It was a busy day in the Seahawks war room on the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft. Seattle hit the clock in round one and as we expected Aaron Curry, Michael Crabtree and Mark Sanchez were all available. Curry, heavily recommended as the best prospect in the draft, was Tim Ruskell's choice and he made an emotional appearance on stage at Radio City. Clutching a Seahawks jersey emblazoned with the number one, the Wake Forest linebacker fought back tears of joy. "I didn't really know where I was going to end up at" announced Curry shortly after being revealed as the newest Seattle Seahawk. "I expect to go in there and really get into that defense and fly around, have some fun." Watch Seattle select Curry here
In what proved to be an eventful first round with a cluster of trades and shock moves, the Seahawks sat tightly in possession of the 37th overall pick and fifth selection in round two. The New York Jets made a shock trade into the top five to get Mark Sanchez. Two center's left the board early - Alex Mack and Eric Wood both going in round one. Six wide receivers were taken in the first, with running back Chris 'Beanie' Wells falling kindly to the Arizona Cardinals at #31.
Perhaps intending to draft for offense in round two and seeing their diminishing options - the Denver Broncos made Seattle an offer. In exchange for the #37 pick, the Seahawks would receive Denver's first round pick in 2010. The deal was completed, leaving fans in the North West to ponder the potential excitement of owning that bounty next year.
But the team weren't finished there. Just as it was being assumed Seattle were done for the day, they boldly traded away their 3rd and 4th round picks to the Chicago Bears for the 49th overall pick where they selected Max Unger (OG/C, Oregon). Flexible enough to play anywhere on the offensive line, Unger will provide instant depth and starting potential at a need area. Although the move appeared expensive at first, the Seahawks have essentially traded away the 3rd & 4th round pick this year for Denver's first in 2010. Depending on how the Broncos perform in 2009, that could be some deal.
The Seahawks next pick is currently the first selection in round five (#137 overall). What are you thoughts after day one of the 2009 NFL Draft? Are you happy with the decision to draft Curry & Unger? What about the trades made by Tim Ruskell today? Let me know by clicking the comments section below or email firstname.lastname@example.org