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Coin flip lands Seahawks 12th pick in draft | NFL combine notebook

The Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss Friday and were awarded the 11th pick of the first round, leaving Seattle to choose at No. 12.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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INDIANAPOLIS — The coin flip to decide the first-round draft order landed with a thud for the Seahawks.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss Friday and were awarded the 11th pick of the first round, leaving Seattle to choose at No. 12.

Both teams finished last season 7-9 and had the same strength of schedule. Because the Seahawks are in the NFC and the Chiefs in the AFC, divisional and conference tiebreakers did not apply, so the coin flip was used to determine the draft order.

General manager John Schneider represented the Seahawks at the coin toss, which was conducted by a league official at a hotel.

"I can't believe he called tails," coach Pete Carroll joked.

Actually, there wasn't a call. The NFL used a coin that had the Seahawks' logo on one side and the Chiefs' on the other, so Schneider wasn't on the spot to choose.

"He did get his butt kicked, though," Carroll said.

This is the third time in four years that Seattle's first-round choice will follow Kansas City's.

Moore, not less

At the scouting combine, players are separated into position groups and assigned numbers. Boise State's Kellen Moore is QB 13, which is significant because Arizona State's Brock Osweiler happens to be QB 14.

That made side-by-side comparisons inevitable between the 6-foot-7 Osweiler and Moore, who measured at 6 feet. Barely.

"Six and a whole bunch of zeroes," said Moore, who is from Prosser. "You guys can happily let everyone know that."

Moore won 50 games as a starting quarterback at Boise State and threw more touchdown passes than all but one player in college history.

Age-old question

Age may be nothing more than a number, but it's something Brandon Weeden always ends up talking about.

The Oklahoma State quarterback is 28, a fact that works its way into every interview.

"It used to kind of get under my skin," Weeden said, "but there can be a lot worse things I can be answering questions about."

Weeden played baseball for five seasons in the minor leagues, never rising above Class A. He started the past two seasons at Oklahoma State, and is considered a solid candidate to be chosen in the second round. Between now and then, you can bet he'll hear some more questions about his age, which is the one thing he can't change.

"I wish I could pull a Danny Almonte," he said.

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