RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks traded their first-round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night to the Vikings in return for Minnesota’s 2nd- and 4th-round picks.
“We were blessed,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said at a news conference later. “That’s exactly what we were hoping for. We were talking with a number of teams right there at the end. And Minnesota stayed with it and so we did it with them.”
As things stand now, Seattle will have seven picks over the next two days.
“There were some good players (left toward the end of the first round) there, but we had an opportunity to have another fourth-round pick, another player. We saw value in the trade. Now you just got to see how tomorrow goes.”
As a result of the trade, which the Vikings used to take quarterback Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, the Seahawks received pick No. 40 in the second round (along with their own No. 64) and pick No. 108 in the 4th round (along with their own No. 132).
The Seahawks also have two fifth-round picks and a sixth-round pick.
Schneider said he had talked to about five or six teams about trading the Hawks’ 32nd pick in the first round.
In case nothing worked, “We had a name in New York, ready to go,” he said.