three picks.
I ought to in all probability listing an array of media sources to assist, however frankly, I don’t wish to. Flip the radio on or Google Seahawks.
The dialog typically begins with “clearly Seattle will commerce down” after which dialogue continues from there.
However as an alternative of selling the second-round choice into eight sixth-rounders, maybe John Schneider has motive(s) to remain put this season.
In spite of everything, Schneider did commerce down as soon as within the 2020 draft, however the group additionally traded up twice, one thing they gained’t (shouldn’t) be capable to do that 12 months.
Three Causes to Preserve Three
School Soccer was whack.
NCAA was far and wide final 12 months, with conferences springing into last-minute selections for there to be soccer. Prep time was restricted and inconsistent, and the seasons had been shorter.
The Massive-10 performed eight video games. Or 5. Three of them performed 9 video games. The Massive-12 performed between 10-12 video games apart from the Kansas Jayhawks who gave up after going 0-9. The ACC performed between 9-12 video games. The illustrious Pac-12 averaged 5.5, from whom Pete and John have drafted with some regularity, together with Colby Parkinson final 12 months.
If ever there was a time to maneuver because of elevated belief in veterans over rookies, that is the 12 months. A wholesome and acquainted Jamal Adams is price each ounce of the first-round decide they gained’t have this season, by ten miles.
It’s not like this draft class will magically be worse than earlier years; only a potential to catch up extra slowly.
The solely motive any of this could matter is that it does seem to be the Seahawks are in win now mode. They’ve been each aggressive and present-oriented, not messing round with inconsistency or initiatives.
That being the case, a longtime guard as an alternative of one other draft decide makes all of the sense on the planet.
If the above argument was weak this one could be worse. John Gilbert has already outlined that Seattle gained’t want a lot in any respect to signal three rookies, and buying and selling down from their prime decide would have little affect.
Nonetheless, if one other vet like Aldon Smith or a greater cornerback competitor joins the power, the $7 million of remaining cap goes to get extraordinarily tight. Greater than buying and selling down, this would cut back the chance of buying and selling Rashaad Penny a further spot within the draft some place else.
Who’d Even Play?
This roster has few weak spots, particularly starters. Cornerback is apparent, a 3rd vast receiver, after which heart. There are higher DTs on the planet than Al Woods, however as talked about earlier than Kerry Hyder’s versatility mitigates a few of that. There are even logjam points elsewhere alongside the line of defense, in addition to the center of the backfield with Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi.
Buying and selling down provides the Seahawks the depth they could be serious about if it’s on offense, nevertheless it removes the chance to seize a hopeful starter at one of many solely holes.
It looks like Schneider discovered a high-level expertise in Jordyn Brooks final 12 months, whereas individuals mocked the group but once more for a first-found attain. Brooks was speculated to be gettable a lot later within the draft. If the suitable man is there, Schneider has no drawback pulling the set off on draft day, and if it takes the group from three query marks to 2 he ought to do it.