Wheeling & dealing sets up ‘a fun weekend’

NFL draftAs usual, the Seahawks’ draft will start on Day 2. If it seems like we say that every year, it’s because it has been that way in four of the past five drafts.

It’s not a bad way to do business at the bottom of the draft. Like last year, John Schneider & Co. did very well Thursday. Dropping just eight spots, they added another third-rounder, a high fourth and a seventh.

The Hawks have a league-high six picks today — the most Day 2 selections they have had under Schneider — and they have seven of the next 78 picks overall (counting the fourth pick in the fourth round).

As Schneider said, “It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Pete Carroll said the Seahawks “didn’t feel like we lost a player” while moving down eight spots in those two trades, so the Hawks still have plenty of players at the top of their board.

Now they have a ton of flexibility. They can move down again; they can stay at 34 and maybe move up from 58; they can move up in the third.

At the very least, they should come out of the day with five players. The big question: Which five?

Among the Day 2 players they have spent time with are Connecticut SS Obi Melifonwu, Michigan State DT Malik McDowell, Washington FS Budda Baker, Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley, Cal QB Davis Webb, Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon and Alabama DE Tim Williams.

They obviously are looking at secondary help in the second and third rounds. Eight guys from the UW, Colorado and Florida secondaries probably will be drafted today, with Baker and Witherspoon joined by Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, Washington CB Kevin King and Sidney Jones and Florida S Marcus Maye, CB Quincy Wilson and CB Teez Tabor. The Seahawks could come away with a couple of those guys.

Two of the top four offensive linemen also are still available. Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp likely would step right in at left guard (and a better pick than Alabama OT Cam Robinson, who seems like James Carpenter 2.0).

The Hawks also want an inside rusher. McDowell is the top guy, but does he have “Seattle grit”? The next group of interior rushers includes Michigan’s Chris Wormley, Charlotte’s Larry Ogunjobi, Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker and Clemson’s Carlos Watkins. The Seahawks seem likely to come away with one of those guys.

There also are a bunch of outside rushers and some skill players, including East Carolina WR Zay Jones — rumored to be on Seattle’s Day 2 board.

Because the Hawks could go so many different ways, odds are they will drop down into the 40s — as they did in 2012 (Bobby Wagner) and 2014 (Paul Richardson).

And then the picking will begin.

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