BY SPNW Staff 11:41AM 02/06/2018

NFL finalizes draft order, Seahawks at No. 18

Barring a trade, the Seahawks, 9-7 last year, will select 18th in the first round of the draft, its only choice in the first three rounds.

Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson (91) cost the Seahawks their 2018 second-round pick. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Barring a trade, the Seahawks will have the 18th pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft April 26. The second and third rounds follow April 27 and rounds four through seven are April 28. Seattle went 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in six years, accounting for a relatively high first pick.

The NFL finalized the final order of the first round Tuesday, two days after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. As the champion, the Eagles pick 32nd and last.

The Cleveland Browns, 0-16 in 2017, have the first pick and will be followed by the New York Giants (3-13), Indianapolis Colts (4-12) and the Browns, which received the fourth pick in a trade with the Houston Texans.

NFC West rival San Francisco (10-6) will pick either ninth or 10th, to be determined by a coin flip with the Oakland Raiders. Arizona (8-8), another division rival, select 15th while the defending division champion Los Angeles Rams (11-5) select 23rd.

Seattleā€™s most recent pick higher than 18th came in 2012 when the Seahawks chose DE Bruce Irvin at No. 15.

At the moment the Seahawks have only one pick in the first three rounds. Seattle traded its 2018 second-round selection to the New York Jets for DT Sheldon Richardson, and its third rounder to Houston to acquire LT Duane Brown.

The Seahawks have their own pick in the fourth round, three picks in the fifth and two in the seventh.

The Seahawks have twice picked 18th, in 1979 when they drafted defensive tackle Manu Tuiasosopo, and in 1987, when they took DE Tony Woods.

The Tennessee Titans had the 18th pick last year and selected CB Adoree Jackson of USC.


  • Kirkland

    If Thomas is traded, it has to involve two or more picks.

    • art thiel

      He’s the only franchise asset potentially available that can make the Seahawks whole in this draft.

  • woofer

    Hawks are seriously looking at a 6’10” burly 400 pound specimen recently spotted roaming the hills of Kazakhstan. Films show outstanding quickness in dodging avalanches and large boulders. He’s never seen a football of course but has great upside potential. And being pure unadulterated raw potential, he can be plugged in just about anywhere with equal effect.

    • Ron

      Can he replace Jimmy Graham? Tall, check. Outstanding quickness for dodging blocking assignments, check. Capable of dropping easy catches, check.

      • art thiel

        You’re confusing him with Borat.

        • wabubba67

          Borat has a sister that I would like to draft.

    • Ken S.

      Good one!

    • art thiel

      If you listen carefully to the audio, he says, “Come get me!”

  • wabubba67

    If there at #18 (Kiper currently has him going at #19 to Cowboys), Seahawks should grab Vita Vea. You can never have too many great DL/OL and that guy is an athletic freak! If not available, I expect Schneider to do his normal trading down routine

    • art thiel

      Vea has the combo skills to be a 15-year NFL D-lineman.