Seahawks could have 10 picks in 2016 NFL Draft

Jan 25, 2016, 1:22 PM | Updated: 1:27 pm
Seahawks and general manager John Schneider are expected to get three compensatory NFL Draft picks....
Seahawks and general manager John Schneider are expected to get three compensatory NFL Draft picks. (AP)

The Seahawks might have a number of holes to fill this offseason with seven starters and 10 other players set to become unrestricted free agents.

They’ll have the ammunition to do so with plenty of draft capital.

Related: John Schneider firm that Seahawks will bring back Jimmy Graham

Seattle could have 10 selections in the NFL Draft if the team is awarded three compensatory picks. Those won’t be announced until the owners’ meetings in March, but the website – which is usually accurate in its forecasts – projects the Seahawks to receive three of them: a third-, fifth- and sixth-round pick.

Compensatory selections are given to teams based on net losses in free agency from the year before. Seattle’s free-agent losses included cornerback Byron Maxwell, guard James Carpenter, linebacker Malcolm Smith, defensive end O’Brien Schofield, safety Jeron Johnson and tight end Tony Moeaki. The only free agent they signed that will count against their compensatory-pick total is defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.

Cornerback Cary Williams was released by Philadelphia before he signed with Seattle and therefore won’t factor into the equation. Neither will defensive tackle Kevin Williams as he signed with New Orleans after the May 12 deadline, when newly-signed unrestricted free agents no longer counted toward their new or old team’s compensatory total. projects Seattle to receive a third-round pick as compensation for Maxwell, a fifth for Carpenter and a sixth for Smith. That would give Seattle a combined four picks in the first three rounds.

Seattle is expected to have seven non-compensatory selections, including the 26th overall pick. The Seahawks have their own pick in every round but the sixth, having traded that to Detroit in August for cornerback Mohammed Seisay. Seattle acquired an additional seventh-round pick in the trade that sent running back Christine Michael to Dallas before the start of the season. That trade was conditional, but if the reported terms were accurate, the condition was met.

The Seahawks made another trade, sending wide receiver Kevin Norwood to Carolina, but that was for a conditional pick in 2017.

Here’s a round-by-round look at the selections Seattle is expected to have along with’s projections on the three compensatory picks:

Round 1: Own pick (26th overall)
Round 2: Own pick
Round 3: Own pick, projected comp. pick (Byron Maxwell)
Round 4: Own pick
Round 5: Own pick, projected comp. pick (James Carpenter)
Round 6: Projected comp. pick (Malcolm Smith), own pick traded to DET (Mohammed Seisay)
Round 7: Own pick, additional pick acquired from DAL (Christine Michael)

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Johnathan Abram...
The Associated Press

Seahawks land 2019 1st-rounder Johnathan Abram for safety depth

The Seattle Seahawks claimed safety Johnathan Abram off waivers on Wednesday, adding depth to a position that’s been thinned by injuries.
2 days ago
Seahawks Raiders...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Football 101: A close look at run defense’s returning issues

The Seahawks were ripped on the ground again Sunday in their overtime loss to the Raiders. What are the problems? Dave Wyman breaks it down.
2 days ago
Seahawks Rams Aaron Donald...
The Associated Press

Rams to play Seahawks without Aaron Donald; QB Stafford also likely out

Seven-time All-Pro DT Aaron Donald will miss a game because of injury for the first time in his NFL career when his Rams host the Seahawks on Sunday.
2 days ago
Seahawks Tariq Woolen...
Brent Stecker

NFL Draft insider on why ’22 Seahawks class hit, possible ’23 targets

Seattle Sports' Brock and Salk caught up with ESPN NFL Draft analyst and insider Matt Miller to get his read on the Seahawks' rookies and what they could do in the 2023 draft.
2 days ago
Seahawks Broncos Russell Wilson...
Brent Stecker

Just how high will Seahawks’ pick from Wilson trade to Broncos get?

Brandon Stokley, a former star NFL receiver and current Denver radio host, shares his thoughts on where the Seahawks' top pick coming from the Broncos will land.
3 days ago
Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...
Brent Stecker

Is the Seahawks’ struggling run game hitting a rookie wall?

The Seahawks are approaching a point in the season that their rookies haven't reached before. Is that a reason for their run game woes?
3 days ago
Seahawks could have 10 picks in 2016 NFL Draft