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Success later in the draft has left Seattle in enviable position going forward

John Schneider has mapped out his vision for the Seahawks' future and it involves detailed plans for keeping his team a contender for more than just one season.

They serve as the general manager's guidelines for how Seattle's roster is constructed, both in talent and money, and how to proceed in years to come.

The Seahawks didn't have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. That's fine by Schneider, who believes the Seahawks are in an enviable position, from the standpoint of roster talent and salary constraints, because of how often Seattle has hit on key players in the middle to late rounds of the draft over the past three years.

Those finds have left the Seahawks with a stacked roster and financial flexibility to make additions other teams can't.