Move down fails and Hawks make another surprise Day 1 pick

Draft logo 2020The Seahawks did it again: Drafted a Day 2 guy on Day 1. What else is new?

We figured they would take a linebacker, but thought they would trade down first and go for Wisconsin’s Zack Baun in Round 2.

They did indeed try to move down, John Schneider said, but Green Bay backed out of a deal. And Schneider had no one else on the line, so he stayed put for the first time since 2011 — and drafted a different linebacker, Jordyn Brooks of Texas Tech.

By The Athletic’s composite big board, it was a 55-pick reach. Brooks said he wasn’t surprised to go in the first round (despite what analysts projected), but he was surprised Seattle took him. Like Rashaad Penny in 2018 and L.J. Collier in 2019, this was more of the same Seattle surprises.

Some compare Brooks to Bobby Wagner, who was a perfectly valued second-round pick in 2012. Brooks said he idolizes Wagner, and the Seahawks’ defensive captain looked to reach out to Brooks immediately.

As usual, Pete Carroll is winging it about where his top pick will fit. Maybe he’ll know by midseason.

“We’ve got good players inside that we love,” Carroll said. “We love Bobby and K.J. (Wright) and what they’ve done, and we’re going to give this guy a chance to see where he can fit in. We’ll work the competition so that we can uncover exactly what’s best, and really he’s got a chance to be fighting for playing time right away.

Anyone speculating this pick will lead to the release of Wright is mistaken. Wright is coming off one of his best seasons and the Hawks can pull any money for a veteran pass rusher from the expected release of Justin Britt and other moves. Wright will play for Seattle one more season.

The Seahawks have used quarterbacks to move down in the first round a couple of times in the last few years — Paxton Lynch with Denver in 2016 and Teddy Bridgewater with Minnesota in 2014 — but it didn’t work this time.

The Packers wanted Utah State QB Jordan Love, and GM Brian Gutekunst was talking to Seattle and Miami (which sat at 26 after a deal with Minnesota). The Dolphins apparently gave Gutekunst the better offer. Schneider had no other trade-down options, something that surprised him, so he had to make the pick.

Denver was trying to move into the bottom of the first round, from 46, but John Elway apparently did not call Seattle. Too bad. That could have been a perfect drop, perhaps giving Seattle a couple of third-rounders.

“I was very surprised,” Schneider said of the lack of deals (there were just four). “I thought that more people would do things.”

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