After trading down twice and out of the back end of the first round on Thursday night, the Seahawks find themselves in a position to control and dominate day of the 2017 NFL Draft after trading with the Falcons to drop from #26 to #31 and picking up a 3rd round pick (#95) and a 7th (#249) to move back. At #31, they then made a deal with division opponent Santa Clara and picked up an additional 4th round pick (#111) simply to move back three more spots. They now sit at pick #34, the second pick in the 2nd round, and have avoided having to pay a first round bonus and give whoever they take a 5-year deal. This is one of the ways the Seahawks keep their cap managed so successfully while other teams struggle to find room.
So in essence, the Seahawks dropped 8 spots, picked up 3 additional picks and will likely get the player they would have taken at #26 anyway, but without the 1st round cap implications. None of the player selected with picks #26-32 were likely on the Seahawks radar at all. That's what you call drafting like a boss.
With the trades, the Seahawks now have the following picks:
Round 2 - Picks #34 & pick #58.
Round 3 - Picks #90, #95, #102, #106
Round 4 - Pick #111
Round 6 - Pick #210
Round 8 - Picks #226 & #249
Of players thought to be on the Seahawks short list and that make sense from a needs standpoint, they can select from the following group:
25 KEVIN KING CB WASHINGTON
27 CHIDOBE AWUZIE CB COLORADO
28 FORREST LAMP OG WESTERN KENTUCKY
32 CAM ROBINSON OT ALABAMA
42 BUDDA BAKER FS WASHINGTON
The Packers have the first pick in round 2, and while they are fielding calls about trading the pick, it is possible they could snatch one of the players the Seahawks like at #33. They have been most closely connected with Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp. But if they take another player or trade the pick to a team looking for a QB, say Notre Dame's Deshone Kizer or Cal's Davis Webb, the Seahawks will be sitting pretty. If the Packer don't trade the pick, the Seahawks will be fielding the same calls. I think they should resist the temptation.
While it might be tempting to take an OL at #34, to me the bigger need is to add a long-term starter opposite Richard Sherman at outside corner. That translates to Kevin King of the University of Washington, although honestly I'd be satisfied with any of the players on this list for one reason or another. King is a virtual Sherman clone, Lamp can be an instant starter, Robinson will probably eventually be a starting LT, Baker is an ideal nickel/FS part-time starter, and Awuze has a cool Ewok sounding name.
My guess is that if the Packers don't trade out, the Seahawks will, but I hope they stay put and take a DB. Here's my wishlist for the day 2 picks:
Round 2 - 34: KEVIN KING CB WASHINGTON
Round 2 - 58: SIDNEY JONES CB WASHINGTON (yes, you have to wait a year but he's a high 1st round talent.
Round 3 - 90: NICO SIRAGUSA OG SAN DIEGO STATE
Round 3 - 95: JAKE BUTT TE MICHIGAN
Round 3 - 102: CARLOS WATKINS DT CLEMSON
Round 3 - 106: JOE MATHIS DE WASHINGTON
Of course, they'll take none of my guys, but it's nice to dream.