BRADY HENDERSON

What would Doug Baldwin do with the 26th pick if he were the Seahawks’ GM?

Apr 26, 2016, 11:29 AM | Updated: Apr 27, 2016, 2:20 pm
Danny O'Neil says there could still be roadblocks to extending Doug Baldwin's contract. (AP)...
Danny O'Neil says there could still be roadblocks to extending Doug Baldwin's contract. (AP)
(AP)

Maybe Doug Baldwin was just giving a politically-correct answer when asked what he would do with the 26th pick if he were Seattle’s general manager. After all, it could come across as a slight to some teammates if Baldwin, a wide receiver, said the Seahawks should address any specific position with their first-round pick.

Then again, he offered some sound reasoning while explaining why he would trade back in an interview that is set to air Thursday on “Justin and Gee.”

More Seahawks draft content

“In the GM-world terms, we call it the shelves of talent,” Baldwin said, sounding like Seattle’s actual general manager, John Schneider. “There’s not a big drop-off of talent in those first three rounds. So you can actually go back – if somebody’s willing to trade up – you can (go) back and get a few more picks and still be in that top shelf of talent…”

As we noted last week while examining the Seahawks’ options at No. 26, seven of the nine pick-for-pick draft trades Seattle has made under Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have been to move back. The Seahawks have done so twice in the first round.

The case for Seattle doing it again this year, as Baldwin mentioned, is based on the overall quality of this class of players. Schneider recently told Sports Radio 950 KJR that in his view, this is the best draft since 2010. So in theory, the Seahawks might be able to trade back a few spots, acquire some additional selections and still end up with a player they would have considered at No. 26.

Mandates for Seahawks WRs

Baldwin’s conversation with Scott included a question about the pre-requisites for playing wide receiver in Seattle’s run-first offense.

“The first thing the receivers have to know is that they’re not going to get the ball as much as they think they’re going to get it,” Baldwin said. “And you’re going to have to learn how to block. In order for you to play receiver here in Seattle, you’re going to have to learn how to block.

“A lot of guys, they come in and they don’t have that mentality that, ‘OK, I’ve got to go down and crack this safety so that Marshawn (Lynch) or Thomas Rawls can bounce to the outside … Guys don’t have that mentality. It is hard to get it; I will say that. But as a receiver, a rookie receiver coming in, they have to have that mindset. They have to acquire it quick or they’re not going to survive.”

Baldwin’s draft experience

Baldwin also recalled his own draft-day experience in 2011, which wasn’t a positive one. He thought he would be drafted, perhaps as early as the fourth round, but wasn’t. That led to what he called a “devastating” time in his life.

“There was a lot of emotion because football has been my thing since I was 6 years old,” he said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. And we were in the lockout year, so after the draft was over, none of the teams could talk to us.”

In any other year, Baldwin may have been signed minutes after the conclusion of the draft. But the labor dispute disrupted the usual order of business. It wasn’t until the lockout ended just days before the start of training camp that he signed with the Seahawks. There was three months of anxiety in between.

“I’m sitting there, undrafted, no interest because no teams had called me because they couldn’t, and I’m about to graduate and I don’t have a job,” Baldwin recalled. “So I was worried, man. I started applying to different jobs in the area. My best friend at Stanford, he helped me get an interview with Dropbox at the time. I was searching. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was lost.”

Brady Henderson

Rees Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick, will compete with Matt Tobin to start at left tackle. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Tom Cable: Rees Odhiambo, Matt Tobin are Seahawks’ preferred LT options

Tom Cable brought a bit of clarity to the Seahawks' plans at left tackle in the wake of George Fant's season-ending knee injury, saying Tuesday that Rees Odhiambo and newcomer Matt Tobin are the top two options.
4 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks injury updates: George Fant set for surgery, K.J. Wright returns

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that left tackle George Fant is expected to be back by next season from the knee injury that will sideline him in 2017.
4 years ago
Matt Tobin, 27, started 21 games over seasons with the Eagles. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks acquire OL Matt Tobin in trade with Eagles

The Seahawks have acquired offensive tackle Matt Tobin in a trade with the Eagles, making another move to shore up their offensive line after losing left tackle George Fant for the season.
4 years ago
Luke Joeckel played left tackle for his first three NFL seasons. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Luke Joeckel? Rees Odhiambo? A look at the Seahawks’ LT options with George Fant out for the season

The Seahawks need a new plan at left tackle with George Fant out for the season. Moving Luke Joeckel there is one option, writes Brady Henderson.
4 years ago
Michael Bennett on Justin Britt standing by his side during the national anthem Friday night: “I ...
Brady Henderson

Justin Britt stands by Michael Bennett during national anthem: ‘A very emotional moment’

Seahawks center Justin Britt showed his support for teammate Michael Bennett Friday night, standing by him as Bennett remained seated during the national anthem.
4 years ago
Left tackle George Fant suffered an injury in the first half of Friday's preseason game. (AP)...
Brady Henderson

Seahawks’ George Fant needs ACL surgery, likely out for season

The Seahawks' offensive line was dealt a massive blow with left tackle George Fant suffering a knee injury Friday night that will likely keep him out all season.
4 years ago
What would Doug Baldwin do with the 26th pick if he were the Seahawks’ GM?