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Here’s How Seahawks Can Maximize Limited 2021 Draft Capital

  • The Draft Network
  • March 22, 2021
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The Seattle Seahawks had an interesting free agency week.

First and foremost, they didn’t trade quarterback Russell Wilson, which became a non-zero chance there for a minute with the team listening to offers. But now it seems like Wilson will be with the team for at least the 2021 season. Outside of that, they moved their fifth-round pick for Las Vegas Raiders offensive guard Gabe Jackson, they signed center Ethan Pocic, brought in tight end Gerald Everett, and re-signed running back Chris Carson.

All of those moves, while they didn't move the needle too much, were decent and weren’t too far outside of what we’ve expected from Seattle. Now they can turn their eyes to their draft picks.

And by draft picks I mean three; they have three total draft picks.

As it stands right now, the Seahawks’ picks are as follows:

  • Pick No. 56 in the second round
  • Pick No. 130 in the fourth round
  • Pick No. 252 in the seventh round

That’s it. That’s of ‘em. Thanks for coming. See y’all next year.

Jackson was a good addition, but how in the world are the Seahawks supposed to fix their two offensive tackles, upgrade at center, get a third wide receiver to be reliable with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, improve one of the worst pass rushes in the league, and replace cornerback Shaq Griffin with just three picks—none of which are in the top 50?

Well, I decided to get into the Mock Draft Machine lab and find an ideal blueprint for the Seahawks to take their three draft picks and make an ideal draft haul out of it.


Trade One

Seahawks trade second-round pick (52) and seventh-round pick (250) to Minnesota for three fourth-round picks (119, 125, 134) and a sixth-round pick (199).

For the first trade, my plan was to use that second-round pick to get as many picks in the fourth and fifth rounds as possible. Fortunately, there is a singular team (the Minnesota Vikings) that has three fourth-round picks. I threw in an extra seventh-round pick to get their sixth-round pick, too, which took my total pick number from three to five.

Trade Two

Seahawks trade fourth-round pick (134) and sixth-round pick (199) to Denver for a sixth-round pick (191) and three seventh-round picks (237, 239, 253).

For my next trick, I mean trade, I wanted to load up on seventh-round selections, knowing my superior drafting skills could find some diamonds in the rough at the end of the draft. So I called up the Denver Broncos and told them to give me all three of their seventh-round picks and a sixth-round pick for my lowest fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. This brought my pick total from five to seven, a total number I was now comfortable with.

Trade Three

Seahawks trade fourth-round pick (129) and sixth-round pick (253) to Baltimore for two fifth-round picks (171, 184).

But I wasn’t done. With my final move, I went after the fifth round, since I had three fourth-round picks and no fifth-round picks. So I used my next lowest fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick to get Baltimore’s two fifth-round picks. I moved down 41 spots from the fourth to the fifth round, but moved up 69 spots from the seventh round to the fifth.

With two fourth-round picks, two fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick, and two seventh-round picks, we were ready to draft.


Round Four, Pick 119: D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina

Round Four, Pick 125: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Round Five, Pick 171: Kary Vincent Jr., DB, LSU

Round Five, Pick 184: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State

Round Six, Pick 191: Austin Watkins, WR, UAB

Round Seven, Pick 237: Jordan Scott, IDL, Oregon

Round Seven, Pick 239: Wyatt Hubert, EDGE, Kansas State

I knew that the trenches would be my main focus with my fourth-round picks. As it happened to play out, I had the chance to grab D’Ante Smith and Brady Christensen with my first two picks in the fourth round. This was the youth and upside I needed at offensive tackle. They might not both start in year one, but they could both be starters in years two and three.

After that, I figured I would go edge rusher with my first fifth-round pick, but when Kary Vincent Jr. was there I knew I had to jump in the chance to get that kind of speed in the secondary. I then went with a nice upside pass rusher, Joshua Kaindoh, with my second fifth-round pick. 

As for the sixth- and seventh-round picks, Austin Watkins would give the Seahawks a vertical threat to play on the outside when they want to move Lockett inside on three- and four-wide receiver sets. Then I went back-to-back defensive line selections with Jordon Scott and Wyatt Hubert. Scott brings that big nose tackle presence to the middle of the defense, and Hubert is a high-effort edge player who has experience from both stand-up and hand-in-the-dirt stances.

I tried my best, Seahawks fans. In reality, the Seahawks’ front office is going to have their work cut out for them trying to make an impactful draft class out of just three picks. But if they need some consulting on how to do it, they can always call me.

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