Seahawks trade Rob Sims and a 7th round pick to Detroit for DE Robert Henderson and their 5th round pick (133rd overall -- basically a late 4th). That's a good value pick in this deep draft, and could unearth a starter, especially on the offensive line. Gibbs loves the 4th and 5th rounders, and that's where we're picking up pick after pick.
Robert Henderson looks to be another potential special teams player with upside as a backup lineman. He is 6'3", 280 lbs and has a good first step, but his strength isn't what it should be and that's why he didn't really crack the NFL last year (drafted in 6th round by the Giants, wound up on the Lions squad). He runs a 4.8 40-yard dash which is better than most 280 lb humans. He played for Southern Mississippi and, when lining up inside, was a big threat. He could be a kick-blocking threat in addition to adding some special teams help. Henderson is only 26 years old.
I like this trade a lot. I love that Carroll + Co are building up our special teams in free agency so they don't have to worry about 'double threat' guys in the draft. Fix our offense and defense with young, high potential draft picks, and let special teams improve with low-risk signings (and a lot of them). People are seemingly upset that these are minor moves or, perhaps more likely, they think that these minor moves are big ones. So far, not a single player we have signed will be a starter this year, barring injury or superb performance. Everyone in the front office knows that. They said from day one we'd build through the draft, and we're now getting up there with the most picks of any team -- 10, Cleveland has 12, New England and Philly both have a bunch too -- and we're in a good position to get some dudes.
Posted by Steve Middleton but Chris Sullivan wrote it.