With Super Bowl LIII in the books, the full draft order for the first round is now set, and was announced by the NFL this week.
The Seahawks, who finished 10-6 and lost in the wild card round of the playoffs, hold the 21st overall pick. Two of Seattle’s NFC West rivals, Arizona and San Francisco, hold the first and second overall picks, respectively, while the Los Angeles Rams pick 31st having lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots, who hold the final pick of the first round.
The full seven-round draft order won’t be announced until the NFL awards compensatory picks, which begin at the end of the third round, later this offseason. As of now, the Seahawks hold only four picks heading into the 2019 draft, their picks in the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds, having traded away their picks in rounds two (Duane Brown), six (Brett Hundley) and seven (Shalom Luani).
Given that lack of draft capital, as well as the Seahawks’ draft tendencies under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, it would not be at all surprising to see the Seahawks move back from that 21st pick in order to acquire more picks.
While the Seahawks used their original first-rounders in their first two drafts under Carroll and Schneider, taking Russell Okung and Earl Thomas in 2010 and James Carpenter in 2011, they have traded out of or back in the first round in every draft since then. In 2012, the Seahawks moved back from 12th overall to 15th before taking Bruce Irvin; they traded their first-round pick in 2013 as part of the Percy Harvin trade; they moved back in 2014 from the end of the first round to early in the second round, eventually selecting Paul Richardson 45th overall after moving back a second time; their 2015 first-rounder went to New Orleans as part of the Jimmy Graham trade; in 2016 Seattle moved back from 26 to 31, eventually taking Germain Ifedi; the Seahawks moved back several times in 2017, going from 26 to 31 to 34 before eventually picking Malik McDowell at No. 35; and last year the Seahawks moved back from 18 to 27 before picking Rashaad Penny.
The 2019 NFL Draft will take place Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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