The Seattle Seahawks sent Jeremy Lane, a 2018 5th rounder, and a 2019 2nd rounder to the Houston Texans on Monday for left tackle Duane Brown. The deal means that Russell Wilson and the running backs can rest a little easier, but also that the Seahawks are once again willing to purge future draft capital for instant relief.
Seattle may have been willing to trade their 2018 2nd rounder, but they already dealt it to the New York Jets in September in exchange for Sheldon Richardson.
With those two deals, the Seahawks don’t have their next 2nd round pick until 2020. Is that a significant hindrance?
It’s a little too soon to say how good Seattle will be during the 2018 season, but given their success since 2012, it’s not too ballsy to proclaim that they’ll be in playoffs consideration once again. With that, the Seahawks are likely to be picking in the 50s during the 2019 draft. Same obviously goes for the pick that they sent to the Jets for Richardson. How have John Schneider and Pete Carroll done with their late 2nd round picks so far?
Not that bad.
Though John Moffitt (pick 75) and Christine Michael (62) have been failures in that range, they have also found Golden Tate (60), Bobby Wagner (47), Russell Wilson (75), Paul Richardson (45), Justin Britt (64), Frank Clark (63), Tyler Lockett (69), Jarran Reed (49), and most recently Ethan Pocic (58).
That’s a fairly good track record in the range of mid-second to early-mid-third. However, Brown has been a top-10 tackle for awhile now and it is the Seahawks worst position of the season thus far. They have been able to find good players in the second and third round, but they’ve yet to find a really good tackle anywhere other than the top 10. So for acquiring Brown, it seems like a solid deal.
It just doesn’t come without a price, as it shouldn’t.