“ Were ready to compete, “ Seahawks Pete Carroll on upcoming NFL Draft.

The Seahawks draft team led by General Manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll is rearing to go. During Tuesday evening’s media conference. Schneider and Carroll gave minor insight on the status of preparations for Thursdays NFL Draft.

Here are some quick takeaways from the call.

PICKS TO MOVE

With seven picks in hand, it is anyone’s guess which way the Seahawks will go on Thursdays. It’s been eight years since Seattle used its original first-round pick. In 2011 the team used their 25th overall pick on Tackle James Carpenter. The Seahawks were able to land all of their offensive line targets during the offseason. The result is 18 offensive lineman heading into draft day. Pretty safe bet the Seahawks will not their first-round draft on an O-lineman.

Pete Carroll on offensive line competition

FAMILIARITY ADVANTAGE

This will be the 11th draft that Schneider and Carroll have presided over the Seahawks draft board. The chemistry between Schneider and Carroll will play a huge advantage during the draft process.   The COVID-19 Pandemic has turned Thursdays Night annual showcase into virtual reality. Prior to the Pandemic, the draft was scheduled to be in Las Vegas with all of its sparkle and glitter. Now draft-day war rooms will be at each General Manager house rather than the team facility. Being of the same mind will be paramount for success in this year’s draft.

Chemistry playing a big role in draft process

WILL WE HAVE FOOTBALL IN SEPTEMBER

NFL teams have been given the green light to hold virtual team activities starting April 27th. Normally teams would hold a rookie minicamp that is followed by Organize Team Activities. Training Camp would follow the OTA’s. With an uncertain future, Schneider and Carroll are focused on the draft and Monday’s workouts.

What happens after the draft

NOTABLE SEAHAWKS DRAFTED AFTER FIRST ROUND

The Seahawks like any other team have a plan going into the draft. What separates the Seahawks from other teams is the emphasis on the third, fourth and fifth rounds. Schneider and Carroll believe players drafted in those rounds are the backbone of a winning team. The first two rounds will go according to plan except for one or two surprises.

NOTABLE SEAHAWKS DRAFTED AFTER FIRST ROUND

2nd ROUND

Bobby Wagner(47th)2012

Justin Britt(64) 2014

Frank Clark(63rd) 2015

DK Metcalf ( 64 2019

3rd ROUND

Russell Wilson (75) 2012

Tyler Lockett( 87) 2015

Shaquill Griffin ( 90th) 2017

Cody Barton (88th) 2019

4th ROUND

Tedric Thompson (111) 2017

Will Dissly (120) 2018

Phil Haynes(124) 2018

Ugo Amadi (132) 2019

5TH ROUND

Kam Chancellor (127) 2010

Richard Sherman (154) 2011

Luke Willson (158) 2013

Alex Collins (171) 2016

Shaquem Griffin (141) 2018

Tre Flowers (146) 2018

Michael Dickson (149) 2018

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