Nobody can say they didn’t see this one coming. A team known for moving back in the first round under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks once again moved back from the 18th pick, sending that pick to the Green Bay Packers.
In return, the Seahawks received a later first-round pick, No. 27 overall, a third-rounder (76 overall), and a sixth-rounder (186). The Seahawks also sent a seventh-round pick (248) to Green Bay to complete the deal.
The Seahawks used the 18th pick on Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The move makes sense for Seattle not just because of their recent history—they last used their original first-rounder in 2011—but also because they were heading into this year with no picks on Day 2 of the draft, something they rectified with this move.
Prior to the draft, Schneider made no secret of the fact that he’d like to find a way to add picks, particularly on Day 2, calling it a “fun challenge.”
“I don’t know how it stacks up with other clubs or anything, but we take a lot of pride in our relationships with other clubs where we can just call somebody up real quick and make a deal to move around so that maybe we’re moving up to get somebody or maybe moving back to acquire two guys, possibly three,” Schneider said. “Yeah, I wish we had a second-rounder and a third-rounder but we went for it (trading those picks away), so here we are and now we’ve got to figure it out. It’s a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge.”
With that move, the Seahawks currently hold nine picks in the draft:
Round 1: 27 overall
Round 3: 76
Round 4: 120
Round 5: 141, 146, 156, 168
Round 6: 186
Round 7: 226
Earlier in Thursday's first round, two of Seattle's NFC West rivals added offensive help. First, the San Francisco 49ers took Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth pick, and that move that was followed by the Cardinals trading up to get the 10th pick from Oakland, a pick Arizona used on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, a potential long-term solution at that position for a team that had its longtime starter, Carson Palmer, retire this offseason.
Seahawks 2018 NFL Draft: Day 1
Go inside the Seahawks draft room during Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.