With all of the wheeling and dealing the Seattle Seahawks have been doing since January, I thought we should provide an update on where the team sits in terms of draft selections heading into next year’s draft.
So here are Seattle’s draft picks to my knowledge heading into next season. Seattle does not have a third round pick (sent to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst).
They also should pick up some compensatory draft picks next year. They lost Nate Burleson, Cory Redding and Lance Laury in free agency, but picked up tight end Chris Baker and offensive linemen Ben Hamilton and Chester Pitts.
According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
Seahawks 2011 draft selections
- One First round pick
- One Second round pick
- No third round pick
Comment: The Seahawks traded their third round pick from the 2011 draft to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst.
- One Fourth round pick
Comment: This pick is from New England. The Patriots have two picks including Denver’s, and the Hawks will get whichever one is higher. Seattle originally gave up its fourth round pick in a trade for Marshawn Lynch.
- Two Fifth round picks
Comment: The Hawks received a conditional pick, believed to be a 5th rounder, from Baltimore in the Josh Wilson trade.
- One sixth round pick
Comment: The Hawks traded their original sixth rounder to San Francisco for Kentwan Balmer, but received Detroit’s sixth round pick in a trade for Lawrence Jackson.
- Two seventh round picks
Comment: Along with their own pick, the Hawks received a conditional low-round pick from Cleveland for QB Seneca Wallace.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes that the Seahawks traditionally struggle after the bye week. In the 21 games they’ve played after bye weeks since the schedule began including in-season breaks in 1990, the Hawks have won only five times, and just twice since 1998.
My story today highlights Branch lack of explosive plays over the past two seasons. He averaged only 8.6 yards a catch this year, and 9.7 yards a catch last season.
Karen Guregian and Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald says talks of New England trading for Branch go back to as early as February. They also not the special chemistry Branch has with Brady.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston quotes Brady in a radio interview this morning saying that Branch will have a steep learning curve in learning his team’s new offense, but that the former Patriots receiver is a smart player and should pick it up.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews the Hawks upcoming contest against the Bears, who have one of the better run defenses in the league.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, quarterback Jay Cutler has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright notes that the Bears four wins have come against teams with a comined 5-14 record.