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Seahawks Had Noah Fant's "Name Written Down" In 2019 NFL Draft
Draft day is a complex series of decisions that each team needs to make in order to get their guy. Regardless of all the planning and care prior to draft day, sometimes teams miss a player by a narrow margin. During the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, a trade between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately shook up the decisions made in Seattle's draft room.
Coincidentally, it's not the first time general manager John Schneider recalls missing out on a tight end out of Iowa by a narrow margin.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, another draft day selection meant a change of plans.
Early in the 5th Round, the Seahawks had reportedly arranged a trade to move up and select tight end George Kittle, but the San Francisco 49ers got there first. Seattle "missed him by a minute," recounted Schneider before the 2018 Week 13 matchup between the division rivals.
Kittle echoed Schneider's account, right down to the minute.
"It was probably a minute before the Niners called me, my agent said, 'Hey, the Seahawks are calling. They said they're trading up to get you,'" Kittle shared on Stacking the Box podcast.
So two years later, it's no surprise that Fant, whose 11 touchdowns during his sophomore season alone eclipsed Kittle's career tally at Iowa, was on Seattle's board.
And they didn't just like him. "Liked-liked," Schneider said about Fant being a draft target. "We had his name written down. It was that close, right? We thought he was coming to us."
But the shakeup in the draft order meant Denver would nab him with the 20th overall pick. With Fant off the board, Seattle ended up trading back from the 21st pick and stocking up on more draft day assets.
Three seasons later than expected, though, Seattle has their guy.
"I ended up here at the right time," Fant said in his first appearance as a Seahawk. "I'm in the right place at the right time and excited to be here, especially with a team and a GM that wants me here. Excited to compete and get to work."
Read more from John Boyle about Fant "striving for more" as he heads into his fourth season in the NFL.
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