Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
The Seahawks have never selected the number one overall pick in any draft, although they have selected the second overall pick twice, the third overall pick three times and the fourth overall pick twice. The team's three selections from Notre Dame are the most chosen by the Seahawks from one university.
^The Dallas Cowboys traded the 14th pick of the 1977 first round and two 1977 second round picks to the Seahawks for the 2nd pick of the 1977 first round pick (Tony Dorsett).
^The Buffalo Bills traded the 10th pick of the 1980 first round to the Seahawks for the 16th pick of the 1980 first round (Jim Ritcher) and a 1980 third round pick.
^The Houston Oilers traded the 2nd pick of the 1983 first round pick (Eric Dickerson) to the Los Angeles Rams for the 3rd pick of the 1983 first round pick,a 1983 fourth round pick, and a 1984 fourth round pick. The Oilers then traded the 3rd pick of the 1983 first round to the Seahawks for the 9th pick of the 1983 first round pick (Bruce Matthews), a 1983 second round pick, and a 1983 third round pick.
^The Seahawks traded the 10th pick of the 1990 first round (Ray Agnew) that they had received from the Colts the prior year and their 8th pick of the 1990 first round to the New England Patriots for the 3rd pick of the 1990 first round and a 1990 second round pick.
^The Seahawks traded their 14th pick of the 1996 first round (Eddie George) to the Houston Oilers for Glenn Montgomery and the 17th pick of the 1996 first round (LB Reggie Brown). The Seahawks then traded Brown to the Detroit Lions for the 21st pick of the 1996 first round and a 1996 third round pick.
^The Seahawks traded the 11th pick of the 1997 first round (Michael Booker), a 1997 second round pick, a 1997 third round pick, and a 1997 fourth round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for the 3rd pick of the 1997 first round and a 1997 third round pick.
^The Seahawks traded the 17th pick of the 1999 first round (Damien Woody) to the New England Patriots for the 20th pick of the 1999 first round (Ebenezer Ekuban), a 1999 third round pick and a 1999 sixth round pick. The Dallas Cowboys then traded the 22nd pick of the 1999 first round and a 1999 fifth round pick to the Seahawks for Ebenezer Ekuban.
^The Seahawks traded Joey Galloway to the Dallas Cowboys for the 19th pick of the 2000 first round pick and the 7th pick of the 2001 first round (Andre Carter).
^The San Francisco 49ers traded the 9th pick of the 2001 first round, a 2001 third round pick, and a 2001 seventh round pick to the Seahawks for the 7th pick of the 2001 first round and a 2001 sixth round pick.
^The Green Bay Packers traded the 28th pick of the 2002 first round pick (Jerramy Stevens) and a 2002 second round pick to the Seahawks for the 20th pick of the 2002 first round pick (Javon Walker) and a 2002 fifth round pick.
^The Oakland Raiders traded the 26th pick in the 2005 first round pick (Chris Spencer) and a 2005 fifth round pick to the Seahawks for the 23rd pick of the 2005 first round.
^The Dallas Cowboys traded the 28th pick in the 2008 first round (Lawrence Jackson), a 2008 fifth round pick and a 2008 seventh round pick to the Seahawks for the 25th pick in the 2008 first round.