By trading back in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, the Seahawks didn't just add an extra third-round pick in a deep draft, they also set up what could be a wild half hour in their draft room.
The Seahawks already had two third-round picks close together heading into the draft, No. 90 overall, which was their original third-rounder, and also the 97th pick, which is a compensatory pick. But by moving back from No. 26 to No. 31 on Thursday, Seattle added Denver's third-round pick, No. 94 overall, which means that unless the Seahawks make a trade, they'll pick three times in a span of eight picks after also making a second-round pick at No. 56 overall.
"It's going to be a blast," general manager John Schneider said.
Added head coach Pete Carroll: "It'll be great. We'll be rolling for a while there, it'll be fun."
Of course, there's always the chance things could change, as Schneider pointed out, saying, "If we pick there, right?"
Depending on how the draft falls, the Seahawks could always decide to trade one or more of those third rounders, perhaps to acquire more late-round picks, or perhaps to move up for the right player. While the Seahawks have traded back to add picks far more often than they have moved up, they are willing to trade up for the right player, as they showed on Day 2 of the draft last year when they gave up third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round pick to move up in the third round to take Tyler Lockett.
Adding an extra third-rounder was especially appealing to the Seahawks this year because they feel like this is one of the deepest drafts in recent years.
"It's huge for us picking three times in the third round," Schneider said. "We pick at 56 tomorrow, we have nine more picks, that's really exciting for us. We feel like it's a solid draft all the way through."
One reason the Seahawks feel so comfortable moving back in the draft year after year is the way Schneider is able to read the draft and predict what's coming. The Seahawks moved back five picks Thursday knowing there was a risk of missing out on a quality player, but they also moved back confident they would get someone they really liked, which happened when they took Texas A&M tackle Germain Ifedi.
"It does take confidence in understanding who's going to go where and all that kind of stuff that John is great at," Carroll said. "Again, we exercised that beautifully today. We get another pick in really the meat part of this draft based on really the same confidence that we've had in years past."
The second round gets going at 4 p.m. PT, and things will progress a little faster than they did in Round 1, when teams had 10 minutes to make their selections. In Round 2, teams have seven minutes to make a pick, while in Round 3 they have just five. If the second and third round progress similarly to how they did a year ago, the third round should wrap up shortly after 8 p.m.
Here's what the Seahawks' picks look like as of now if they don't make additional moves:
Round 1 | Pick 31 | No. 31 overall: OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
Round 2 | Pick 25 | No. 56 overall
Round 3 | Pick 27 | No. 90 overall
Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 94 overall (from Denver)
Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 97 overall*
Round 4 | Pick 26 | No. 124 overall
Round 5 | Pick 34 | No. 171 overall*
Round 6 | Pick 40 | No. 215 overall*
Round 7 | Pick 4 | No. 225 overall (from Dallas)
Round 7 | Pick 26 | No. 247 overall
* - Compensatory Pick (compensatory picks cannot be traded)
Approximately 2,000 Seahawks Season Ticket Holders gathered at CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks 2016 NFL Draft party presented by CenturyLink.