The Seattle Seahawks added a 2020 fifth round pick on Tuesday by trading tight end Nick Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal helps them retain some of the draft capital they gave up to acquire Jadeveon Clowney three weeks ago when they sent a third round pick and two players to the Houston Texans for his services.
Overall, the Seahawks now have some of the most firepower in the draft next year due to trades and compensatory picks from 2019 free agency.
Seattle Seahawks expected 2020 picks:
3rd round (compensatory for losing Earl Thomas)
4th round (compensatory for losing Justin Coleman)
5th round (from Steelers)
6th round (compensatory for losing Shamar Stephen)
7th round (compensatory for losing Mike Davis)
The Seahawks don’t have their original sixth round pick because they traded back into the seventh round for John Ursua this year, while they sent their seventh round pick to the New England Patriots for tight end Jacob Hollister.
That’s 10 picks for Seattle, including one on day one and three on day three but more than likely will end up as zero picks on day one and at least four picks on day two, but potentially five+. Note that by signing Stephen and Davis and then building them up enough to get free agent contracts of note, they were able to deal from their day three draft pool to acquire Hollister and Ursua. Similarly they traded for Clowney but still have a third round pick because of Thomas.
Just as a reminder of 2020 draft power: the Miami Dolphins have their own pick, which many expect to be number one, plus Pittsburgh’s first rounder, which right now looks like it could be at least top-10, and Houston’s first rounder. The Dolphins also have their own second rounder, which could be 33, and a second rounder from the New Orleans Saints. They have a third round pick and also a compensatory third for losing Ja’Wuan James.