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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

April 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

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Day 2: Waiting game

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Three of the first 40 picks in the draft. That was the mantra for more than two months in Seattle as people anticipated what will be a crucial draft for Seattle.

Well, that changed with the trade for Charlie Whitehurst when the Seahawks slid down 20 spots in the second round and gave up next year's third-round pick to acquire him.

So instead of holding the eighth pick when the second round begins this afternoon, Seattle holds the 28th pick of the second round.

And after the first round concluded with players like defensive ends Everson Griffen and Sergio Kindle, quarterback Jimmy Clausen and a wide receiver like Golden Tate.

Part of the impetus to trade for Whitehurst was Seattle didn't want to wait for a quarterback to come in and start learning the offense after the draft. The Seahawks wanted to bring in someone for that first minicamp, and they also didn't want to wed themselves to having to draft a quarterback in the first round. At the time of the deal, Sam Bradford was already being penciled in as the top pick and many thought Washington would pick a quarterback at No. 4.

Well, here's Clausen in the second round, a player the Seahawks have evaluated very highly. If Seattle knew it could draft Clausen in the second round, would it have traded for Whitehurst?

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