BY SPNW Staff 08:08AM 02/24/2012

Seahawks Lose Flip, Will Pick 12th in NFL Draft

The Seahawks have never selected 12th in the draft, but will April 26, barring a trade. Seattle is expected to select a pass rusher.

Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, who had only 33 sacks in 2011, are expected to go for a pass rusher in the April 26 NFL draft. / Sportspress Northwest file

The Seattle Seahawks will have the No. 12 overall pick in the April 26 National Football League draft after losing a coin flip with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday morning at the league’scombine headquarters in Indianapolis. The Seahawks and Chiefs finished the 2011 season with 7-9 records, so the coin flip was needed to determine draft order.

“We’ll survive with No. 12,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on the team’s web site. “We would have liked to pick 11, but 12 is right there.”

The Seahawks have never held the 12th overall spot in the draft. In 2003, they owned the 11th spot, using it on Washington State cornerback Marcus Trufant.

A number of outstanding players have been selected at No. 12 overall, including Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, drafted in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills. Lynch led the Seahawks in rushing in each of the past two seasons.

Two Pro Football Hall of Fame players have been selected at No. 12: CB Herb Adderley, by Green Bay, in 1961, and quarterback Joe Namath, by St. Louis, in 1965. Namath never played for the Cardinals, signing instead with the American Football League’s New York Jets.

Neither the Seahawks nor Chiefs called “heads or tails.” The NFL used a coin with Seattle’s logo on one side and Kansas City’s on the other.

In an earlier coin flip to determine the eighth and nine positions in the draft, the Dolphins logo came up, giving Miami the No. 8 slot in the draft, meaning that the Carolina Panthers will select ninth.

Given Seattle’s meager sack total in 2011 (33), most draftniks believe the Seahawks will use the No. 12 pick on a pass rusher. Heading into the combine, the following pass rushers attracted the most attention (listed alphabetically):

Quinton Coples, 6-6, 285, DE, North Carolina: The top senior on this list is exclusively a quickness and power rusher who can play several spots on the defensive line. Scouts question Coples’ intensity on an every-down basis, but is considered strong enough to start in the NFL right now.

Michael Brockers, 6-6, 310, DL, LSU: Brockers capped off a tremendous sophomore season with a big showing in the national title game. Considered an explosive interior lineman who is better at stopping the run than sacking the quarterback. Sophomore started only one year at LSU, but has a lot of upside, scouts say.

Fletcher Cox, 6-4, 295, DL, Mississippi State: Cox is one of the hidden values at the defensive line position. Scouts feel that he’s one of the few available three-down defenders and offers the ability to play as many as four positions on the defensive line. He had 56 tackles and five sacks in 2011.

Whitney Mercilus, 6-4, 265, DE/OLB, Illinois: Considered a well-rounded pass rusher, who can be effective in many different ways; led the nation in sacks in 2011 with 16 and forced fumbles (9). Most common descriptions: “extremely athletic,” “strong,” “sheds blocks while pass rushing.”

Nick Perry, 6-3, 250, DE-OLB, USC: The underclassman, and the Trojans’ defensive lineman of the year, is a top pass rusher who was a finalist for the Hendricks Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive end. Combines quickness and speed. Led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 13.

Devon Still, 6-4, 310, DL, Penn State: Considered the best run stopper in this year’s draft class. Explosive, tough and, according to scouts, does the little things well. One  report said, “Still is not a play-maker with eye popping production, rather a steady lineman who won’t make many mistakes.” Had 4.5 sacks in 2011.

Courtney Upshaw, 6-2, 273, DE-OLB, Alabama: Considered the best pass-rusher in Alabama’s suffocating defense. Scouts expect the same from him in the NFL. The question is whether he will play outside linebacker, defensive end, or both. Ranked 14th nationally with 17 tackles for loss.

Over the past 20 years, the following have been the best selections at No. 12, ranked by Pro Bowl appearances:

Year Player Position Drafted By Round Pick PB
1995 Warren Sapp DT Tampa Bay 1 12 7
1998 Keith Brooking LB Atlanta 1 12 5
1994 Aaron Glenn DB N.Y. Jets 1 12 3
1997 Warrick Dunn WR Tampa Bay 1 12 3
2004 Jonathan Vilma LB N.Y. Jets 1 12 3
2005 Shawne Merriman LB San Diego 1 12 3
2007 Haloti Ngata DT Baltimore 1 12 3

YourThoughts

  • HungerGatherer

    15-year veteran. Minor league contract.

    Classic Mariner deal – take a guy that was good about two years ago and hope for a bounce-back year. Would someone rip that page out of the front office’s playbook please?

    Step up M’s ownership. This is the big leagues.

  • HungerGatherer

    15-year veteran. Minor league contract.

    Classic Mariner deal – take a guy that was good about two years ago and hope for a bounce-back year. Would someone rip that page out of the front office’s playbook please?

    Step up M’s ownership. This is the big leagues.

  • Herb Huseland

    After several years in denial, I have finally concluded that the Japanese owners of this franicise have no intention of going for it all. Boeing, Microsoft, where are you when your town needs you.

  • Herb Huseland

    After several years in denial, I have finally concluded that the Japanese owners of this franicise have no intention of going for it all. Boeing, Microsoft, where are you when your town needs you.

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