The NFL Draft is notorious for having late-round trades that turn into big pickups for some teams. Oakland-New England swapped wide receiver Randy Moss for the Patriots fourth-round pick two years ago and that’s panned out well for the Patriots.
Coming into the final day of the 2010 NFL draft the Seahawks held six picks in the final three rounds which gave them plenty of ammo to wheel and deal and that’s exactly what they did.
The Seahawks made two trades on Saturday to bolster their running back corps and in doing so also grabbed the spotlight in the final rounds on the 2010 draft.
The Seahawks traded their first fourth-round pick (No. 104 overall) and a sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for former USC running back LenDale White, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, a fourth-round pick (No. 111) and a sixth-round pick.
Two hours after the acquisition of White the Seahawks made another move acquiring Jets restricted free agent running back Leon Washington in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
Coming into the draft the Seahawks had several needs they had to address to make this team the primetime contender they were a few years ago and one of those needs was running back.
With the additions of White and Washington it gives the Seahawks a formidable 1-2 punch in the backfield and adds that “lightning and thunder” approach to the backfield.
White, a former second-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft wanted to be traded after the Titans would not give him more playing time. His former coach Jeff Fisher had this to say about White.
“He wanted to play more and we couldn’t fit that into what we currently have but that’s something you always want to have in a player and on your team”.
Washington, a former fourth-round pick a few years back was electric in his early years in the NFL and made the NFL Pro Bowl in 2008 as a kick returner but severely blew-out his knee last year and the Jets have not been comfortable since.
Leon Washington tried to get a long-term contract extension done with the Jets even before he blew-out his knee and they were reluctant to do so. So Washington did the next best thing, sign his one-year tender and hope to get traded and that’s exactly what wound up happening.
There is an interesting story attached to this trade that involves another new Seahawk, tight end Chris Baker. Baker and Washington had scheduled to go fishing together Saturday (today) and Leon was ecstatic when he received the news that his friend that he was about to go fishing with was now his new teammate in Seattle.
So with the additions of Leon Washington and LenDale White to the Seahawks backfield things are looking up for Pete Carroll as he continues to rebuild this Seahawks team.