John Schneider said the Seahawks had a name in at New York, but were ready and hopeful to trade their pick. Seattle did just that by sending the 32nd overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round pick (40th overall) and a fourth-round pick (108th overall).
"Yeah, we were blessed," Schneider said. "That’s exactly what we were hoping for."
The trade was not a surprise. The Seahawks came into the draft with just six picks and looking to accumulate more. They traded away their third-round pick as part of last season’s trade for Percy Harvin. They traded their seventh-round pick for quarterback Terrelle Pryor in late April.
"We have a number of players that are suitable for this picks that we feel will be suitable at 40 as well," Schneider said. "If somebody comes tomorrow with something we can’t turn down..."
This deal gives the Seahawks two picks in the second round, fourth round and fifth round now. The second round starts at 4 p.m. Friday.
Schneider said five or six teams were interested in trading for the 32nd pick.
Several of Seattle’s possible targets are still available. Offensive linemen like UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo and Virginia’s Morgan Moses were not selected. Pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State and Kony Ealy of Missouri also were not drafted. Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, who has also been linked to the Seahawks, remains an option.
It was the fifth time in the history of the franchise that it did not make a first-round pick. Seattle did not make a first-round selection in 1985, ‘88, ‘07, ‘13. It was also the second consecutive year the Seahawks did not select in the first round.
"It kept our board kind of intact," Schneider said. "You just expect a certain numbers of those as you go, this year there was more. That’s why we felt even better at the end to move back."
Seattle's remaining picks:
Second round: 40 and 64Fourth round: 108, 132Fifth round: 146, 172Sixth round: 208