Schneider broke in to the NFL in 1992 as an intern with Green Bay, but quickly earned a promotion to pro personnel assistant. He stayed in that job until he received a job offer from the KC Chiefs to be their director of player personnel, which he did from 1997 - '99. After Kansas City, Schneider held the same job in Seattle in 2000, then moved to Washington, D.C. in 2001 to be the Redskins' vice president of player personnel for a year before returning to Green Bay to serve as personnel analyst to the general manager. He was promoted in 2008 to director of football operations and stayed in that position before returning to Seattle to become the Seahawks' general manager.
Looking at Schneider's employment history, would you have guessed that when he accepted that first job with Green Bay he was just 19 years old? The guy's only 38, but he's already spent half his life doing personnel evaluations at the NFL level. Eleven of those years he spent working for Ted Thompson in various capacities, and he worked on Mike Holmgren-coached teams for six years.
Jazz pianist Hank Jones once said, "I am the sum total of everything that I have experienced musically," and after reading through Schneider's resume I began to think about all his experiences in NFL personnel departments. There's only one year of data on him as a general manager, but perhaps some of his drafting tendencies could be identified if we looked at all the drafts he's been through in his NFL career? So, I started up Excel, typed up all the relevant data (Schneide'rs position in each year, who the head coach and GM were, information on each draft pick, etc.), then turned it in to a pivot table so that I could easily see where in the draft the GMs Schneider has worked for have typically drafted various positions, which in turn could tell us where in the draft Schneider might target those same positions.
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According to WalterFootball.com, these are Seattle's main needs this offseason:
2) Strong Safety
3) Right Tackle
4) Left Defensive End
5) #1 Wide Receiver
6) Right Guard & Center
After consulting my spreadsheet, here are the rounds in which those positions were drafted the most often:
1) Cornerback & Safety:
5 drafted in the 1st round
4 drafted in the 2nd
5 drafted in the 3rd
4 drafted in the 6th
2) Offensive Tackle
6 drafted in the 1st round
3) Defensive End
3 drafted in the 4th round
4) Wide Receiver
6 drafted in the 2nd round
6 drafted in the 6th round
5) Guard & Center
4 drafted in the 7th round
4 drafted in the 5th round
1 drafted in the 6th round
If the above is anything by which to judge, Schneider is most likely to select an offensive tackle in the 1st round, may prefer waiting until the second round to draft a wide receiver, will have no problem pulling the trigger on a defensive back anywhere in the draft, might hold off on picking up a defensive end until the 4th round, will possibly take a flyer on a developmental QB in the 5th round and WR in the 6th, and could pick up some interior linemen in the 7th.
I'd say our 3 top needs are Quarterback. Cornerback, and Right tackle.
Quarterback is a huge need because of several reasons. 1. we only have 1 QB on the roster (non-free agents), 2 even if we resign Hasselbeck, the coaching staff has not given sufficient reason to believe they think Whitehurst is capable enough to hold the reins(IE wanting to resign Hasselbeck) 3. We are drafting low, this particular draft has about 3-5 really talented but developmental QBsand one will be available to us at #25, and draft position has a strong impact on who will be available.4. Good Qbs will be locked up or go to bigger markets, and im not sure anyone available in trade is significantly better than M.H. or C.W.
Cornerback is very important especially with teams running many 3-5 WR sets, the fact that its a passing league where QB's are protected. couple that with the fact that we really have only 1 CB at the moment who is a capable starter, and one who maybe a nickle or dime CB, we need some more talent. There will be a few free agents available but being deep in CB is never considered a bad thing.
Right tackle: We need a strong starting right tackle and , depending on if we resign Spencer, either a center and guard or two guards. We have Unger, not the best guard, but a highly capable center, and there are a few free agents our there as well to shore up holes, at guard or center, but not many tackles will be available.
It wouldnt suprise me at all to see 1. QB, 2. CB, 4 RT, 5 CB, 6. WR. 7.DE 7. PK
RecordBlender...had a well thought out list of picks to match with yours when I got the word the Union decertified...oh well, it was fun while it lasted...no draft this year. Bummer, one of my favorite times of the year. take care guys, over and out
BrotherE I could not agree with you more. Tru can still be a good corner for us, but not the caliber we want. Walter Thurmond showed some ability last year. Specifically against the Cards, when he shut down Larry F, granted their QB was not helping the situation. I still think QB is more important. Hope to God that the CBA gets figured out before the draft so we can see if a deal with Hass is possible or not. If we do get him, and during our pick there is a stud corner available I would seriously consider taking him. Also, Kevin Kolb is a very interesting thought as well. I read this article http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/34154/where-kevin-kolb-fits-in-nfc-west It shows how Kolb would fit into our scheme. I think the front office should take a real look at this. Obviously our 1st round pick would be a part of that deal. It was just announced that with over 13bil in Paul Allen's pocket, we are the richest team, and a big enough cash prize could draw some teams in, for a lower draft choice. All food for thought
@jrobbs12 jrobbs12. Not into Kolb, he may be good but will be way too expensive in draft picks. We cannot afford him and many others will be after him. QB is essential; Matt plus a high draft QB to sit behind him for a year is the way to go if we can sign Matt. Of course, now it looks very unlikely a deal will be done with the Union and Owners, it is bleak. I'm alittle out of focus this morning due to the quake in Japan, have relatives there.
Nice write up! It's great to have someone posting articles again. Thank you.
I think this is very telling and something that doesn't surprise me. Here's a list of guys I think he's targeting through the first couple of rounds:
1. Gabe Carimi, Jake Locker, Stephen Paea, Mike Pouncey
2. Ras-I Dowling, Marvin Austin, Greg Little, Marcus Cannon
4. Austin Pettis, Casey Mathews, John Moffit, Dontay Moch
Whether or not Hass is re-signed, QB is still a higher priority than Walter Football suggests. Hass is at best one big hit away from retirement. Maybe Whiterhurst can be a solid, if not great, quarterback. The thinking on Whitehurst is just as important as signing Hass as far as what priority QB is.
If Mallet, Locker or maybe Ponder are available, the Schnide will have to think seriously about taking him.
JR12...good points...I think much the same except I have Big Red at DE and believe he will take that position again but Dexter does need playing time. I see the middle as weak and partly because Lofa has been hurt so much, we really need an inside LB as Curry is an outside backer. Now if he could move inside it would be interesting. The Heater can play anywhere but I would put him in the middle if we have Cole and Mebane standing strong in the middle. Still, our real weakness (all injuries put aside) is CB...Marcus is on the way down and we have no one solid on the other side. We need a big, man-to-man corner who bumps and runs. What do you think about us trading down out of the 25th pick?
I agree and Disagree E,
I think we need a DE way more than a DT( assuming we resign Mebane). Clemons and Brock did bring the heat last year but they are both a few years into their thirties. I like both of them, and I think a young DE would do great learning from to guys like them. But also, I think everyone forgot about Big Red Bryant. That dude is a beast!! When Cole, Mebane, and Red were healthy we were in the top 5 in the league in run defense. Also, I believe that Dexter Davis can turn into a producing pass rusher. Most d line men don't flourish as rookies, and I think he could turn into a good player
Christian...excellent research and analysis...there is a pattern there for sure. I strongly believe corner is what we need above all else, if Matt is resigned...if not then we have to go QB. If we get Gallery out of free agency then the Dline would be next, DT not end as I like Clemons and Brock if we can resign him. A very speedy WR would also be nice plus a real fullback that can catch and run. Thanks for your time doing this E