Auburn's leading tackler the past two seasons and a four-year starter for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers, Herring was the 24th player drafted in the fifth round, the 161st overall selection.
Herring, who made the move from free safety to strongside linebacker as a safety, got a long look from NFL scouts who watched him perform at linebacker in the Hula Bowl in January.
"The Seahawks told me that want me to play linebacker," says Herring, who notes that he talked with several Seattle coaches on Sunday, including head coach Mike Holmgren.
"Seattle isn't the team I was expecteding to draft me," Herring says. "I was surprised when they called, but I am really excited about the opportunity."
A second team All-SEC pick by the league's coaches last year, Herring also performed for scouts at AU's NFL Pro Day. He had an impressive workout for the scouts who put him through linebacker drills and safety drills. Herring was a second team All-SEC selection at safety his junior season.
Will Herring helped his Tigers post an 11-2 record last season.
Herring set an Auburn record for career consecutive starts as a senior. In Auburn's Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska, he made his 49th straight start for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.
Herring finished his career with 250 tackles and eight interceptions. He led the Tigers with 72 tackles last season, including 9 1/2 for lost yardage. He intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in 2006.