A Barron’s ransom

Other teams’ interest in Mark Barron could be the best thing that happens to the Seahawks in tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft.

According to reports, the Patriots and Lions might be interested in trading up to select the Alabama safety. The Patriots hold the 27th and 31st picks in the first round, while the Lions are sitting No. 23. That’s too late for Barron.

But with the 12th pick, which is held by the Seahawks? If Barron is still available when the Seahawks are “on the clock,” the phones in their draft room could start ringing.

Albert Breer at NFL.com is reporting that the Patriots already have reached out to the Seahawks about just such a scenario.

ESPN’s John Clayton reported this morning that the Lions also would like to trade into position to draft Barron, and would have to move up at least 10 spots to do it.

Seahawks GM John Schneider has said that he’s open to trading down, if the two players the Seahawks could select with the acquired picks would be a better deal than taking the one they would let get away at No. 12. The Seahawks currently hold six picks in the seven-round draft that continues tomorrow and concludes on Saturday.

It’s difficult to know what to believe at this point, but if those teams really are that interested in Barron it could benefit the Seahawks before the night is over.

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