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NFL Draft Trades: Seattle Seahawks trade down, obviously

SiriusXM At The 2017 NFL Draft Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for SiriusXM

The Seattle Seahawks have traded each of their last six first round picks — Why not act like a Las Vegas gambler playing craps and make it 7?

The Seahawks were set to pick at 1.18 on Thursday, but opted to move back in a deal with the Green Bay Packers. In return, Seattle moves down to pick 27, which the Packers only acquired after moving down in a deal with the New Orleans Saints earlier in the night. The rest of the return is a third round pick and a sixth, while the Seahawks also sent over a seventh. The third is 76th overall, putting Seattle back into day two. The move down allows the Seahawks to recoup more picks after having traded away their second and third rounders at different points in 2017. Seattle has plenty of needs, including at cornerback, defensive end, linebacker, receiver, tight end, offensive line — Look, I think the Seahawks are doing just fine, but reloading at some positions is certainly necessary.

By moving down for the seventh time in seven drafts, Seattle has a better chance to do just that. There’s also nothing close to a guarantee that they’re doing moving down; John Schneider and Pete Carroll moved down twice from their first pick in both 2014 (ultimately taking Paul Richardson) and 2017 (two moves down and taking Malik McDowell).