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Why the Seahawks could look to trade out of the first round

The Seattle Seahawks have not made a first-round pick since 2012.

The Jimmy Graham and Percy Harvin trades still are discussed often, and in 2014, the team dealt the No. 32 overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings, who selected Teddy Bridgewater. The Seahawks acquired picks No. 40 (second round) and No. 108 (fourth round) in return. Essentially, they moved back eight spots to pick up an extra fourth-round selection.

And there's reason to believe that general manager John Schneider could be looking to make a similar deal in a couple of weeks.

Asked during a recent interview on 950 AM KJR whether there are some years that it's more beneficial to trade back, Schneider said, "Yeah, absolutely. This is one of those, quite honestly. Now whether or not you’re able to do it, you always have to find a partner, and that can be somewhat difficult throughout the day and throughout the weekend."

Everything that general managers say in April should be taken with a grain of salt, but Schneider offered up sound reasoning.

"This is one of those drafts, just from a numbers standpoint, this is the best draft since we’ve been here," he said. "So since 2010, sheer numbers, we have about 130 or 140 guys on our board. [This year], we’re going to have about 200, which is a lot."

Schneider specified that the number 200 referred to players that the team has graded in the seventh round or higher. His point was that this is a deep class.

The first 25 picks could go in any number of ways, but the idea of the Seahawks moving back is at least worth considering, especially when looking at their areas of need, such as offensive line. If they're interested in a player such as Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi or Indiana's Jason Spriggs, it's possible they could move back into the first half of the second round and pick up an extra selection or two.

Defensive tackle (and specifically, interior pass-rusher) is another position to monitor. The consensus is that this is one of the best groups at that position of all time. If the Seahawks have a number of defensive tackles rated similarly at No. 26, they could look to move back and still get a player they covet.

As for compensation, the 2014 deal is worth referring to. Let's say the Seahawks want to pull the trigger on a deal that still gives them a top-10 pick in the second round, let's say No. 41 overall. That would mean moving down 15 spots. In the Vikings deal, they moved down eight spots and got a fourth-round pick, so that would seem like a good place to start.

In 2013, the New England Patriots traded the 29th overall pick to the Vikings for Nos. 52 (second round), 83 (third round), 102 (fourth round) and 229 (seventh round). That would seem like the high end in terms of compensation, but such a deal would mean missing out on the top 50 players.

Chase Stuart's draft chart on Football Perspective suggests moving from 26 to 41 should net the Seahawks a fifth-round pick (No. 145 overall). The old Jimmy Johnson chart suggests such as move would be worth a third (No. 76).

A win for the Seahawks probably would be an additional fourth and a later pick or just a third -- assuming that they move down no further than 41.

Of course, everything will be based on how badly a team wants to move up, who's available at No. 26 and what the Seahawks are willing to accept.

"There’s different dips and shelves all the way throughout the draft, and this one’s no different from that regard," Schneider said. "But from a pure numbers standpoint, this is a good one."