Pete Carroll spent the first day of the draft joking about the Seahawks’ first-round pick.
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 30, 2015
He even stopped in the media room at VMAC and cracked to reporters, “Don’t tell anyone but we’re taking a tight end.”
Obviously, the Seahawks consider Jimmy Graham their first-round pick — they sent the 31st overall selection to New Orleans along with center Max Unger for Graham and a fourth-rounder.
It was one of the best picks of the first round, which was one of the least intriguing in years — just two trades.
And now the Hawks’ draft will begin, with 11 picks from the 63rd to the 248th.
There are plenty of talented players left, with lots of receivers, linemen (both sides), running backs, corners and linebackers expected to go in the second and third rounds.
Assuming the Hawks don’t make a move up — and there seems no reason to do that in this draft — they should end up with their choice of a few linemen (offensive or defensive) or a pass rusher.
Based on Dane Brugler’s second-round mock draft, the Hawks would be able to choose from D-tackles Grady Jarrett, Michael Bennett and Xavier Cooper; O-linemen Ty Sambrailo, Tre Jackson, Daryl Williams or Hroniss Grasu; or edge rushers Nate Orchard, Lorenzo Mauldin, Davis Tull or Hau’oli Kikaha.
As we pointed out before, it seems like a perfect trade-down scenario for John Schneider, who could net a fifth-rounder for dropping about 10 spots.
That would make fans wait even longer for the Hawks’ first pick, but there certainly won’t be much waiting Saturday, when the Hawks will have at least nine picks.