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Friday Round-Up: GM John Schneider Discusses Seahawks' Draft Approach On 710 ESPN's "Danny And Gallant"

Schneider spoke about what the Seahawks were looking for in their 2021 draftees and how D’Wayne Eskridge, Tre Brown and Stone Forsythe fit into the Hawks’ game plan.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, May 7 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

John Schneider Discusses Draft Approach With 710 ESPN's "Danny And Gallant"

With the 2021 NFL Draft in the books and many of the big free agency dominoes having already fallen, the focus is starting to shift toward how teams' on-field product will look. And with the Seahawks' rookie minicamp slated to begin next Friday, the team will get its first chance to see how it could work their three draft picks into the fold.

On Thursday, general manager John Schneider spoke with 710 ESPN's Danny O'Neil and Paul Gallant about the Seahawks' approach to the 2021 draft, how they evaluated their picks, and spoke on what stood out about D'Wayne Eskridge, Tre Brown and Stone Forsythe. While the Hawks only made three picks in this year's draft, Schneider thinks each player will make an impact on the team.

You can listen to the full interview here, and read some highlights below.

On what the Seahawks were looking for in prospects this year:

"We really focused on the person this year. People were talking about previous drafts — we have focused on the person obviously, the character, the grit, the things that you've heard and hear about all the time. But there was a point in there where it was really hard to make this football team. We took some players that, quite frankly, they were playing Madden with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman and guys like that when they were in eighth grade and now they're on the same football field with them. We had to get back to finding that level of toughness and grit and confidence."

On what stood out about WR D'Wayne Eskridge:

"He's a 10.5 100-meter guy, Mr. Track in the state of Indiana. He's overcome a lot, he's competitive, he's super tough. You can see him playing gunner, you can see him returning kickoffs. The way he went down to the Senior Bowl and competed after only playing six games this year, you could just see the power and the toughness. He's an exciting, explosive player. All you have to do is put on the YouTube videos and watch him go."

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On CB Tre Brown and the idea of drafting smaller cornerbacks:

"It's kind of knowing the landscape of the National Football League and where we're headed. Guys that are playing in the Big 12 like that, they're running it seems like for four hours every Saturday afternoon, just all the time, and he's one of them. Getting back to the person as well, you're getting an extremely tough, aggressive, very, very confident individual. And again, in the Big 12, not to get too much into the stats, he had the lowest completion percentage against him … If he's six-foot, six-one, he's a top 10 pick. So knowing the landscape of the draft and where you can acquire people is a huge aspect of what we do."

On how new OC Shane Waldron and run game coordinator Andy Dickerson impacted evaluation of prospects:

"Primarily with Stone [Forsythe] it kind of stood out just the way he's so long and he's such a big person who, basically, we call it running the hump but just running around people. Getting around him on the edge as a pass rusher is a big deal, he's so big and long. But also his ability to get out in space and run, 'running that track' is what Shane and their staff would call it, you can see Stone doing that."

DK Metcalf To Compete In USATF Golden Games And Distance Open

This Sunday, DK Metcalf is set to compete against some of the country's elite sprinters in the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California. 

Metcalf hasn't competed in track and field since his days as a senior at Oxford High School in Mississippi, but given his 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and his iconic chase-down tackle of Budda Baker last season, his speed is no secret to anyone. A sub-10.05 second 100-meter dash would automatically qualify Metcalf for next month's Olympic Trials.

You can watch the Golden Games and Distance Open on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT.

2021 NFL Schedule To Be Announced Wednesday

As we continue to inch closer to football season, a reminder that the 2021 NFL schedule is set to be unveiled next week on Wednesday, May 12. This year, the league is moving to a 17-game regular season, with NFC teams playing that extra game on the road. The Seahawks home and road opponents are as follows:

Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints

Road: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team, Pittsburgh Steelers

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