If you've been following any of the Seahawks' previous six drafts under John Schneider and Pete Carroll, you may have caught wind of the #SeahawksDraftClues the Seattle head coach has dropped on social media as the NFL's annual selection process unfolds.
Carroll introduced the entertaining hashtag on his Twitter account ahead of the 2010 draft, the Seahawks' first with Schneider and Carroll at the helm, when Carroll indicated he'd be tweeting out song titles to serve as hints for players Seattle might select. The initial tracks Carroll tweeted came from the likes of Lil' Wayne, 2-Pac, Santana, The Doors, James Brown, AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynrd, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and more.
Since then, #SeahawksDraftClues have turned into a pre-draft tradition not just for Carroll, but for Seattle's fan base. They've evolved to include more than just song titles, incorporating movie clips, quotes, and comedy sketches in recent seasons. FieldGulls.com even attempted to decipher the pre-draft exercise in a piece dubbed, 'The Carroll Code,' a story which Carroll himself tweeted a reply to, noting the site "might be on to something!"
"This is a big year for clues now, this is a big year," Carroll said alongside Schneider Tuesday during a pre-draft press conference at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "We think we really have it. It's going to be probably the most challenging array of clues we'll give out. I don't know if anybody will be able to get it."
In a tweet posted Tuesday morning, Carroll said #SeahawksDraftClues will be "coming soon," so keep an eye on the head coach's Twitter account (@PeteCarroll) as we get closer to the first round of this year's draft, which is set for 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, April 28.
As for Seattle's general manager Schneider, he joked he worries that Carroll's clues will eventually be cracked.
"It's a very anxious time," Schneider said.
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