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Friday Round-Up: Sports Illustrated Examines The Best Draft Trades Of The Last Decade
Good morning, 12s.
Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Friday, May 19— about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
SI Examines The Best Draft Trades Of The Last Decade
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated took a look back this week and picked the best trade each team made during the NFL Draft in the past decade. Burke’s list included drafts from 2007-2016 and did not include 2017 because, well, it’s hard to consider the value of a trade when players haven't stepped on the field yet.
For the Seahawks’ best draft trade, Burke went back to 2009 and selected the Seahawks' move into the first round to select safety Earl Thomas. Here’s his reasoning behind it:
Seattle Seahawks: 2009
Traded: Pick No. 37 to Denver for a ’10 first-rounder
Selected: S Earl Thomas
From just 2009–12, using a variety of draft picks, the Seahawks acquired Thomas, WR Golden Tate, S Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman, RB Marshawn Lynch and LB Bobby Wagner. The stories of Chancellor and Sherman were credits to scouting and good fortunes, as those players were uncovered at picks No. 133 and No. 154, respectively. The Lynch trade (No. 122 in 2011 and a conditional ’12 selection) still should haunt Buffalo.
In Thomas, though, the Seahawks selected a player who has become the signature example at his position. He was a Pro Bowler from 2011-15 and a first-team All-Pro from 2012–14—he might have earned both honors again last season, were it not for a December leg injury. The Broncos’ 2010 first-rounder landed at No. 14, or 23 spots below the point to which they traded up in ’09. The player they so badly wanted: CB Alphonso Smith, who was on their roster for a year before they traded him to Detroit for TE Dan Gronkowski. The lesser-known Gronk wrapped his NFL career in 2011 with nine receptions. Read
Tweet Of The Day
Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Seahawks rookie wide receiver Amara Darboh, who is in California this week for the NFLPA Rookie Premier:
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