Seattle Seahawks stay quiet on first day of NFL draft
This was the first time the Seahawks didn't make a first-round draft pick since 2007.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Where will the Hawks draft?Seattle did not have a pick in Thursday's first round. Here's how the rest of the draft shapes up for the Seahawks:
• Second round (56th overall); third round (87)
• Fourth round (123), fifth round (138, 158), sixth round (194), seventh round (220, 231, 241, 242)
History of draft pick No. 562012: Mike Adams, OL, Pittsburgh Steelers. Started in six of his 10 games and named Steelers' rookie of the year
2011: Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots. Had 400 total yards and four TDs last year
2010: Mike Neal, DL, Packers. Had 4 ½ sacks last year
2009: Fili Moala, DT, Colts. Started the last 38 games he has played in
2008: Brian Brohm, QB, Packers. Lasted only two seasons; now playing in CFL
2007: Tim Crowder, DE, Broncos. Recorded 10 ½ sacks in five seasons
2006: Chris Chester, C, Ravens. Started every game he has played in over the last three years
2005: Darrent Williams, CB, Broncos. Started 23 games in two seasons before he was shot and killed in Denver
2004: Madieu Williams, FS, Bengals. Started the vast majority of games he has played in since getting drafted
2003: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants. Two-time Pro Bowler, has 75 career sacks
2002: Ladell Betts, RB, Redskins. Played nine seasons, mostly as a backup, rushed for more than 1,000 yards once
2001: Tony Dixon, DB, Cowboys. Played four years, started 14 games
2000: Michael Boireau, DE, Vikings. Lasted two years, didn't play a game
RENTON — The first sign that the first round of Thursday's NFL draft was going to be quiet for the Seahawks was, literally, a sign hanging above coach Pete Carroll's office: "Man Cave."
Without a first-round pick, the Seahawks played the part of spectator. They watched from team headquarters and prepared for their first pick, which will come Friday in the second round, 56th overall.
It was the first time the Seahawks didn't make a first-round pick since 2007.
Five defensive tackles went in the first round, and that's a position the Seahawks might look to bolster on the second day of the draft. It is also widely considered the deepest position in the draft, with talented players still available. The Seahawks could also look to add a linebacker (three went in the first round) or offensive lineman (eight were picked).
The arms race in the NFC West continued. The St. Louis Rams fired the first shots by trading up to No. 8 to take West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, a dynamic playmaker.
San Francisco, which entered with the 31st pick, didn't wait long for a response and promptly traded up to grab LSU safety Eric Reid with the 18th pick. The 49ers needed a replacement for starting safety Dashon Goldson, who signed with Tampa Bay.
The Seahawks already made their splash by trading their first-round pick to Minnesota for wide receiver Percy Harvin in the offseason.
As Seahawks safety Earl Thomas tweeted when the first round finally ended, "Still say we had the best first round pick of the draft."
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