The Seahawks' 36-20 season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons coupled with the results of the rest of the NFL's Divisional Round playoff games from this past weekend affirms Seattle of the No. 26 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which is set to take place April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The first 20 spots in the draft are determined by the record of non-playoff teams using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker. For playoff teams, the order is determined by record and round in which teams are eliminated. With just the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Falcons still in contention, that means picks 1-28 are now set.
The Seahawks also held the No. 26 overall pick in last year's draft, but traded it to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the 31st pick in the first round and a third-round pick (No. 94 overall), selections Seattle used on offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and tight end Nick Vannett. The Broncos used the 26th pick last year to draft quarterback Paxton Lynch.
Seattle has used the No. 26 overall pick just once in franchise history, selecting center Chris Spencer at the spot in 2005 out of Mississippi. Spencer went on to play six seasons for the Seahawks, playing in 80 games with 70 starts, including 16 starts in 2010, the team's first year under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.
Leading up to last year's draft, NFL.com put together a list of the best players ever drafted at each spot in the first round, landing on former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as the game's most productive 26th overall pick. Seahawks Ring of Honor member Dave Brown, a first-round pick by the Steelers in 1975, was also selected at No. 26 overall, and before Lynch was taken at No. 26 last year, the previous five drafts saw receiver Breshad Permian (2015), defensive lineman Marcus Smith (2014), linebacker Datone Jones (2013), linebacker Whitney Mercilus (2012), and receiver Jon Baldwin (2011) taken at No. 26 overall.
Following their 36-20 season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Seahawks cleaned out their lockers at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.