Seahawks discuss approach for upcoming NFL Draft

Seahawks discuss approach for upcoming NFL Draft
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider, right, talk to reporters, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Renton, Wash., about the upcoming NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE -- If we know one thing about the Seahawks and the NFL Draft, it's that we don't know what to expect from the Seahawks in the draft.

Seattle approaches the event much different than anyone else in the league, and there's no reason to think they'll change their philosophy in 2014.

The Seahawks actually enter this week's draft somewhat short-handed.

Seattle won the Super Bowl, but that now means the Seahawks get the last pick in the first round. So, Seattle won't even draft until the 32nd overall selection.

On top of that, the Seahawks only hold six picks altogether in the draft. That's five choices fewer than the rival 49ers, and much less than Seattle general manager John Schneider would like.

That number could change, though. That's because the Seahawks can acquire selections throughout the draft, much like they've done in the past.

"At the top of the draft, you're excited about the players and everything," Schneider said at the Seahawks pre-draft press conference on Tuesday. "The further you get into the draft, you wish you had more picks toward the end. There are quality players there that you know the coaching staff can work with and coach up."

We're talking about guys like quarterback Russell Wilson, who was a third round pick, and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, who was a seventh round selection.

Believe it or not, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks there isn't a major difference between talent from round-to-round.

"It's a hard science to deal with," Carroll said. "It's so close. There are factors you maybe couldn't quite uncover that show up, and those guys play just as good as a player who was drafted in the first round."

And then there's what happens after the draft, which is a mad dash to sign undrafted free agents.

That might not sound like a big deal, but the Seahawks had 11 undrafted players on the Super Bowl roster last year. And they're guys who make a difference, like wide receiver Doug Baldwin.

"We've found a lot of guys that didn't make it up the charts in the draft, but they also had this extraordinary talent to drive them past what the numbers showed," said Carroll. "They've come through and have become really good football players. That continues to be a big focus for us."

The NFL Draft starts with the first round on Thursday, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, and then the draft wraps up with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday. We should know by Sunday who the Seahawks signed as undrafted free agents.