Seahawks first-round pick Germain Ifedi explains celebration

RENTON, Wash. -- When the Seattle Seahawks were on the clock with the 26th pick Thursday night, Germain Ifedi thought it was his time.

But instead of making a selection, general manager John Schneider decided to trade back to No. 31.

"I'm like, 'OK, they want to see how high they can get my blood pressure,' " Ifedi said.

But he finally heard his name called with the final pick in the first round, and Ifedi's crew, which included his brothers and his agent, celebrated from their home in Houston.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen posted video of Schneider calling Ifedi. At one point, Schneider was on the phone asking Ifedi if he was OK because the celebration was in full swing, and he wasn't responding.

"It was a long wait, 30 picks, and if you get that call, you don't know who it's from," Ifedi said. "It could be a bill collector. You don't know. You don't know who's calling you. If it's the wrong person, you might lose it. But it was the right person. I heard John [Schneider], and I jumped out of my seat. I didn't hear the last name. It could have been John anybody. I heard John, I was like, 'It has to be the guy.' It was one of the greatest moments of my life, if not the greatest moment of my life.

"We were all going through it for a while, so we all let out a lot of excitement at that moment."