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Why the Seahawks Won the First Round

russellwilson

Wait a minute. Seattle traded out of the first round, so how can they win the first round? That’s a fair question, friend. Here’s why.

First, despite some significant recent contract extensions to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, Seattle’s salary cap remains in excellent shape. According to Over the Cap, the Seahawks have over $10 million in space remaining this year. But more importantly, they have only $109 million in salary commitments for next season, with no dead money. They should have plenty of room available to extend Russell Wilson.

Second, because the players they ultimately select in this year’s draft will be lower round picks, they’ll have cheaper contracts. Long term salary cap flexibility remains intact.

Third, by trading out of the first, they got multiple draft picks. This is the single best strategy for long term draft success. It’s also a strategy Seattle has used successfully in the past. When draft picks, especially later ones, are essentially lottery tickets, you’re better off having more of them.

Fourth, there are an abundance of talented players available. With two second round picks, #40 and #64 overall, let’s look at Seattle’s options. Here’s the draft order to start Round Two:

33. Houston

34. Washington

35. Cleveland

36. Oakland

37. Atlanta

38. Tampa Bay

39. Jacksonville

40. Seattle

There are only 7 picks before Seattle, and figure there’s a chance that one or more of Houston, Oakland or Tampa Bay selects a QB. So there could be fewer than 7 positional players taken before Seattle’s pick. A lot could happen before their pick at 64, but they’re in line to get two of these guys:

WR TE RB
Allen Robinson Austin Seferian-Jenkins Bishop Sankey
Jordan Matthews Jace Amaro Tre Mason
Davante Adams Troy Niklas Andre Williams
Donte Moncrief C.J. Fiedorowicz Jeremy Hill
Marqise Lee A.C. Leonard Carlos Hyde
Cody Latimer Colt Lyerla Terrance West

To be sure, I don’t think RB is a particular need for the Seahawks. I also didn’t list any linemen or defensive players, of whom there are many solid prospects remaining as well. But you get the idea. The reigning Super Bowl champs are going to get even better.

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