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Seahawks trade out of first round - May 8, 2014

Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies is tackled by Kris Frost #17 of the Auburn Tigers on October 19, 2013 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Auburn Tigers won 45 to 41.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The first round of the draft for the Seattle Seahawks elapsed with the team adding a new player to their roster.

General manager John Schneider was perfectly happy with that scenario.

The Seahawks GM said he entered the first day of the draft believing trading out of the first round was a pretty likely possibility.

When a pair of quarterbacks were on the board when Seattle went on the clock at No. 32 overall, it all but became a formality.

"That’s exactly what we were hoping for and we were talking to a number of teams down there at the end and Minnesota stayed with it so we did it with them," Schneider said.

Seattle traded their first-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a second-round pick, No. 40 overall, and a fourth-round pick, No. 108 overall.

Schneider said they had conversations with "five or six" teams looking to trade with them for their first round selection. Ultimately, Schneider felt the Vikings offer was the best fit.

"They just stuck with it," Schneider said. They were just real persistent so it worked out great. Plus they are really good guys to deal with"

The Seahawks entered the day with just six draft picks in hand. Seattle hasn't had fewer than nine selections in the draft in the four years the team has been managed by Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

They had traded away their third-round pick to Minnesota in the trade last year to acquire WR Percy Harvin and dealt a seventh-round pick to Oakland in exchange for QB Terrelle Pryor last month.

Only one quarterback, Central Florida's Blake Bortles, was selected in the first 20 picks of the draft. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel was finally drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall selection.

But when Seattle went on the clock at the end of the round, both Louisville's QB Teddy Bridgewater and Fresno State QB Derek Carr were still available. Houston passes on a quarterback with the first overall pick and are still in need of adding a quarterback to their roster. With the Texans sitting with the first pick of the second round, teams wanting a quarterback were calling Seattle looking to jump back into the round.

In addition, the ability of a team to get a fifth-year option on a first-round draft pick was also an added incentive for teams looking to move back into the first round.

Seattle moved down eight spots in the draft and added another selection to bring their total to seven picks. It's likely Schneider will look to move down again at some point over the next two days to acquire even more selections before the draft is over.

The Seahawks currently have two picks in the second round tomorrow evening. While Schneider said they had a pick ready to go if necessary, they felt the value of the trade was worth it and will gladly head to tomorrow to see what they can find.

"There were some good players there, but we had the opportunity to grab another pick, a fourth round pick, another player," Schneider said. "We saw value with the trade and just decided to pick tomorrow. Now we just have to see how tomorrow goes. Right now we’re picking 40 and we’ll see what happens."

2014 NFL Draft Round 1:

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson , T, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
4. Buffalo Bills (from CLE) - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
8. Cleveland Browns (from MIN) - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
9. Minnesota Vikings (from CLE) - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
12. New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
13. St. Louis Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
14. Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio St.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Zach Martin, G, Notre Dame
17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
19. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Wuan James, T, Tennessee
20. New Orleans Saints (from ARZ) - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
21. Green Bay Packers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
22. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
26. Philadelphia Eagles (from CLE) - Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
27. Arizona Cardinals (from NO) - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
28. Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
29. New England Patriots - Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
32. Minnesota Vikings (from SEA) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Seahawks Selections:

Rd 2: 8 (40) from Minnesota
Rd 2: 32 (64)
Rd 4: 8 (108) from Minnesota
Rd 4: 32 (132)
Rd 5: 6 (146) from Oakland
Rd 5: 32 (172)
Rd 6: 32 (208)

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