Draft room. Quiet please.
It doesn’t just say that on the doors of the draft room at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, that’s how those who have called this inner sanctum home for too much of the past several weeks conducted business during the arduous process leading up to the just-concluded three-day NFL Draft.
The best example of how the Seahawks kept their draft choices close to the vest came when Tom Cable was discussing the selection of Missouri tackle
It did indeed. The Seahawks – from general manager John Schneider and his staff, to coach Pete Carroll and his staff – take devilish pleasure in locking onto prospects early but not letting anyone know.
Including the players they ended up selecting with their nine picks that were spread over Friday and Saturday – the Seahawks traded their first-round pick on Thursday night, the first of three moves that helped them increase the six picks they had entering the draft.
Colorado wide receiver
UCLA defensive end Cassius March, the first of the Seahawks’ seven picks on Saturday: “Actually, Seattle didn’t work me out. I didn’t do a trip or anything. I just had a couple of phone calls and a meeting at the Combine. … I knew they were interested, but I didn’t know if it would be them who picked me.”
Alabama wide receiver
Arkansas fullback Kieko Small, the team’s final pick in the seventh round: “I had some (contact), but not as much as some others.”
The Seahawks also met with Boston College linebacker
Bucky Brooks, a former scout for the Seahawks and now an analyst for NFL.com, did a four-round mock draft last week. His picks for the Seahawks: Virginia tackle Morgan Moses (first round), Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant (second round) and South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (fourth round).
The Seahawks drafted two tackles, two wide receivers and two defensive linemen, but not the ones Brooks projected. And Brooks knows how Schneider goes about his draft business better than most.
“It was kind of like Yogi (Berra) said, ‘It’s déjà vu all over again,’ ” Carroll said. “I thought it was a terrific three days.”
It also was three days when mum continued to be the word when it came to who the Seahawks would select, and when.
As former coach Chuck Knox used to say, “If a hair on my head knew what I was thinking, I’d pluck it out.”