Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, April 21 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
John Schneider Talks Draft Prep On The Final Edition Of Seattle Sports 710AM's John Schneider Show
It's crunch time for teams in preparation for the 2023 NFL Draft, with just one week remaining. The finale of Seattle Sports 710AM's "The John Schneider Show" saw the Seahawks general manager break down the final steps of preparation for the draft.
The Seahawks wrapped up private visits with prospects this week, as vets also returned to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for phase one of the offseason workout program. Schneider opened the show by discussing the week ahead, including discussing draft plans with Seahawks Chair Jody Allen.
"We're getting with the offensive staff tomorrow," said Schneider. "Defensive staff on Saturday in the draft room. On Sunday, we'll have a recap of basically all the differences we have on the board, and final adjustments that we need to make once we get the coaches' input. Pete and I will have a day, and we'll sit down with Jody Allen and review it for her. And show her how we got to this point, and how we see things going, and present a ton of different scenarios for her. Whether that's moving up, moving down at both positions on the first night, and we'll be calling the teams and agents. I tend to save my final conversations with a lot of college coaches for the last part, like Tuesday and Wednesday. When they've had time to listen to their prospects too, and see what their springs look like. Everybody has been done with the visits and they have all of the information they have as well. And then, we'll be talking to other teams about different scenarios; what they're looking at and how they want to move around on day one. Because we have that gap on day two, I would prefer that the draft would go faster than it does. But we have all-day on Friday as well to prepare for days two and three. But we're getting there, we're finally getting there."
Preparation for the offseason can be time consuming, but Schneider always makes a way when it comes to his family. Ben’s Fund is the brainchild of John and wife Traci, founded in 2012 following the diagnosis of their son Ben with Autism at the age of three. In efforts to raise funding to assist families dealing with autism, Ben's Fund has raised millions it uses to give grants to families in need.
"We started this because Brad Brotherton is a very good friend of mine," said Schneider. "He had started the steak-out for cancer research for Fred Hutchinson, and I'd gone to an event and really understood like 'Wow this is a very giving community.' So once Traci moved here with my boys and we got established, we knew we wanted to do something. We followed their lead and we started the primetime event for Ben's fund, and really it's for families that can't afford treatment for autism. I'm really proud of Traci, all the hard work she's put into this. She's really poured into it and we're basically at five million dollars. All these grants go to people that really, truly need help."
There's much to do for Seattle before the draft kicks off on April 27, but Schneider and the Seahawks will be ready to add more difference makers to the roster starting on Thursday.
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Brent Stecker of Seattle Sports 710AM: Seahawks GM Schneider has learned lesson from drafting for need.
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Here at Seahawks.com, we wrap up our position-by-position draft preview with a look at where things stand at cornerback.
Also at Seahawks.com, more on the HBCU tour 16 Seattle students from the WHOLE Mentoring program took last week.
More than a dozen local young Black students participating in the WHOLE Mentoring program took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to tour six Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the east coast in partnership with the Seahawks, Microsoft and The BE Project.