Corbin Smith

Seahawks Day One NFL Draft Round-Up

Created on May. 09, 2014 1:11 AM EST

Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the first round ended without the Seattle Seahawks making a selection.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider opted to trade the 32nd pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2nd round choice (40th overall) and a 4th round choice (108th overall). The move doesn't come as a major surprise, as Seattle has long been rumored to have interest in trading down in an effort to add picks in later rounds.

The Seahawks appeared to have interest in selecting DL Dominique Easley out of Florida, but the New England Patriots selected him with the 29th overall pick. Once Easley came off the board, the team began to seek trade opportunities to move down, and the Vikings ended up coming with the best offer to trade for the rights to QB Teddy Bridgewater. Schneider hinted that 5-6 teams expressed interest in moving up to 32, but Minnesota seemed the best fit based on return value and a past working relationship. Remember, Percy Harvin came to Seattle via trade from the Vikings last March for a first round pick, so this isn't the first time these two franchises have done business.

I was a bit surprised to see Schneider pass up on the opportunity to draft standout WR Marqise Lee out of USC with the 32nd pick, but I understand why Seattle decided to move back. The team only had six selections for this draft, and more importantly, many of the players who seemed like fits at the end of the first round will still be available when the second round kicks off tomorrow. The Seahawks are hedging their bets on being able to pick two high quality players in the second round while also having an extra selection available on Saturday.

Considering Schneider's success picking in later rounds in the past, that might be the perfect strategy in one of the deepest drafts in years. It will be interesting to see who ends up joining the defending champions in a second round that should have similar intensity to tonight's opening round.
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