Prior to the NFL Draft, John Schneider explained that part of his thinking in trading down is whether the two or three players you wind up getting are a better deal than taking the one player available with the original pick.
Then the Seahawks’ third-year GM traded down in the first round on Thursday night and the second round on Friday, picking up two extra draft choices in each deal – for moving back a combined seven spots.
Here’s a look at what the Seahawks got, and what they could have had:
Original pick: 12
Traded down to: 15
Who they traded with: Eagles
What they got: West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin at No. 15; Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard in the fourth round; Northwestern State (La.) Jeremy Lane in the sixth round.
Who the Eagles took at 12: Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox
Original pick: No. 11 in the round, 43rd overall
Traded down to: 47
Who they traded with: Jets
What they got: Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner at No. 47; Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer in the fifth round, where they did not have a pick because of the 2010 draft-day trade for Marshawn Lynch; Louisville defensive end Greg Scruggs in the seventh round.
Who the Jets took at 43: Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill