It’s not something we’ve really considered thus far. And with good reason.
This is an excellent draft class, bolstered by 98 underclassmen.
There’s depth at the positions Seattle will probably target (offensive line, receiver).
With some of the old guard moving on, we’re getting an insight into the future.
Re-load. Re-tool. Almost re-build certain units within the team.
You keep your key players, as we saw with Michael Bennett. We’ll see it with Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson too.
But you make sacrifices elsewhere.
Giving up multiple picks to get one player doesn’t make sense.
It’s the kind of move Atlanta pulled in 2011 to get Julio Jones. They were chasing a ring.
Seattle’s already reached the top of the mountain.
Now it’s all about staying there.
So before we even get into this piece I’ll admit — trading up is very unlikely.
The Seahawks need as many picks as possible because this year is just the start.
Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini…
Even more will walk next year.
And they’ll need to be replaced.
The Seahawks will always be somewhat active in free agency, looking for bargains.
But predominantly they’ll lean on the draft.
A year after making a bold trade for Percy Harvin for multiple picks, a similar move this year seems unlikely.
But we’ll have the debate anyway.
Let’s look at the scenario where this could have some benefit to Seattle, however unlikely.
There are three reasons I think you consider moving up in any draft:
1 — an opportunity arises to secure one of the top prospects in the draft
2 — you have an opportunity to address a major need (eg moving up for a quarterback)
3 — you leapfrog another team to secure a player you couldn’t leave the draft without
I don’t believe the Seahawks need to consider #2 and #3.
Really, for me, it comes down to scenario #1.
Will there be an opportunity to get one of the top players in the draft, at a price you can justify?
There could be more opportunities to trade up this year than ever before. Asking prices should come down because picks in this draft are like gold dust. It’s such a good class.
There are teams within the top-15 who might be willing to take a drop of 10-15 spots simply to acquire another second rounder. Two really good players for the price of one.
For the Seahawks to move up, they’d have to hope there’s a team prepared to accept what constitutes a ‘bargain’ deal for extra stock.
I think the maximum amount they’d be willing to invest is the #32 and #64 pick in 2014. To make a substantial move they’d probably have to throw in some 2015 stock too, maybe as much as a second or third rounder.
I’m not convinced they’d be interested in spending two first rounders — but they might not need to.
Within the top-15 there’s one potential trade partner who might be open to a big move down the board.
Minnesota at #8.
The Vikings need a quarterback but Rick Spielman is already talking up his interest in moving down.
Spielman: “I really, really think we’re going to do a lot of movement in the draft.”
Here’s why I think Minnesota would at least consider a substantial move down the board:
— New offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes a certain type of quarterback — a big pocket passer with a decent arm. Bortles is really the only one of the big three who fits the bill, and everyone expects him to go first overall to Houston. Minnesota might target Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberger or even Logan Thomas later on. Matt Cassel’s return after originally cancelling his own contract suggests he feels he’ll get a chance to start in 2014. So they might not be thinking quarterback in the top ten, increasing the chances they’re at least willing consider a trade.
— If the Vikings aren’t taking a quarterback at #8, who are they going to take? They have a top-five pick at left tackle, a first round receiver, a first round three technique, a first round corner. All drafted in the last two years. They might see value in quantity over quality.
— After Minnesota and Tennessee, there really aren’t any teams in the first round you’d say are obvious landing spots for quarterbacks apart from Cleveland. And if Houston and Oakland address their need in the top-five, they might feel pretty comfortable dropping down substantially to target ‘their guy’.
— Spielman is a dealer. Aside from his trade with Seattle for Percy Harvin last year, he also moved back into the first round to get Cordarrelle Patterson. In 2012 he managed to dupe the Browns into swapping picks so that they could secure Trent Richardson. He makes trades.
Would they be interested in a deal that gives them the #32 and #64 picks to go along with their own #40 pick?
If you throw in a 2015 second or third rounder for good measure will it sweeten the deal? It really comes down to their willingness to trade and the other possible offers on the table.
They already have Seattle’s third round pick this year because of the Harvin deal. If our example here comes off, in the first two days of the draft they’d have the following picks in 2014: #32, #40, #64, #72 and #96.
They’d get five players in the top-100.
It’d be a good deal for the Seahawks in terms of perceived value to move up. Yet in a great draft full of talent, it’d give the Vikings a real chance to get better very quickly — while still addressing that quarterback need.
Again, I’m not saying a deal is likely. I’m just throwing out a scenario that might have some value for both teams.
If the trade was completed, the Seahawks could then target a player like Mike Evans at #8.
In this scenario you’re relying on finding offensive line depth from round four onwards. This is perhaps another reason why such a deal appears fanciful. Being able to go OL-WR or WR-OL in the first two rounds make so much sense.
Getting Evans would be a major boost to the offense. But do you really want to wait until round four at the earliest to add some much needed depth to the O-line?
You could argue Seattle appears comfortable allowing Tom Cable to go digging for diamonds. There’s every chance Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey take on bigger roles in 2014 — so hunting for depth in the later rounds wouldn’t be a disaster if you’re talking about finding backups.
But it just might be that they see a greater urgency to bolster this unit having lost an established starter (Giacomini) and some depth (McQuistan — although technically he could return).
Evans would be a perfect fit in Seattle’s offense. He’s competitive, he wins at the red line and he’s spent the last two years working with a scrambling quarterback.
That experience with Johnny Manziel puts him in a unique category. He already knows what to expect — and his instinct to work back to the quarterback would be a major asset playing with Russell Wilson.
Athletically there’s a lot to like too. He’s tall (6-4), long (35 1/8 inch arms), fast (4.53) and he can jump (37 inch vertical). He had 1394 receiving yards in 2013 alone with 12 touchdowns.
He’s legitimately among the best players in a great draft. A Vincent Jackson-style receiver. Who wouldn’t want a 20-year-old version of Jackson on their roster?
And don’t you just know Pete Carroll watched this game and salivated over what he could do in his offense…
Is a trade for Evans likely?
I don’t think it will happen. I doubt Carroll and John Schneider even consider it.
But if there’s one scenario where it’s even 2% possible, this might be it.
I just wouldn’t get your hopes up though.
Henry Melton set to join Dallas
Meanwhile one player who definitely won’t be joining the Seahawks is defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Cowboys and DT Henry Melton are putting finishing touches on a multi-year deal, according to a source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2014
It had to be a multi-year contract. The Cowboys don’t have enough cap room to sign a short-term ‘prove it’ deal.
And they likely threw a ton of back-loaded money at Melton to ensure they actually have a defensive line in 2014.
It’ll be interesting to see what Jared Allen decides to do now…
One more Cowboys note: DE Jared Allen unlikely to sign with Dallas after visiting today, per source. Other teams in play. Still developing.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 19, 2014
Seahawks I’m told might just offer Jared Allen $4 million for one year.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 19, 2014
@JaredAllen69 super bowl again
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) March 19, 2014