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2024 NFL Draft: Seahawks win drops them two spots in Round 1 draft order

The Seahawks won their way to a worse draft pick.

Seattle Seahawks v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks knew their playoff fate was sealed before the end of their game against the Arizona Cardinals. A 17-9 win by the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears eliminated Seattle at a time when they were already trailing Arizona. While some fans may have rooted for a loss at this point, this is the real world and these are human beings who care not about deliberately losing a game for draft position in the middle portion of Round 1. In the end, the Seahawks were able to pull off a 21-20 victory, aided heavily by Matt Prater’s missed field goals.

Where does that leave Seattle? They’re pretty much smack dab in the middle of the Round 1 order for the 2024 NFL Draft. Had they lost, they would’ve been at No. 14 overall due to results from other games. The win cost them two spots based on the strength of schedule tiebreaker.

Here’s where the Seahawks stand in the Round 1 draft order, exclusively among the teams that did not make the playoffs.

2024 NFL Draft Round 1 Order (non-playoff teams only)

  1. Chicago Bears (7-10) (via 2-15 Carolina Panthers)
  2. Washington Commanders (4-13)
  3. New England Patriots (4-13)
  4. Arizona Cardinals (4-13)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-12)
  6. New York Giants (6-11)
  7. Tennessee Titans (6-11)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
  9. Chicago Bears (7-10)
  10. New York Jets (7-10)
  11. Minnesota Vikings (7-10)
  12. Denver Broncos (8-9)
  13. Las Vegas Raiders (8-9)
  14. New Orleans Saints (9-8)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (9-8)
  16. Seattle Seahawks (9-8)
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)
  18. Cincinnati Bengals (9-8)

And for what it’s worth, the Seahawks’ third-round pick via the Denver Broncos trade in the 2023 NFL Draft will come courtesy of the New Orleans Saints, who finished with a better record than Denver. The pick was either going to be Denver’s native pick or New Orleans’ pick previously sent to Denver, and we have our answer.

Let the draft speculation begin!