July 16, 2024


The Seattle Seahawks are smack dab in the middle of the NFL Draft order at pick 16. They do not have a second-round pick due to the Leonard Williams trade, and gave up one of their third-rounders to the Washington Commanders, so they’re currently slated to have just two selections in the top 100.

It’s been six years since the Seahawks last traded down in the first round of the draft. John Schneider moved from No. 18 (where the Green Bay Packers selected Jaire Alexander) to No. 27 to select running back Rashaad Penny. Since then, Seattle has stood pat with its top pick.

NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter recently wrote a column on six logical first-round trades, and the Seahawks are involved. Reuter suggests a swap between Seattle and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, giving Seattle a second-round pick and an extra pick next year. Schneider might welcome this deal because he traded his second-round pick to the Giants for defensive lineman Leonard Williams last fall. Even after moving down 16 slots, Schneider could still find a new starting offensive lineman (Cooper Beebe or Jackson Powers-Johnson), defensive lineman (Braden Fiske or Jer’Zahn Newton) or linebacker (Edgerrin Cooper, Trevin Wallace or Payton Wilson) late in the first. Schneider may have interest in the 2025 third-round pick Kansas City received from Tennessee in the L’Jarius Sneed trade, having already dealt next year’s fifth-rounder in the Williams trade.

I feel like it’s in Seattle’s best interests to trade down and find a route back into the second round, although I’d probably angle for  (EDIT: Apologies! It’s Tennessee’s 2025 third-rounder, in which case it’s likely to be better value than KC’s, so it’s fine!). I’d be surprised if the Chiefs wanted to move that high up in the draft to (presumably) take a wide receiver, but anything in which the Seahawks can take part in Round 2 is preferable.

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