Draft season is never low on reports of teams considering all kinds of moves, but a recent report about the Seahawks is a head scratcher.
Tony Pauline of SI.com and DraftInsider.net reports that the team would really like to trade down out of the 12th spot in the draft. If they are able to trade down, the object of their affection is Alabama linebacker Donta Hightower. That makes sense as Hightower would help fill the void left by David Hawthorne’s departure as a free agent.
The head scratching part comes when Pauline discusses what the Seahawks might do if they aren’t able to trade down. They wouldn’t just take Hightower (or Boston College’s Luke Kuechly, if he’s available) with the 12th pick. Per Pauline, they would take Alabama safety Mark Barron and then move Kam Chancellor to outside linebacker to create space for Barron.
Such a move might work out. Chancellor played some linebacker in college and he’s got enough size to make it seem like a possibility, but it’s not like things aren’t working for him at safety. Chancellor wound up in the Pro Bowl last season, his second in the NFL, and his pairing with Earl Thomas would seem to give the Seahawks no reason to fix what isn’t even close to broken.
Lots of stuff gets thrown around in the month before the draft, but this seems like something best left on the drawing room floor.