John Schneider may be “back in the draft,” but he still has a bunch of maneuvering to do.
He has just two picks today and needs to try to turn that into three or four. You know he wants to, because he previously mentioned there is a big drop in talent from Round 3 to Round 4.
Seattle has selections 37 and 92 — along with four fourths, two fifths and a bevy of 2020 picks — and should be able to move around.
Schneider should stay put at 37 — a move down would merely net another fifth-rounder. Then he should make a move to get into the bottom of the second round; Picks 92, 114 and 118 should be plenty.
Then Schneider could trade one of his two 2020 seconds to get back into the third. That would give him three Day 2 picks and leave him four Day 3 slots (two fourths, two fifths), plus 11 projected selections in 2020 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7).
Amid all of those moves, what should the Seahawks look for today?
Pretty much all of the defensive backs and receivers are still available, and there are some top linemen as well. The Seahawks could go with any of those positions.
Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown, Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Delaware safety Nasir Adderley seem like good options for 37.
If Schneider moves into the back half of the second round, as he should, he could pick up another pass rusher — perhaps Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, Alabama’s Christian Miller or Iowa’s Anthony Nelson.
Here are other Day 2 guys the Hawks have shown interest in: S Juan Thornhill (Virginia), S Taylor Rapp (Washington), WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State), CB Sean Bunting (Central Michigan), CB Justin Layne (Michigan State), DE D’Andre Walker (Georgia), TE Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M), CB Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky).