The Seahawks are pretty tight-lipped about what they might do in the draft, as all teams are. But Seahawks general manager John Schneider made it clear Tuesday what they like to do.
The more picks, the better, and Seattle only has six picks at the moment.
“I think we do a great job throughout the draft of trying to acquire picks and making those decisions along the way,” Schneider said. “We have a track record where I tried to acquire as many picks as we possibly can.
“At the top of the draft, you’re excited about the players, but the further you get into the draft, you wish you had more picks toward the end. There are quality players that you know the coaching staff could work with and coach up. So you always want as many picks as you can.”
With that in mind, don’t be shocked to see the Seahawks try to trade their pick at the end of the first round.
In our live mock draft Tuesday on ESPN.com, I had a deal worked out with Minnesota to give the Vikings Seattle’s pick at No. 32 for their second-round pick at 40 and the third-round pick the Seahawks sent to Minnesota as part of the Percy Harvin trade last year.
However, our Vikings reporter, Ben Goessling, made a last-minute deal with Denver reporter Jeff Legwold to move up to 31, nixing my deal at the last minute.
So I selected UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo in the first round. He fills a clear need for the Seahawks on the offensive line with the player widely-regarded as the second best guard in the draft and a guy who can step in immediately and compete for a starting spot. It’s also possible he could play right tackle after playing a lot at the tackle spot in college, but is generally seen more as a guard in the NFL.
In the real draft Thursday, I still think the Seahawks will trade down if possible, which could depend on how the quarterbacks fall early.
The Seahawks had 11 draft picks last year. This year, the Rams and the 49ers have the most draft picks in the NFC West. St. Louis has 12 picks and San Francisco has 11.
“With all of the picks that the 49ers and Rams have, I hope it will be really confusing for them,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joked on Tuesday.