Friday Round-Up: Jimmy Graham Was The Seahawks First-Round Draft Pick

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Good morning, 12s, and welcome to day two of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, May 1 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Jimmy Graham Was Seattle's First-Round Pick

Roughly halfway through the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll popped his head into the team's defensive meeting room that had turned into a press workroom for the weekend to offer the media a bit of humor.

"Don't tell anyone," Carroll said. "But we're taking a tight end."

Carroll's quip referred to three-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham, who the Seahawks acquired in a trade with the New Orleans Saints last month. Seattle sent its first-round pick (No. 31 overall) and center Max Unger in exchange for Graham and the Saints' fourth-round pick in this year's draft (No. 112).

So while their opponents were busy picking a new face of the franchise, the Seahawks took comfort in Graham, an established playmaker that at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds presents a unique matchup problem for opposing defenses Seattle wouldn't have been able to land with the second-to-last pick in round one.

Over the past four years in New Orleans, Graham averaged 89 catches for 1,099 yards, and 11.5 touchdowns. He gives the Seahawks a big target that excels in the red zone, a piece that had been missing from the team's offense.

"We didn't feel like we'd be able to get a player of Jimmy's caliber with the 31st pick," Seahawks Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider said in a meeting with reporters last week. "It makes it that much easier to sleep at night knowing that we weren't going to be able to get a player like that."

Seattle enters day two of the 2015 draft armed with two of its NFL-high 11 picks. The team holds one selection in the second round (No. 63 overall) and one in the third (No. 95). Round two gets going at 4 p.m. PT.

Barring any draft-day trades, which Schneider and Carroll have been known to pull off in the past, the Seahawks will enjoy nine picks on Saturday, May 2 in Rounds 4-7. Seattle has three picks in the fourth (Nos. 112, 130 & 134), two in the fifth (Nos. 167 & 170), three in the sixth (Nos. 181, 209 & 214), and one in the seventh (No. 248).

Go inside the Seahawks draft room at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks Headquarters) and watch how Pete Carroll and John Schneider work their magic on the most hopeful days of the offseason.

#SeahawksDraft Live

Seahawks.com will continue to carry live streaming video coverage during this year's draft. You can catch all the action, including a constant feed of the team's draft room, at Seahawks.com/live starting at 4 p.m. PT.

Here's a look at the team website's remaining programming schedule:

Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 1, 4 p.m., Seahawks.com/live

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m., Seahawks.com/live

Mock Draft Central

Jared Stanger at FieldGulls.com put together a seven-round Seahawks mock draft, tabbing Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley (No. 63 overall) and Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (with a trade up from No. 95 to No. 83) in the second and third rounds, respectively.

SI.com's Doug Farrar also has a seven-round Seahawks mock draft, believing Seattle will select Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet in round two (No. 63 overall) and William & Mary wide receiver Tre McBride in round three (No. 95 overall).

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, who shares a late-night photo of GM John Schneider from inside the team's draft "War Room" at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

More From Around The Web

Pete Carroll's #SeahawksDraftClues are back for the head coach's sixth NFL Draft in Seattle.

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas remembers the day the Seahawks selected him with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Blitz, the Sea Gals, and Seahawks alumni are in Chicago supporting NFL Play 60 and experienceing the 2015 NFL draft with fans.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com says how the first round went down helps explain why Seattle traded for tight end Jimmy Graham.

Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times comments on why the Seahawks chose to sit out round one.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal shares 10 key takeaways from day one of the draft.

And Stephen Cohen at SeattlePI.com identifies the best players still available on day two of the draft.

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