Once again, the NFL is flocking to Indiana for the NFL Scout Factory.
The main prospects of the future draft attract the most attention. They fall on podiums with cameras and questionnaires in five deep below them across the floor of the Indiana Convention Center. These blue chips get on national television to broadcast their 40-yard runs. They endlessly discuss the size of their hands as if it means something.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider? They and their Seahawks staff are in Indianapolis this week with no choice in the first round of a future draft.
Because of Schneider’s propensity to choose to trade up, down and around each draft – 30 draft deals in 12 years – Seattle did without a choice in the first round on the last two drafts. The Seahawks have had no choice in the first round for six of the last 10 years.
Seahawks fans don’t appreciate the reminder that their team will get 10th overall in next month’s draft, but Seattle exchanged their first-round picks in 2021 and 22 for the New York Jets to acquire security Jamal Adams. Carol and Schneider like to say that Adams is their choice in the first round, that he is better and more polished than any of the best newcomers from the last two drafts.
This year, the Seahawks have six options, which is twice as many as in 2021. It is planned that the first choice will be the 41st place in the overall standings in the second round. The only round in which Seattle has several choices is the fourth.
While major prospects are attracting attention in Indianapolis, Carol, Schneider and their Seahawks headquarters are looking for the depth of the draft – and its information. The Seahawks will hold the plant for a week, gathering intelligence from across the league on teams to trade with before and during the draft. This is in addition to the estimates of Seattle’s medical staff plus the 15-minute interviews that the Seahawks will conduct with players, most of whom will take place in the next rounds.
Seattle is coming out of season 7-10, the biggest loss since 2009. It was the last season before the late owner Paul Allen hired Carol from the USC and then made Schneider the first NFL grandmaster in January 2010.
The basic needs of the Seahawks in this future draft are similar to the needs of most teams that did not reach the playoffs last season, and even many that passed:
- Go run
- Offensive selections
Carol is scheduled to speak to the media at the plant on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Schneider’s talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday. The News Tribune will be there in Indianapolis for their comments.
Many call-up analysts consider this year a strong, deep class for those who miss the pass.
Seahawks are generally considered every year to be a strong, deep class for drivers.
Carol and Schneider have selected 15 fired men in their 12 drafts, seven of them since 2016. They have used choices in the first or second round on the Rascher pass three times in the last five years: Malik McDowell in 2017, LJ Collier in 2019 and Darrell Taylor in 2020.
Four times Carol and Schneider’s first choice in the Seahawks draft was a pass: McDowell, Collier, Frank Clark in 2015 and Bruce Irwin in 2012.
But recently they have failed at this key location.
McDowell never played a game for Seattle. He suffered a mysterious accident on ATVs with serious head injuries in front of a training camp for beginners in the summer of 2017.
For the first three seasons, Collier has yet to come close to choosing in the first round as a backup defensive and hybrid pick in the depths of Seattle’s rotation.
Taylor, the team’s second-round pick in 2020, missed the entire rookie season after leg surgery. Last season, his speed often blocked the opponent’s offensive selections from the edge. He had 6 1/2 bags. He showed why the Seahawks took him away despite a stressful leg fracture at the University of Tennessee.
Carlos Dunlep had 8 1/2 bags, despite the fact that Carol and fired defense co-ordinator Ken Norton Jr. canned the now 33-year-old veteran in November and December. He and Taylor were the only threats of pressure on quarterbacks from seven Seattle defenders.
That’s why the Seahawks made just 18 turns in 17 games in 2021. It was the smallest takeaway of the season in team history.
New coordinator Clint Hurt made it clear last month that his team needed more Taylors.
“One thing that will be significantly different this year, we will be aggressive,” said Hurt.
“Aggression should come from our guys who chase the passerby.”
Many draft analysts have three of the top 12 players in this class as operators. This spring in the first round could be half a dozen pass-rushes, or even more.
Because of this, as well as the fact that the modern NFL is putting pressure on quarterbacks, what many see as a pass that is in the top 50 of this draft may be unavailable to Seattle in 41st place overall. . One example is Drake Jackson of USC.
The long, fast Maiji Sanders of Cincinnati, 6 feet 4 3/8 inches tall, may be available to Seattle in the first 10 second round elections.
This is not the end of the Seahawks’ purchase. Nine of the 15 passes that Carol and Schneider drafted to Seattle came in the fourth round or later.
The three best Seahawks selections in 2020 and 21 are no longer eligible for the contract.
The team would like to re-sign Dwayne Brown. He said he wants to stay and even retire in Seattle.
In January, Brown said he would consider staying on annual contracts.
“I’m Not Against That,” a four-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro 2012 selection said at the end of his 14th season in the league, the last 4 1/2 of the Seahawks.
He will turn 37 before the start of next season.
The market for proven offensive selections in a free agency is similar to drivers in defense: hot and rich. Even in his old age, another team may offer Brown a long-term deal that the Seahawks may not want to do.
Even if they retain the Brown, the Seahawks need more and better offensive species. Brendan Shell, who has started on the right in the last two seasons, will also be exploring the free agency when the market officially opens on March 16th. Hamarka Jones, a Seattle reservist who has played both left and right, is also a free agent.
Seahawks last year did Stone Forsythe The 10th offensive battle they prepared under the leadership of Carol and Schneider. The idea was that the choice in the sixth round would be Brown’s backup for 2021 and then possibly a replacement. But 6-8 Forsythe did not show the coaches that he was ready to take the job from the left selection.
Last year, four offensive qualifiers took place in the first round of the draft. At least that many are likely to go to the first round this year.
Russell Okung, the first choice of the Carol-Schneider era in 2010, and Germain Ifedy in 2016 – these are the only times in 12 checkers when Seattle used its best choice in offensive rebounds.
Six of the 10 selections that Carol and Schneider chose were in the fourth round or later.
Much has been done with Carroll’s failures by importing veterans of free agents as defenders: Carrie Williams, Quinton Dunbar, Jamar Taylor, Anthony Winfield and others.
Most know that Carol loves her “homegrown” corner defenders in her unique, Technique “step kick” Seahawks: Byron Maxwell (Seattle’s sixth-round pick in 2011), Jeremy Lane (sixth-round, 2012), Shaquille Griffin (third-round, 2017), Tre Flowers (fourth-round, 2018) and most famous Richard Sherman (fifth-round, 2011) .
However, Carol and Schneider did not select any corner defenders in the first or second round for Seattle. Eight of their nine corners were selected in rounds four through seven. The exception is Griffin, an instant starter of the Seahawks, who signed a contract with Jacksonville last year.
The Seahawks used one of the franchise’s record-low three of their franchises in last year’s draft against corner defender Tre Brown. Brown missed most of his freshman season with injury, but coaches love him. He could be the starting lineup in 2022 against DJ Reed. The starting right corner defender, from the safety of Quandre Diggs, is the team priority free agents re-sign this month.