The Seattle Seahawks have the fifth pick in the upcoming NFL Draft but are open to trading it if the right situation presents itself.
The team’s general manager, John Schneider, has let the rest of the league know that said pick could be available for the right price, leading to lots of speculation as it pertains to the Seahawks trading down. However, Doug Farrar of USA today has proposed a unique circumstance that would require them to trade up to land the No.1 pick so they could land a top target – except he isn’t a quarterback.
Farrar seems to think Seattle could make this type of move work to get Georgia defensive tackle, Jalen Carter.
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“Seattle would obviously have to be all in on Geno Smith for this to happen, and there are multiple reasons for them to be. The thing about Carter that puts him above most players at his position, college or pro, is the complete skill set. Carter can wind by blockers with estimable power, killer speed and quickness, and an impressive technique palette which should be even better with the benefit of NFL coaching.
“As for the idea that an edge-rusher would be more valuable to any team… well, remember the current priority on interior pass rush, and consider that Carter can also demolish offensive lines from the edge. When you’re 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, that’s kind of terrifying, and it’s one of many reasons I see a lot of Aaron Donald in Carter’s game. Kentucky’s Will Levis discovered that to his consternation last season.”
Farrar didn’t go into specifics of the proposed trade but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Seahawks would have to give up a lot to get the No.1 selection off the Chicago Bears, including their No. 20, as well as future picks.
Could we see something like that happen? Only time will tell. But the fact that the team is keen on keeping Smith suggests they’ll be looking to draft for another position.
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