Leiweke: Draft was ‘phenomenal’

Fans and media alike have been heaping praises on the Seahawks following the NFL Draft last week, but the biggest enthusiast might be in house — and in charge.

Team CEO Tod Leiweke said he was beyond pleased with how general manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll worked together to produce a draft that has “rewarded our fans.”

“It was phenomenal to see our two top executives linked up, connected at the hip and aligned throughout the process,” said Leiweke, who’s in his seventh year with the organization. “The optimism they had going in was a self-fulfilling prophesy and they made the Seahawks nation proud.”

Leiweke got to experience in the mid-draft excitement for himself, as he was in the War Room for a major portion of the three-day event. The CEO’s enthusiasm — huge smiles, hearty clapping and high-fives for Schneider and Carroll — was on full display when the picks immaculately slotted into place for the Seahawks, especially in the first two rounds.

“You couldn’t have scripted a better draft for us,” Leiweke said. “It’s going to take some period of time, but we took a huge first step and I couldn’t be happier for this organization.”


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