If there’s a silver lining in Blair Walsh’s casual game-winning field goal miss against the Arizona Cardinals to deny the Seattle Seahawks another 10-win season, it’s that his (presumably) last act with the Seahawks helped the team’s draft position.
Seattle will be picking 18th in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is as high as they’ve drafted since the 2012 NFL Draft, when they selected Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick. They’d actually traded down from their original 12th, having finished a Fisher-ian 7-9 that season.
Had Walsh made the field goal and Seattle had hung on for the win against the Cardinals, Seattle would’ve picked 20th, aka “last out of the non-playoff teams.” Of course, if Walsh had made his field goals in several key losses for the Seahawks this season, we’d probably be talking about Seattle’s playoff opponents right now.
Keeping in mind that the Seahawks do not have a second- or third-round pick in next year’s draft, which is scheduled for April 26th-28th in Arlington, Texas, so is anyone really thinking Seattle will actually make a pick at #18? Didn’t think so.