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First-round ‘upsets’ play into Seahawks’ second-day draft plan

Posted Apr 26, 2013

When Oregon tackle Kyle Long and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick were drafted Thursday night, it pushed two other players expected to go in the first round into Friday’s second round.


(The opinions and analysis contained in this feature are those of the author and others credited and do not necessarily represent the thoughts and opinions of the Seahawks’ coaching staff and personnel department)

While discussing what would be the first NFL Draft he has not controlled, coordinated or at least contributed to since 1993 without a first-round draft choice, general manager John Schneider mentioned how upsets in Thursday night’s opening round could impact who the Seahawks would select in the second round on Friday.

Upsets? Those players selected in the first round that some did not have rated as first-round picks.

“We call them upsets, so basically you have to have certain upsets along the way,” Schneider said last week when asked about looking at the talent pool when your first pick is the 56th overall rather than the 25th – which the Seahawks traded to the Minnesota Vikings last month as part of the three-pick deal to acquire receiver/runner/returner Percy Harvin.

“So we know that we have to have a certain number of upsets for things to go our way. Meaning players that we wouldn’t consider in the first round.”

Schneider wasn’t specifically talking about Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, who were the eighth and ninth offensive linemen to go in the first round. But others – like NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock – were, and as examples of what Schneider was talking about their surprising selections work just fine.

Long, Howie’s kid and Chris’ brother, went to the Chicago Bears with the 20th pick in Thursday night’s first round. Frederick, the guy from Big Foot High, was the Dallas Cowboys’ selection with the 31st pick in the first round.

Long? Mayock did not have him rated among his Top 6 offensive tackles, so obviously didn’t have him in the first round of his mock draft. But he was not alone. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay at ESPN.com didn’t either. And neither did Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com.

Frederick? Mayock had him ranked as his third-best center – behind Cal’s Brian Schwenke and Alabama’s Barrett Jones – in a draft where no centers were rated as first-round picks. Thursday night, Mayock offered, “I have a third-round grade on him. I think this is a reach.” Again, he was not alone. Kiper, McShay and Rang, who spent countless hours compiling their mock drafts, did not have the Badgers’ center going in the first round, either.

“You get to a certain point in the draft where you could kind of take a deep breath and just feel good about your preparation and just go,” Schneider said. “I think we’re at that point.”

Here are some other tidbits from Thursday night’s first round to ponder as you wait for the Seahawks to make their first selection in their fourth draft with Schneider and coach Pete Carroll at the controls:

The Kansas City Chiefs’ selection of Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher made him the fourth offensive lineman selected No. 1 overall since the start of the common draft in 1967. He joins Hall of Famer Ron Yary (Minnesota Vikings in 1968), Orlando Pace (St. Louis Rams in 1997) and Jake Long (Miami Dolphins in 2008). And, while Fisher is the first Central Michigan player to go at No. 1, he is not the first to go in the first round. The San Francisco 49ers took Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley with the 28th pick in 2007.

The selection of Fisher was followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel at No. 2 and the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson at No. 4. They are the first trio of tackles to go in the Top 5 since 1967.

Kyle Long is the ninth son of a Hall of Fame player or coach to be drafted, and Howie Long becomes the first Hall of Famer to have two sons selected in the draft – Chris went to the Rams as the No. 2 pick overall in 2008. The other Hall of Fame father/drafted son duos: Bobby Bell and Bobby Bell Jr. (New York Jets in 1984); Tony Dorsett and Anthony Dorsett (Houston Oilers in 1996); Bob Griese and Brian Griese (Denver Broncos in 1998); Russ Grimm and Cody Grimm (Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010); Don Shula and Mike Shula (Buccaneers in 1987); Jackie Slater and Matthew Slater (New England Patriots 2008); and Kellen Winslow and Kellen Winslow, Jr. (Cleveland Browns in 2004).

When cornerback Dee Milliner (Jets), guard Chance Warmack (Tennessee Titans) and tackle D.J. Fluker (San Diego) went 9-10-11, the Alabama players became the first trio from the same school to be selected with consecutive picks since at least 1967.

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