The Seahawks moved back into the second round, leaving a large chunk of their likely targets still available.
Meanwhile, the rest of the division continued to do its best to catch up.
For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco 49ers picked a safety in the first round. The 49ers selected Northern Illinois free safety Jimmie Ward. At 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds, Ward is similar in build to Seattle’s Earl Thomas. San Francisco selected Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick in 2013.
The St. Louis Rams picked offensive tackle Greg Robinson of Auburn with the second overall pick. They followed that with the selection of Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th overall pick.
The Arizona Cardinals invested in Washington State strong safety Deone Bucannon, adding to a secondary not far behind Seattle’s.
When asked about the moves other NFC West teams made, John Schneider’s first reaction was to groan.
“I thought they all did a great job,” Schneider said. “You look at St. Louis, their nickel package now is going to be ridiculous. They got a total road grader at tackle. They did a great job. Arizona did a great job. I told them to pick a punter.”
The hard-hitting Bucannon was considered a possibility for the Seahawks if he was still around at 32. Schneider had high praise for him.
“He’s really, really tough,” Schneider said. “Very aggressive, great range. I wish they would have taken a punter.”