RENTON, Wash. – John Schneider mapped out his vision for the Seattle Seahawks’ future and it involves detailed plans for keeping his team a contender for more than one season.
They serve as his guidelines for how the roster is constructed, in talent and money, and how to proceed in coming years.
“I talked about these models and we’re going to try to keep as many of these guys together as we go – but we want to be good for a long time. We don’t want to just kind of cruise in one year and then cruise out,” said Schneider, the Seahawks’ general manager. “We want to be a consistent, championship-caliber team where every year, the fans, the 12th Man has hope that we’re going to be in this thing and the only reason we’re not in it is because – knock on wood – we have injuries or something along the way.”
The Seahawks didn’t have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. That’s fine by Schneider, who believes the Seahawks are in an enviable position, from the standpoint of roster talent and salary constraints, because of how often Seattle has hit on key players in the middle to late rounds of the draft over the past three years.
Since Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll arrived in 2010, the Seahawks have turned seven selections taken in the third round or later into starters. The most notable was last year when the Seahawks selected Russell Wilson in the third round and watched as Wilson won the starting QB job, led the team to 11 wins in the regular season and was 30 seconds away from playing in the NFC championship game.
That’s not to say the first two rounds haven’t been important to the Seahawks. They got left tackle Russell Okung and safety Earl Thomas in the first round in 2010; wide receiver Golden Tate in the second round that same year; and last year picked starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round.