Seahawks planned to trade down from 56th pick, but it ‘fell apart’

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Patrick Olde Loohuis
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The Seattle Seahawks selected Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, but the Seahawks apparently had a plan to trade back, as is routine with the team under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

The Seahawks only had three picks in the draft and were expected to attempt to acquire more picks via trade. Seattle planned to draft Eskridge with a later pick, but the trade for it fell through. They also feared that he would be taken by another team if they traded back, so they kept the No.56 pick and selected him while he was still available.

“We thought we were close and then we lost something right at the end,” Schneider said via Zoom Friday night. “We were literally like five minutes away or something so it just kind of fell apart and so we were excited to move forward and just take our guy.

“He was the guy.”

Eskridge will join DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in the receiver room and hopefully emerge as a reliable target for Russell Wilson.

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