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With the NFL Combine getting started this week, the start of the buildup to the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas is officially underway. With that said, the Seattle Seahawks have added a couple of names that should be familiar to football fans as front office consultants for draft season.

Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith are both names that Seattle general manager John Scheider is familiar with. Schneider, of course, worked in the front office of the Green Bay Packers for much of the 1990s, where he worked with Eliot’s father, Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf.

Highsmith is another name that will be familiar to older NFL fans, as his playing career in the NFL was cut short by injuries. Drafted with the third overall selection in 1987, just ahead of future Seahawks quarterback Kelly Stouffer and 23 picks before future San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl losing coach Jim Harbaugh, Highsmith finished his NFL playing career with just 1,195 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Highsmith and Wolf both worked together in the front office of the Cleveland Browns for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, after arriving there together from Green Bay. In Cleveland they worked for then Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, who was in the Packers front office from 2000 until 2012. There Dorsey had worked with the pair, as Wolf had been with the Packers since being hired by his father in 2004, while Highsmith had been with the Pack since 2012.

The exact roles the two will fill through draft season remains unknown, however, based on their history in Green Bay, they are likely familiar with what Schneider looks for and the type of data and reports he prefers. Thus, it won’t be a surprise if they are able to step right in and fill valuable roles for the Hawks in the coming weeks.