BY SPNW Staff 02:18PM 03/29/2016

NFL sets draft order, Seahawks have nine picks

Barring trades, the Seahawks have nine selections in the April 28-30 NFL draft in Chicago. The total includes three compensatory picks for losing free agents.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider will have nine picks, barring trades, in the NFL draft. / Sportspress Northwest file

The NFL Monday established the selection order of the April 28-30 draft, in which the Seahawks will have a nine picks, including one in the first round, one in the second, two in the third, one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, and two in the seventh. Three of Seattle picks are compensatory, awarded to the club last week for losing top-tier free agents a year ago.

The first round begins at 4 p.m. PT April 28. The second and third rounds start at 3 p.m. April 29. Rounds four through seven begin at 8 a.m. April 30. Chicago is the host city for the second year.

The Tennessee Titans own the first pick, after laboring through a 3-13 campaign. The Cleveland Browns pick second, followed by the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. A total of 253 selections will be made.

Seattle’s first pick is  26th overall in the first round. After picking 56th and 90th in the second and third rounds, respectively, the Seahawks will use (barring trades) their first compensatory pick at No. 97.

Seattle’s other compensatory picks will come at 171st in the fifth round and 215th in the sixth. Seattle’s first pick in the seventh round, 225th, was obtained from Dallas in a trade in September that sent RB Christine Michael to the Cowboys. Michael was subsequently waived by Dallas, then by Washington, before returning to Seattle late in the season.

The chart shows where the Seahawks will make their sections, again barring trades, as well as their historical choices at the spot (asterisk adjacent to the pick indicates a compensatory choice; hashtag is pick obtained from Dallas):

Round Pick Overall Last Player Picked by Seattle In This Slot
1 26 26 Chris Spencer, C, Mississippi, 2005; 82 games, 72 starts
2 25 56 Seahawks have never had 56th pick
3 27 90 Seahawks have never had 90th pick
3 35 *97 Terry Dion, DE, Oregon; 1980; 9 games, 2 starts
4 26 124 Mansfield Wrotto, G, Georgia Tech, 2007; 15 games, 5 starts
5 34 *171 Matt Hill, T, Boise State, 2002; 27 games, 2 starts
6 40 *215 Robert Tyler, TE, So. Carolina St., 1988; 9 starts
7 4 #225 George Adzick, DB, Minnesota, 1977; never played
Johnnie Church, DE, Florida, 1996; never played
J.R. Sweezy, DT, N.C. State, 2012; 2-year starter at RG
7 26 247 Nick Reed, DE, Oregon, 2009; played 16  games his rookie year

Seattle’s compensatory picks were awarded as a result of the free-agent departures of CB Byron Maxwell (to Philadelphia) and G James Carpenter (New York Jets), as well as the defections of LB Malcolm Smith (Oakland), DB Jeron Johnson (Washington) and LB O’Brien Schofield (Atlanta).

The Seahawks have not made a pick in the first round since 2012, when they selected LB Bruce Irvin 15th out of West Virginia. Irvin last month left the Seahawks in free agency for the Oakland Raiders.

During the John Schneider-Pete Carroll era (since 2010), the Seahawks on two other occasions used their No. 1 pick to take offensive linemen, Russell Okung in 2010 and Carpenter in 2011. As with Irvin, both ultimately departed in free agency.


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