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Seahawks swap first-round draft choice to Vikings for two picks

Posted May 8, 2014

When it came time to make the last pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Seahawks worked a trade with the Vikings for Minnesota’s selections in the second and fourth rounds.


The Seahawks were ready to select a player with the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Then, the phone in their draft room rang. Not once, but several times.

General manager John Schneider listened to the offers for the 32nd pick and traded it to the Minnesota Vikings.

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“We talked to probably five or six teams,” Schneider said Thursday night at the conclusion of the first round, which took 3 hours, 39 minutes. “Minnesota just stuck with it. They were just real persistent. So it worked out great.”

The Vikings used the pick to select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, while the Seahawks got the Vikings pick in the second round (No. 40 overall) and another in the fourth round (No. 108 overall).

The Seahawks, who entered the draft with just six picks, now have two picks in Friday’s second round – No. 40 and No. 64. And Schneider is confident that the player the Seahawks get at No. 40 will be of equivalent value to the one they would have selected at No. 32.

“We have a number of players that were suitable for that pick at 32 that we feel will be suitable at 40 as well,” Schneider said.

The Seahawks trading the final pick in the first round should not have surprised anyone. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock laid out the scenario last week, saying a team looking to trade back into the first round to select a quarterback would call the Seahawks. And earlier Thursday, Schneider told the network the possibility of working a trade was a “realistic” expectation.

In the end, it was the Vikings. The trade between the Seahawks and Vikings was the fifth in the first round, and the second between the two teams in the past 13 months. Last March, the Seahawks traded the Vikings their first-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick in this year’s draft to acquire wide receiver Percy Harvin.

“We were blessed. That’s exactly what we were hoping for,” Schneider said of turning one pick into two. “We were talking to a number of teams down there at the end. Minnesota stayed with it, so we did it with them.

“There were some good players there (at 32). But we had the opportunity to grab another pick, another player. We saw value in the trade.”

What’s next? With the eighth pick in the second round on Friday, the Seahawks could have a chance to select one of the top-rated guards – UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo or Stanford’s David Yankey; or one of the top remaining tackles – Nevada’s Joel Bitonio and Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio; or one of the top-rated defensive lineman – Florida State tackle Timmy Jernigan, Minnesota tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, Missouri end Kony Ealy and Notre Dame end Stephon Tuitt. Or it could be a player at another position, like Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer. But the player who is selected will be the top-rated player on their draft board.

Or they could trade back, again.

“There are several guys that we hope will be there tomorrow,” Schneider said. “But if somebody comes tomorrow with something that we can’t turn down we’ll look at that as well.”   

The Seahawks do not have a pick in the third round Friday because of the Harvin trade last year.

Saturday, the Seahawks have five picks: two in the fourth round, No. 108 and No. 132 overall; two in the fifth round, No. 146 and No. 172 overall; and one in the sixth round, No. 208 overall.