The Seahawks will now have five of the first 106 picks as they head into the NFL Draft, which is set for April 27-29.
The Seahawks received good news from the NFL on Friday in the form of two additional third-round picks in the 2017 draft as compensation for players lost via free agency a year ago.
Seattle was awarded picks Nos. 102 and 106 at the end of the third round, which combined with the Seahawks’ own picks in the first (26), second (58) and third (90) rounds means the team has five of the first 106 picks overall.
Seattle has just two other picks — in the sixth and seventh rounds — having traded its fourth-rounder last year in a draft-day deal with New England that netted the Seahawks DL Quinton Jefferson and WR Kenny Lawler, and having lost its fifth-rounder as a penalty for violating off-season workout rules.
Conventional wisdom held that the Seahawks would most likely be granted a third-rounder and a fifth or maybe two fourth-rounders as compensatory picks.
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Instead, the Seahawks got about as favorable of a haul as they could have hoped for in garnering two of what were an NFL record 11 extra third-round picks handed out.
The NFL awarded Seattle the two extra picks for losing linebacker Bruce Irvin (Oakland), offensive lineman Russell Okung (Denver), defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (San Diego) and offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy (Tampa Bay) in free agency while signing offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell (not all free agents signed or lost count as part of the formula).
While the NFL does not detail exactly how it makes each decision, there was conjecture that the league used the entirety of the contract Okung signed with Denver in the formula rather than just what he will end up having actually earned. Okung signed what was a five-year, $56 million deal with Denver, but that came with a team option to pick up the final four seasons…