Seahawks GM on the upcoming NFL Draft, offensive line, Russell Wilson, more
RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said Wednesday the team’s NFL Draft board is 80 percent set and that having a rookie start at center would be a “viable” option.
Seattle sent starting center Max Unger and the team’s 2015 first-round draft pick to New Orleans to obtain tight end Jimmy Graham.
In a pre-draft news conference Wednesday, Schneider said “I’d be lying” to say the offensive line isn’t a need for the Seahawks, with the loss of Unger and starting left guard James Carpenter, who signed with the New York Jets.
He said starting a rookie at center would be a “viable” option, and that while the draft is the team’s “primary mode of acquisition,” offensive linemen could also be added with trades, free agency and through the waiver wire this summer.
The NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago. Seattle’s first pick is No. 63, in the second round.
Schneider said he and the personnel staff have been evaluating NFL prospects for a large part of the past year and that the team’s board — how it rates prospects — is 80 percent set.
He said changes to the team’s board will still come in the next several days as the coaching staff offer opinions on prospects they like or dislike.
Schneider declined to discuss the contract extension talks with quarterback Russell Wilson, but said, “We all love Russell and we want him to be our QB for a long time,” adding that he believes the feeling to be mutual.
On other topics, Schneider said:
— The team still wants Tarvaris Jackson back, but said the backup quarterback is still feeling his way through free agency.
— The Seahawks have not decided yet whether to pick up Bruce Irvin’s fifth-year option on his contract. Their deadline is May 3.