Surprise! The Seattle Seahawks traded down in the opening round of the NFL Draft, swapping spots with the Atlanta Falcons, who used the #26 overall pick to take linebacker Takkarist McKinley out of UCLA. As was the case last season, the Seahawks will be picking at #31. Ryan Ramczyk, Forrest Lamp, Obi Melifonwu, and Kevin King are all still on the board as Seahawks targets.
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Coming into the draft with just seven picks, Seattle acquired picks #95 (3rd round) and #249 (7th round) from the Falcons, so they’ll have a whopping five 3rd round selections to play with on Friday.
As of this post, Seattle hasn’t made its selection, but here’s how Twitter reacted when the Seahawks did what has become an annual tradition, which is to trade down or out of round 1 entirely.
The NFL Draft doesn't officially begin until the Seahawks trade down.— Long Nguyen (@_longnguyen) April 28, 2017
Thats a good trade for Seattle. They can use those extra picks.— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) April 28, 2017
meanwhile.....of course :) https://t.co/LWQ2iZaVub— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 28, 2017
was hoping for a 5th or 6th but I'll take the 3rd https://t.co/IoyYf7dEK3— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) April 28, 2017
Wow. Nice job Johnny!! https://t.co/MeWo4MxKg5— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) April 28, 2017
James Carpenter literally broke the Seahawks' will to draft— Chris (@30AcreFortress) April 28, 2017
Deja Vu— Germain Ifedi (@GermainX1) April 28, 2017
We have to take cam right here let's go— jarran reed (@1j_reed) April 28, 2017
And we trade— jarran reed (@1j_reed) April 28, 2017
Six straight years a first round deal of some sort by Schneider and Carroll. #NFLDraft2017— Ian Furness (@IanFurnessSea) April 28, 2017
Good deal. Four 3rd round picks - could trade back into 2nd round too... https://t.co/V5ZZju2YpA— Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) April 28, 2017
Related: NFL Draft 2017 1st Round open thread