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'He's Going To Be a Really Good (Expletive) Player.' Inside The Seahawks Draft Room During The 2024 NFL Draft

Get a look inside the Seahawks draft room as they selected eight players in the 2024 NFL Draft.


Before the 2024 NFL Draft kicked off, John Schneider and Mike Macdonald stood side by side in front of the Seahawks' draft board quietly discussing what was about to unfold over the course of three days and seven rounds.

Schneider, Seattle's general manager and president of football operations, was about to kick off his 15th draft with the Seahawks, while Macdonald was getting ready for his first as a head coach.

Over the next 45 or so hours, the Seahawks would select eight players, make one trade, and coming out of the draft feeling like they added not just talent, but toughness on the line of scrimmage, a “tone-setting” class, as Schneider would call it on Saturday night.

By the time the dust had settled, the Seahawks drafted eight players—defensive tackle Byron Murphy II, guard Christian Haynes, linebacker Tyrice Knight, tight end AJ Barner, cornerback Nehemiah Pritchett, guard/tackle Sataoa Laumea, cornerback D.J. James and tackle Michael Jerrell—and would later sign 16 undrafted free agents, a total that increased to 18 after rookie minicamp.

For some insight into the Seahawks' draft process, was inside the draft room for all eight picks, so join us for a peek behind the curtain during the 2024 NFL Draft.

Day 1: Round 1

4:49 p.m.

The room is mostly quiet aside from some chatter here and there. The mood is loose as Seahawks Chair Jody Allen, head coach Mike Macdonald and president Chuck Arnold have a quiet conversation punctuated by laughter.

4:55 p.m.

General manager and president of football operations John Schneider and Allen hug, then stand together in front of draft board as Schneider breaks down what is about to take place.

There are 19 players with first-round grades on Seattle's board, meaning if they stay at 16, they're assured of getting a player they really like. Of course, there will be temptation to move back.

4:57 p.m.

Just before things get going, Schneider calls for the entire coaching staff to come into the room to address everyone who has been involved in the process that led to this day.

"Before we get going, I just want to say thank you to everybody," Schneider tells the room. "Tons of gratitude, all the hours that went into this. We're going to have an awesome weekend. We've talked about this before, tonight's like the entertainment night, the red carpet and all that shit, but Saturday is going to be awesome, tomorrow is going to be awesome. Saturday is really the day that's going to be fun, gritty, we're going to get after it. But really, tons of appreciation to the scouts starting this process last spring, then Mike, yourself, the staff, you guys have been unbelievable coming in here, putting in all your processes, working with the players, all that kind of stuff. And all the Zoom interviews have been outstanding, we've actually been able to get to know you guys a little bit on these Zoom interviews too. So much appreciation, it's not anything that's taken for granted, staying up as late as you do. Being away from your family, the move, it's outstanding. It's appreciated by all of us. We are all excited to be doing this together for our first draft together as a group. So yeah, let's kick ass. I know you spend so much time with all these guys, and tonight it's going to be like, boom, boom, they're all going to come off one by one like, 'Son of a!" But that's what happens, and hey, we just keep moving forward. Thank you all so much, appreciate everybody."

5 p.m.

The multiple TVs in the room show NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announce that the 2024 NFL Draft is underway, and that the Chicago Bears are on the clock.

6:15 p.m.

With Seattle's pick still 45 minutes away, multiple people are working phones to discuss trade scenarios. At the front of the room, assistant general manager Nolan Teasley sits next to Schneider, and to Schneider's right are Macdonald, Allen and Arnold, while just behind them are director of college scouting Aaron Hineline, VP of player personnel Trent Kirchner, senior director of player personnel Matt Berry and director of pro personnel Willie Schneider.

6:17 p.m.

The Vikings select J.J. McCarthy at 10th overall, meaning the Seahawks are six picks away. Berry is on the phone with a potential trade partner, then after hanging up he talks with Schneider to go over the offer.

The Seahawks still have 10 players with first-round grades left, putting them in good shape to get a really good player. Consider this foreshadowing, but one of the highest remaining names on the board, regardless of position, falls under the defensive tackle column.

6:20 p.m.

As Schneider and Teasley discuss a possible trade, going over the value of the proposed compensation, Hineline announces to the room, "The Jets are picking," ending the speculation in the room that someone was going to come up to trade for New York's pick at No. 11.

6:25 p.m.

As Schneider would tell reporters after Day 1 of the draft, the Seahawks had four offers to trade back, “good ones too.” One being discussed just after the Jets selected tackle Olumayiwa Fashanu would see the Seahawks make a pretty significant move back, resulting in less draft capital this year, but giving them a pretty nice haul in 2025. Schneider tells Teasley to ask for more than is currently being offered if they're going to consider it.

6:27 p.m.

The Broncos select quarterback Bo Nix at No. 12, a move that is greeted with excitement in the room. That's not because the Seahawks don't have a high opinion of Nix, but rather because it continues an unprecedented run of offensive players, leaving their top target still available.

6:28 p.m.

Schneider is still working the phones, and hands one of the two calls off to Kirchner to take over negotiations.

6:33 p.m.

A team picking in the 20s is offering multiple 2025 picks to move up to 16, but no Day 2 picks in this year's draft. That gets a no from Schneider.

6:34 p.m.

The offensive run continues with Las Vegas taking tight end Brock Bowers with the 13th pick. Not long after Schneider is on the phone saying no to another trade offer. Just before he puts down the phone, he remembers his Midwestern manners, adding, "Thank you though, we appreciate it."

6:37 p.m.

Schneider lifts his arms to check the pits of his dress shirt for sweat, drawing a laugh from the room. While still mulling over an aforementioned trade involving 2025 compensation, Schneider asks Teasley for his assessment on that team's prospects for the 2024 season, wanting to know just how valuable next year's pick might be.

6:43 p.m.

New Orleans takes Oregon State tackle Taliese Fuaga at No. 14, another player the Seahawks like, but not a selection that upsets the room, not with their pick of defensive players still available.

Almost immediately after, Schneider makes a call to turn down yet another trade offer, at least tentatively depending on what happens with the next pick. "Hey, we're going to pick as of now," Schneider says, adding that he'll call back if something changes.

6:45 p.m.

Schneider answers yet another call and hands the phone off to Teasley. With the Seahawks close to being on the clock, he asks his son, Jack, to turn down the music in the room.

6:50 p.m.

With the 15th pick, Indianapolis takes UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu. Hineline announces the pick to the room, then adds, "We're on the clock." The room breaks out in applause and cheers, after a long wait, Byron Murphy II, the player the Seahawks have been eying throughout, is still atop Seattle's board.

6:53 p.m.

With the Seahawks preparing to call Murphy, the defensive coaching staff comes into the draft room, while Macdonald is all smiles knowing his first draft pick in Seattle is going to help his defense.

6:56 p.m.

As Schneider prepares to call Murphy, Macdonald jokes with defensive coordinator Aden Durde, who is clearly excited about the pick, handing out hugs left and right. Macdonald tells Durde, "I'm going to throw it to you after, get your mind right."

6:57 p.m.

Schneider gets Murphy on the phone, and opens with a playful shot at his agent, Ron Slavin, with whom Schneider has a good relationship, "We don't care what your agent says about you, man, we think you're a hell of a football player, and we're going to select you right here, OK buddy?"

After Schneider hands the phone to Macdonald, the room erupts in applause as Macdonald tells his newest defensive lineman "Congratulations, man. Just so freakin' happy for you, I'm so excited. I can't wait for you to get here. Celebrate with your family, man, cherish this. This is a special moment, you should be really proud of yourself."

Murphy then has a brief chat with Durde and defensive line coach Justin Hinds. Once the call is over and the pick submitted, the room turns its attention to the TV screens in the room to see the announcement of Murphy as the 16thoverall pick.

7:03 p.m.

With Seattle's pick still to come, at least on TV, the NFL Network cuts to a commercial break. And no, Seahawks fans, you're not alone in feeling like there's always a commercial right before a Seahawks pick. Noting this, Schneider gives a hard time to Seahawks chief communications officer Dave Pearson, jokingly asking, loud enough for the room to hear, "Who's in charge of PR around here anyway?" despite knowing that the draft broadcast falls well outside of Pearson's purview.

Day 2: Rounds 2-3

6:55 p.m.

After a long day of waiting, the Seahawks, who traded their second-round pick to the Giants for Leonard Williams, are closing in on making their first pick of the night.

The Cowboys take Kansas State's Cooper Beebe with the 73rd pick, one of the two interior linemen still high on Seattle's board, meaning it's going to be a long, nervous wait to see if the Seahawks are going to get Christian Haynes.

In the back of the room, Hall of Fame guard Steve Hutchinson, who works for the team as a football consultant, a role that consists largely of helping evaluate offensive linemen, quietly chats with Schneider. In particular, Schneider wants Hutch's opinion on Haynes.

"I think he's going to be a really good (expletive) player," Hutchinson tells Schneider.

7 p.m.

After the Falcons select Washington defensive end Bralen Trice, the Bears pick Yale tackle Kiran Amegadjie. That's three offensive linemen in the past five picks, and right now a run on lineman is concerning for Seattle, not just because Haynes fits a need, but because he is one of three players left on Seattle's draft board sticking out above the rest of the pack. This is one of those situations where need and taking the best available player might synch up, but only if Haynes survives five more picks.

7:02 p.m.

It's mostly quiet in the room as Macdonald asks for the offensive staff to come into the room. Macdonald and Schneider stand at the front of the room to consider their options if Haynes isn't there when Seattle is up at No. 81. Schneider is pacing around the room with tensions high.

7:04 p.m.

After Denver picks Utah defensive end Jonah Elliss at No. 76, Schneider cuts the tension momentarily by loudly saying, "It's taking us forever to get here, right? Let's go!"

7:05 p.m.

Las Vegas picks Delmar Glaze, an offensive lineman from Maryland, and moments later Houston is on the clock after making a trade to acquire pick No. 78.

7:09 p.m.

The Texans use that pick on safety Calen Bullock, meaning there are only two picks left before Seattle is up.

7:11 p.m.

Noticing how quiet the room has become, Schneider tells his son, Jack, to change up the music to liven things up. "It's so quiet in here," he tells Jack.

The Colts make a trade to get back on the clock at No. 79, only upping the tension in the room, as the Seahawks scouts correctly surmise that trade was made to pick a lineman.

7:13 p.m.

The Colts do, indeed, take a lineman, but it's not Haynes, it's Matt Goncalves, a tackle from Pitt. The pick comes with a bit of relief, but the Seahawks need Haynes to last one more pick before they can celebrate.

Once more, Schneider tries to break the tension by loudly declaring, "Isn't this fun?"

7:15 p.m.

It's the moment of truth for the Seahawks, who have been waiting for more than three hours to make their first Day 2 pick, and with the 80th overall selection, Cincinnati takes Alabama receiver Jermaine Burton.

"We're on the clock," Hineline announces as the room celebrates.

"Holy cow!" Schneider shouts. "We're getting our offensive lineman."

Then, just before making the call himself, as Schneider usually would in this situation, he asks, "Where's Todd," referring to Northeast area scout Todd Brunner.

Last year, Schneider had Ryan Florence make the call to sixth-round pick Jerrick Reed II, a player Florence had been championing throughout the draft process, and this time Brunner, a veteran scout with three decades of experience, including 12 years in Seattle, gets to share the good news with a player he has been scouting for a long time.

"Hey, you want to come to the Pacific Northwest?" Brunner asks Haynes. "We're going to take you right here."

After handing the phone to Macdonald, Brunner is greeted with hugs and pats on the back from his fellow scouts and, briefly at least, looks like the emotions of the moment are getting to him. Later Brunner would explain it was the first time he has made a draft call since joining the Seahawks in 2012, something he did at times during his previous job with the 49ers.

After Macdonald and offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb welcome Haynes to the team, offensive line coach Scott Huff and Haynes have the most offensive line conversation possible, skipping all pleasantries to compare notes on what each had for dinner that evening. Both had salmon, proving Haynes and the Seahawks are a perfect match… or something like that.

7:20 p.m.

After the pick is announced on TV and highlights of Haynes are airing on the NFL Network, Schneider pats Brunner on the shoulder, saying, "Todd, you're going to be all over the world wide web now."

Following the conclusion of Round 3, Schneider talked about the decision to have Brunner make that call.

"He was so passionate about him," Schneider said of having Brunner call Haynes. "Just awesome. His initial report is like, 'This guy is a Seahawk.' And that's in September. He just had so much passion for him. It's fun. It's always a blast to be able to call people like that. He's had a relationship with him."

Day 3: Rounds 4-7

8:50 a.m.

Before Day 3 of the draft gets going, Schneider addresses the room, saying, "Sorry about yesterday, that was long as shit. We got a great player though." Echoing his sentiment from before the draft started, Schneider reminds everything that Saturday of the draft "is where we make hay. This is a great day."

To symbolize the workmanlike attitude of the final day of the draft, which also includes the hectic post-draft process of agreeing to deals with top undrafted free agents, nearly everyone in the room is wearing what Schneider refers to as their gas station shirts, each of which is personalized with first names embroidered below a throwback Seahawks logo.

"We're going to work," Schneider explained to the media later that day. "Getting up and this is the day. This is the day we just get after it and hey, we're not going to outsmart you, we're going to outwork you."

Seahawks president of football operations/general manager John Schneider in the draft room on day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft on April 27, 2024.

8:55 a.m.

After Schneider talks a bit about how the day will go, including the undrafted free agent process after the draft ends, he asks for someone to go grab the food services staff, led by head chef Stuart McNabb, which has been putting in long hours throughout the draft.

"Let's give it up for Stu and all these guys," Schneider says. "But I don't think we deserved that crab benedict yesterday. We sat here for three hours and didn't do anything."

8:57 a.m.

With the fourth round about to start and the Seahawks scheduled to pick second at No. 102, there's a relaxed mood in the room, quite a contrast to the night before as tension built leading up to the selection of Haynes.

9 a.m.

Just as the TV broadcast begins, there's phone activity in the room.

9:06 a.m.

Carolina opens Day 3 of the draft by selecting Ja'Tavion Sanders, a tight end from Texas, putting the Seahawks on the clock. Seattle isn't on the clock for long, however, because Schneider, who has built a reputation for making draft-day trades, particularly moving back to acquire more picks, announces to the room, "OK, we're going back. Yes!"

9:08 a.m.

The Seahawks have traded back, sending pick No. 102 to Denver, as well as a seventh-rounder (235), in exchange for a pick later in the fourth round (121), as well as fifth and sixth-round picks (136 and 207).

It's a calculated risk, the Seahawks only have a handful of players left on their board with fourth-round grades, but a risk they're willing to take given the compensation.

"We had several players right in there that we knew there were groupings, so it made sense, (the Broncos) were very aggressive," Schneider said after the draft. "A lot of calls this morning and they just were the most aggressive of the group and it was the one that made the most sense as pertains to what we wanted to go and what our board looked like and what would be possibly giving up in order to acquire both the guys that we did and luckily were two positions we targeted at that spot."

9:45 a.m.

After Javon Foster and Erick All go to Jacksonville and Cincinnati, respectively, Kirchner is on the phone with the Seahawks now six picks away.

9:51 a.m.

Now it's Schneider on the phone, asking a potential trade partner, "What do you got?" Apparently, it wasn't enough, because Schneider gets off the call with no deal done.

9:52 a.m.

The options for the upcoming picks, No. 118 and 121, are still being discussed, and once it becomes clear what the decision is, Macdonald calls for Durde and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti to come into the room.

9:53 a.m.

The usually routine task of calling a draft prospect with good news turns into quite an adventure.

When the initial call to Tyrice Knight isn't answered, Schneider asks someone to call his agent. Teasley quickly gets Knight's agent on the phone, at which point Schneider asks, "Are you with Tyrice?" Followed by, "Can I talk to him?"

"This is a first," Schneider says after getting ahold of Knight. "How you doing Tyrice? It's John Schneider with the Seahawks."

Clearly dealing with a bad reception, Schneider is having a hard time talking to Knight. Schneider then hands off the phone to Macdonald who continues to struggle to hear Knight before the call drops, leading to another call back that finally allows Macdonald to welcome Knight to the team. Knight would later clarify on Twitter that he was "in da middle of nowhere," leading to the issues.

With the Seahawks' next pick coming up soon at No. 121, Schneider is back on the phone even as Macdonald congratulates his team's new linebacker.

"Hey, I think we're going to pick," Schneider says to a team acquiring about Seattle's next pick, while only a few feet away, Macdonald is still talking on the phone with Knight. "Appreciate you."

10:03 a.m.

After two more picks, the Seahawks are back on the clock with their second pick of the fourth round. Macdonald asks football operations coordinator Hailey Holtz to head out to grab offensive assistant coaches.

10:04 a.m.

Jason Barnes, the team's assistant director of college scouting, makes the call to Michigan tight end AJ Barner.

"You ready to ball?" Barnes says. "We're going to take you right here, man, you excited?"

Barner replies, "Let's do it, man. I'm ready to get out there. Let's go win a Super Bowl."

After a brief chat with his new head coach—"You got another Michigan man," Barner tells Macdonald—Barner gets on the phone with offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb, who was on the oppositive sideline in January when Michigan and Washington faced off for the National Championship.

"It's going to be good to be in the same colors, buddy," Grubb tells Barner.

Barner shows his confidence and vision for himself in his response to his new coordinator, saying, "You guys just got a steal. I waited a long time, but I'm ready to go. I'm going to do everything I can to bring this team a championship. I want to be one of the best tight ends in the league, and I'm not going to settle until I do that."

10:37 a.m.

After T.J. Tampa and Jared Wiley get selected with picks No. 130 and 131, respectively, Detroit trades up for the next pick, selecting Utah running back Sione Vaki. With that, there are three picks remaining in the fourth round and until the Seahawks' next pick, No. 136 overall and the first pick of Round 5.

10:41 a.m.

As Schneider is on the phone once again, Kansas City picks WSU safety Jaden Hicks, much to the chagrin of team president Chuck Arnold, a proud WSU alum, who jokingly (or maybe not jokingly?) had been reminding Schneider that Hicks was still available at various times throughout the day. The Seahawks' options of players with fifth-round-or-better grades are dwindling, but among the options they have left are a pair of cornerbacks (foreshadowing alert!).

10:50 a.m.

After the 49ers select Arizona receiver Jacob Cowing, the Seahawks are back on the clock with the first pick of the fifth round, one of the picks they got in their trade back with Denver earlier in the day.

Aaron Hineline, the director of college scouting, gets the nod from Schneider to make the call to Auburn cornerback Nehemiah Pritchett. This marks the third, but not the last, draft call this year that Schneider has had someone other than himself make the initial call to break the good news.

"We're about to select you right here," Hineline tells him. "… We're going to get you up here and make you a Seahawk, all right?"

Macdonald then takes the phone, telling Pritchett, "Got a lot of love in the building for you, man."

10:53 a.m.

After Durde and defensive backs coach/defensive passing game coordinator Karl Scott also talk to Pritchett and welcome him to the team, the room quiets down. Barring a trade, it's going to be a bit before Seattle picks again at No. 179, their first of three sixth-round picks.

With a little bit of down time, and knowing a busy sixth round awaits, Schneider, Berry, Hineline and Southwest area scout Ryan Florence stand in front of the board to discuss their options coming up in the afternoon.

12:50 p.m.

With the fifth round winding down, the Seahawks still have a handful of players with fifth-round grades on their board, meaning there's a chance to land some real value in the sixth round depending on how things fall.

1:07 p.m.

Holtz leaves the room again to get Grubb, Huff and assistant offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, an indicator, along with an offensive lineman being one of the top players left on the board, of what direction the Seahawks are going with their next pick.

1:08 p.m.

West area scout Josh Graff makes the call to Utah offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea to inform him that he's the Seahawks' pick at No. 179.

"You ready to stop waiting and come up to Seattle?" Graff says. "We're going to take you here at 179, all right?"

After Mike Macdonald greets Laumea and is met with a casual "'Sup?" he asks if Laumea is excited. When Laumea says he is, Macdonald deadpans, "I can hear it in your voice… kind of."

Grubb and Laumea then share pleasantries, followed by Huff taking the phone to tell Laumea, "I screwed up and didn't recruit you out of high school, but now we've got you."

"Yeah, that's funny," Laumea tells the former University of Washington offensive line coach. "You guys wanted me at D-tackle."

1:15 p.m.

Just before the Seahawks' selection of Laumea is announced on TV, NFL Network again cuts to a commercial. Schneider once again playfully lets Pearson hear about it.

1:38 p.m.

Arizona picks Alabama-Birmingham receiver Tejhaun Palmer, meaning the Seahawks are back on the clock.

"Let's go!" Schneider hollers, before adding. "Ezzz."

The Ezzz reference, for those who don't know, is for former Seahawks defensive back and special teams standout Neiko Thorpe, who is now player engagement/football operations assistant for his former team.

Thorpe uses "Ezzz" (pronounced like a prolonged "easy") as a greeting, as an expression, as an answer to a simple "how's it going," and even has those letters on a chain he wears daily, and on a hat he was wearing on this particular day. Ezzz is, he explains, a way of life, a catch-all phrase he has used since he was a kid growing up in Atlanta.

So why is Schneider calling for Thorpe? Because for the second time in as many rounds, the Seahawks are selecting an Auburn cornerback, this time D.J. James, so Schneider is going to let Thorpe, a former Auburn cornerback himself, make the call.

"Thank you for calling," James tells Thorpe. "I've been waiting on y'all."

"How do you feel about being a Seahawk, brother?" Thorpe replies. "Can't wait to have you, bro. Congrats."

Thorpe ends the call saying, "I'm going to introduce you to head coach Mike Macdonald. Ezzz." The final punctuation on conversation drawing laughs from the room.

Macdonald jokes with James that Scott, a former Alabama assistant, "is going to be upset, because he coached at Alabama. He'll be all right." To which James replies, "That's my guy."

After Scott takes the phone, James tells his new defensive backs coach, "You know you just got a dog, man?"

Scott answers, "Is that right? You know what they say, I see better than I hear, so you're going to have to show me."

Finally, Schneider offers his congratulations saying, "D.J., congrats man. You doing good? It's not where you start, it's where you finish. Come on in here and kick ass, all right. We love your juice, dude. It's fun watching you play."

1:44 p.m.

As the TV broadcast shows highlights of James, Thorpe yells from the hallways outside the draft room, "Not one, but two!" referring to the number of cornerbacks from his alma mater the Seahawks have added on Day 3 of the draft.

2:11 p.m.

With a few picks remaining until the Seahawks eighth and, barring a trade, final pick of the 2024 draft, there are still a couple players sticking out on the draft board with fifth-round grades. Schneider is on the phone, yet again, but if any sort of trade was being discussed, nothing comes of it, and Schneider politely ends the call with the Seahawks about to be on the clock.

2:13 p.m.

Schneider makes the call to Michael Jerrell, a tackle out of Division II University of Findlay, to let him know he will be the Seahawks' pick at No. 207. The Seahawks have already invested a pair of picks on linemen, including a player with right tackle experience in Laumea, and they've also added to that group in free agency, but this is a case of taking a player with a lot of athletic upside who happened to be at the top of Seattle's board, making it an easy choice even if it wasn't addressing a huge need.

"Hey Michael, John Schneider with the Seattle Seahawks, how you doing?" Schneider says. "You had a great visit. We're getting ready to select you here at 207, OK?"

"Oh shit, for real?" Jerrell replies.

"Oh yeah, for real!" Schneider answers.

Jerrell, who came late to the game of football after initially focusing on basketball in high school, believed in his abilities enough to stay at Findlay even after bigger programs started calling. He stayed, he would explain to the media not long after being selected, because he didn't want another school or coaching staff getting credit for developing him when his name was eventually called in the NFL Draft.

"It means everything," he said. "Coming from my high school, we've only had one NFL player get drafted and make it to the league, and I'm just excited to be the next one and show guys that are going to small schools that you can make it from a small school. You don't have to transfer and chase NIL or chase Power 5 to make it to the NFL; you can go from wherever. I'm glad I can show the kids in the community that they can do it too, don't sell yourself short."

"I'm a loyal guy, and I stick with those who stick with me, and that's why I stayed at Findlay. They believed in me from the start, and I couldn't see myself leaving for another team that would get the credit for what my coach and the University of Findlay helped build. I wanted to stay there and give them the credit. It means everything to me to see 'Michael Jerrell, University of Findlay' on the screen rather than another school."

And sure enough, there it was on a giant screen at the NFL Draft in Detroit: "Michael Jerrell, OL, Findlay" for the football world to see after the Seahawks made him their eighth and final pick of the weekend.

2:21 p.m.

With the Seahawks not having a seventh-round pick—they sent it to Denver as part of the earlier trade—they are done drafting for the day barring a decision to dip into future picks to get back into the seventh round.

That means it's time for everyone in the room to start turning their attention to what happens after the draft, which is the scramble to sign the top undrafted free agents upon the conclusion of the seventh round.

To get ready for that process, Matt Berry leads the charge as the room is converted, with the draft board being replaced with a board showing the positions and players—if they're not drafted first—that the Seahawks want to target for UDFA signings.

In the back of a room, a smaller, portable white board has a rookie minicamp depth chart that has a lot of open spots that will eventually be filled by UDFA signings and tryout players.

2:25 p.m.

Schneider addresses the room to brief everyone about what is coming up after the draft.

"This is a going to be a blast," he says, referring to the action that is still to come once the seventh round ends. "Let's go."

Go behind the scenes of the Seahawks draft room on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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