by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Seahawks will select 12th in the upcoming NFL draft after losing a coin flip with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday morning at the NFL scouting combine.
Seattle and Kansas City each finished the season with 7-9 records and had identical strength of schedules necessitating the coin flip to determine the draft order.
Kansas City won the toss and will pick 11th with Seattle picking 12th.
The Seahawks have never selected 12th in the draft, although having possession of the 12th pick helped lead to one of the biggest draft picks in franchise history.
Seattle held the 12th selection heading into the 1997 NFL draft. They traded the pick along with a third round selection to Tampa Bay for rights to the sixth pick in the draft. With the sixth pick, Seattle selected T Walter Jones who became a franchise cornerstone at left tackle and made nine Pro Bowls in his career.
Seattle currently holds six selections in the 2012 draft although compensatory draft picks have yet to be assigned. They have a selection in every round except the fifth-round, which was sent to Buffalo in exchange for RB Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks received a seventh-round pick from Oakland in exchange for LB Aaron Curry but also sent a seventh-round selection to Detroit in exchange for T Tyler Polumbus.
Seahawks open to moving T James Carpenter to left guard.
General Manager John Schneider told Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times that they aren't opposed to the idea of moving T James Carpenter into left guard.
Carpenter is in the midst of a lengthy recovery from a torn ACL suffered in practice on Nov. 16. Carpenter started the season opener at left guard for an injured G Robert Gallery before starting the final seven games at right tackle before the injury ended his season.
Carpenter was replaced by T Breno Giacomini for the final seven games at right tackle and played well in Carpenter's absence. Seattle rewarded Giacomini with a two-year contract extension worth $4.5 million in base salary.
Carpenter may not be ready for the start of training camp with the timetable of his recovery still unknown and the extension for Giacomini gives Seattle some security at the position.
"(Giacomini) played real well," Schneider told the Seattle Times, "so we were really worried about losing him quite honestly. So we wanted to be able to have him to cover for James, and we may move James, too. James may play some left guard."
Carpenter played left guard at the Senior Bowl a year ago in addition to his time at left tackle for Alabama, so he is familiar with the left side of the line. His familiarity on the left side was one of the reasons why Seattle turned to him with Gallery's injury.
Carpenter was drafted to be the right tackle of the future, but if the best line the team can put out has him playing left guard instead, expect Seattle to seriously consider that possibility.