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5 Takeaways From Inside Seahawks Draft Room

What happens in an NFL draft room typically stays inside an NFL draft room. But the Seahawks pulled back the curtain to an extent, allowing for an opportunity to put some pieces together in the aftermath of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Aside from brief footage showed on NFL Network or ESPN, only a select few know what happens behind the closed doors of an NFL war room on draft weekend. Even the coaches themselves aren't always in the draft room and spend time away in their office during the event.

Luckily for Seahawks fans, only a few weeks after the team added a new nine-player class headlined by Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross, team reporter John Boyle was given the green light to pull back the curtain and provide an excellent behind-the-scenes look at what went down in the team's draft room in the first three rounds.

Coupling Boyle's observations and reporting of the festivities with prior insight provided by sources to All Seahawks, here are five final takeaways from draft weekend:

Seahawks first-round pick Charles Cross holds his new jersey alongside coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
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After calling Mafe and Walker to inform them they would become Seahawks, Schneider and the rest of the draft room had 31 picks standing between them and their next selection and wouldn't be back on the clock for two hours unless they trade up. As their lone third round pick drew closer, everyone was white-knuckling it with hopes Washington State tackle Abraham Lucas would somehow fall to them. Leading to more cheers in the draft room, the Bears picked receiver Velus Jones Jr. at No. 71 overall, and regional scout Chad Graff - who personally scouted Lucas and attended the same high school as the player - stood up on a table to celebrate.

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While Boyle didn't disclose such information in his article, it's worth wondering if Lucas may have been in play when Seattle ultimately picked Walker at No. 41 overall. The team had been high on him throughout the scouting process, meeting with him at the Senior Bowl as well as the combine and then putting him through a private workout one week before the draft. Only one other tackle - Ohio State's Nicholas Petit-Frere - was selected between pick 42 and 71. If Lucas was a coveted target in the second round, no wonder Graff was jumping onto a table when he somehow remained available a full round later.

Of course, given their reported interest in Linderbaum, it's also possible the Seahawks could have been considering Nebraska center Cam Jurgens, who wound up being selected by the Eagles at pick No. 51 midway though the second round. Either way, Schneider, Carroll, and company couldn't have asked for things to play out more smoothly as they acquired four players who were high on their big board in the first 72 selections.