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Seahawks trade up for a punter and Twitter gets mad

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NCAA Football: Texas Bowl-Texas vs Missouri Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Since the draft started on Thursday evening, the Seattle Seahawks have been a box of surprises, taking running back Rashaad Penny in round one and then adding a run blocking tight end in round four. Hawk fans were still on cloud nine in the fifth round after the team had taken linebacker Shaquem Griffin, the twin brother of 2017 Seahawks third round pick Shaquill Griffin, however, that cloud quickly dissipated when Pete Carroll and John Schneider traded up in order to draft a punter.

Yes, you read that correctly, Pete and John used one of their seventh round picks to trade up in order to select punter Michael Dickson out of the University of Texas.

Now, I’m certain that Dickson is a great guy, and he’s probably a really good punter, but this definitely counts as a surprise. And while the fifth round has pretty low expected values in terms of future outcomes and the probability of a player sticking on the roster, it still seems early to be taking a punter. In any case, as you can imagine, Seahawks Twitter was not happy with the selection, and they let the word know through their social media bullhorn.

Here’s a sampling of some of the reactions.

And now we all have to pretend to like the pick just to not be in agreement with Pete Prisco.

And, well, you get the picture. Fans aren’t real excited.