If Pete Carroll’s club plays the 49ers as well as John Schneider did in April, the Seahawks should have an easy time of it Sunday. Of course, neither side will have any of the players drafted with the picks from that first-round trade.
As you might recall, Schneider strung along the 49ers as they repeatedly tried to trade back into the first round to get linebacker Reuben Foster.
Schneider ended up parlaying Seattle’s first-round pick into five players, the deal with the 49ers eventually netting Malik McDowell, Tedric Thompson and Mike Tyson.
As it turns out, none of the players drafted out of that deal are expected to play Sunday — McDowell recovering from his ATV accident, Foster out with an ankle injury, Tyson on Seattle’s practice squad and Thompson likely to be inactive again.
It was great draft jockeying by Schneider, but we just won’t know how it will all turn out for a while. It was Seattle’s bad luck that McDowell hurt himself just before training camp and might never play again. Schneider made another big trade to replace him, getting Sheldon Richardson from the Jets.
The best pick from Schneider’s three draft trades down from No. 26 was probably the last pick: seventh-round running back Chris Carson. He and third-rounder Delano Hill were the players Seattle drafted off the initial trade with the Falcons. Hill was inactive with a shoulder injury in Week 1, while Carson started against the Packers and led the Seahawks with 39 yards on six runs.
Even with Thomas Rawls returning this week, Carson figures to remain a big part of the offense — probably starting again. Then it will be up to Rawls to prove he deserves more carries than Eddie Lacy.
The Seahawks have beaten the 49ers in Seattle for five straight years, by an average margin of 20 points. The Hawks will have to find their running game and get a couple of takeaways if they are going to blow out the Niners again.