By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks won’t see any immediate benefits from the two draft picks they’re receiving in exchange for quarterback Matt Flynn, but one of them will give Seattle another chance to find a gem in the fifth round.
The Raiders are sending Seattle a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional selection the following year as part of the trade that was announced Monday.
The fifth round has been mostly bountiful for the Seahawks under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, even despite some misses. That’s where Seattle found safety Kam Chancellor in 2010 and cornerback Richard Sherman a year later.
Chancellor is a two-year starter and has a Pro Bowl on his resume. The team is working to sign him to an extension. Sherman was an All-Pro last season and has 12 interceptions in 26 career starts. A case could be made that he’s the NFL’s best cornerback.
The other two players drafted in the fifth round by Seattle’s current regime haven’t panned out. Neither safety Mark LeGree (2011) nor linebacker Korey Toomer (2012) made the team out of training camp the year they were drafted. LeGree is with the Falcons. Toomer was on the practice squad before he was placed on injured reserve. He signed a futures contract with Seattle after the season.
The Seahawks own two fifth-round picks in the upcoming draft.