Seahawks 2021 Draft Tracker: Keep tabs on Seattle’s picks and moves
Note: With the Seahawks appearing to be done in the 2021 NFL Draft, please go to our annual Breakdown post at this link for full details on each player selected by Seattle.
The Seahawks went into the NFL Draft with just three picks, and even with a couple of trades during the process, they’re coming out of it with exactly that many new players.
Seattle had to wait until the second day to make their first selection, taking Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge in the second round at No. 56 overall, but while they stayed put with that pick, general manager John Schneider traded down early Saturday to get his team an extra selection. He then used that extra pick to move up in the sixth round on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s where things stand for the Seahawks after the draft.
Seahawks picks and trades
• First round
None – Trade with Jets for safety Jamal Adams
• Second round
Eskridge was a player our own Michael Bumpus advocated for the Seahawks to take in the draft. Read his full breakdown of Eskridge here.
• Third round
None – Trade with Jets for Adams
• Fourth round
No. 129 overall Traded to Tampa Bay for 137 overall (fourth round) and 217 (sixth round)
No. 137 overall (acquired from Tampa Bay): Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma (story)
The Seahawks do add a corner. Tre Brown is 5-10 with 30 3/8 arms. https://t.co/VBaKWIbeG5
— Brandon Gustafson (@TheBGustafson) May 1, 2021
Tre Brown, Another D.J. Reed sized cornerback? Interesting. The #Seahawks are no longer married to that long, tall corner type it seems.
— Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) May 1, 2021
• Fifth round
None – Trade with Raiders for guard Gabe Jackson
• Sixth round
No. 208 overall (acquired from Chicago): Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida (story)
Several NFL insiders are calling Forsythe, a giant at 6 foot 8, a great value pick for the Seahawks, with some having graded him as high as the second and third rounds. He’ll likely have time to learn the ropes with Seattle, which is set at tackle for this season with veterans Duane Brown and Brandon Shell.
No. 217 overall (acquired from Tampa Bay): Traded to Chicago
• Seventh round
No. 250 overall: Traded to Chicago
First round reaction
For a Seahawks-centric look at the first day of the draft, check out this column from 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil.
Why so few picks for the Seahawks?
Safety Jamal Adams, a three-time All-Pro, cost the Seahawks their 2021 first- and third-round picks as well as next year’s first, though their trade with the Jets to get him did net Seattle an additional fourth-round selection in 2022.
The offensive line was a bit of a question mark entering the offseason, but Seattle was aggressive and acquired Gabe Jackson, a very well-regarded lineman who will play either left or right guard for the Seahawks in 2021.
Seattle also sent its original 2021 sixth-round pick to Miami during last year’s draft, which allowed the Seahawks to get back into the 2020 draft in the seventh round. The Seahawks used the pick on tight end Stephen Sullivan, who spent the season on the practice squad and is now with the Carolina Panthers.
Something else to note is that the Seahawks had an additional seventh-round pick, but they sent that to the Cincinnati Bengals last trade deadline for defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Can the Seahawks get to eight picks?
The Seahawks have one of the longest-tenured general managers in the NFL in John Schneider, who came to Seattle in 2010.
Since Schneider joined the Seahawks, the team has made at least eight picks in each draft he’s conducted.
It’s unlikely Seattle can get to that mark yet again this year as the team entered the draft with just three picks, but Schneider is well known for trading back in the draft in order to acquire more mid- and late-round draft picks. The issue this year is that Schneider didn’t have what’s usually his best trade chip in a first-round pick due to the trade for Adams.
Seattle entered the 2019 draft in a similar position in terms of limited draft picks as they had five, and Schneider wound up making enough deals to boost that to 11 picks. The difference, though, is that Seattle had two first-round picks that year, using one to trade down and add more selections.
When is the draft?
The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft is Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.
The second and third rounds are on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m.
And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds occur are on Saturday, kicking off at 9 a.m.
Listen, watch and stream the draft on 710 ESPN Seattle
For those wanting to follow along live with what the Seahawks are doing and how those picks and moves impact the team, 710 ESPN Seattle will be airing the draft and will have extensive coverage before, during and after every round with all your favorite hosts and analysts.
Coverage begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Due to Mariners baseball on Friday, some of 710 ESPN Seattle’s draft coverage will be exclusive to the video stream on 710Sports.com on Friday night. The Mariners will air on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. Friday.
More information on 710 ESPN Seattle’s draft coverage and schedule can be found at this link or at the link at the top of this tracker.
Seahawks NFL Draft stories from 710Sports.com
• Football 101: Why CB Tyson Campbell should be Seahawks’ top pick
• Seahawks Takeaways: NFL Draft, updates on Jamal Adams, K.J. Wright
• Huard: How the Seahawks’ needs match up with 2021 draft class
• Clayton: Hawks could draft a CB higher than they ever have under Schneider
• Draft expert Matt Miller: Why Hawks may stick with 3 draft picks
• Rost: Making case for Seahawks draft picks at different positions
• Bumpus: Small-school WR Hawks should consider drafting
• Heaps: Positions for Hawks to address and avoid in draft