In July 2020, the Seattle Seahawks acquired Jamal Adams in a trade with the New York Jets. In the deal, they received a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft while sending first- and third-round picks in 2021 and a first-round pick in 2022. It was the first move in the Seahawks’ unprecedented dismantling of draft capital.
With only three of the 259 total selections in the 2021 draft, the Seahawks have the fewest picks since the New York Jets had three in 2009 and the lowest share of picks in NFL Draft history. It’s unfamiliar territory for John Schneider and Pete Carroll; since the pair arrived in 2010, the Seahawks have never had fewer than eight selections in one draft and averaged 9.5 selections over the last decade. Their 105 total picks over that time are the second-most among all teams.
With their first-rounder in the Jets’ possession (No. 23 overall), the Seahawks aren’t scheduled to pick until the 24th selection of the second round, No. 56 overall. And, barring a trade, they won’t pick again until No. 129 (fourth round) and again until No. 250 (seventh round). Before their first selection, the Jets will have picked three players – and the Jaguars will have picked four players.
As of Friday, April 23, no other team has fewer than six picks in the 2021 draft. The Jaguars and Jets, meanwhile, have 19 combined picks with 10 and nine apiece, tied for second- and seventh-most, respectively. Only the Philadelphia Eagles have more picks than the Jaguars, though five of the Eagles’ 12 picks are in the sixth and seventh rounds, and they don’t have multiple picks in the same round until the third round.
Here are teams with the most and fewest picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
|Team||Total Picks||Earliest Pick|
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