Pickin’ and grinnin’

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

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