My .02c! Seahawks should wait to draft a QB till later rounds

90’s White Lion Song. Wait…Wait

Remember that I am saying that the Seahawks should  wait to draft a quarterback. In the end, it is out of my control.

If Ryan Tannehill — the almost certain number three quarterback behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III — is still available at No.12, Pete Carroll will jump on him. Take my word for it.

Tannehill really impressed the Seattle staff. Carroll and Co. were so in love with him that sources say they were considering trading up in front of Miami to grab him.

In reality Tannehill will likely be gone by the time Seattle’s on the clock.

Teams like Cleveland, Miami, Jacksonville, and Kansas City have all shown interest in the Aggie quarterback at some point this offseason.

By the rare chance that Tannehill is still around, Seattle should think twice before they jump the gun.

More Needs

The Seahawks have many other areas that they need to focus on. Although their defense made a big statement to the rest of the league last season, the front line could barely put any pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

At their pre-draft press-conference today Q tweeted what Pete Carroll said about the pass rush…

There is also lack of talent at the linebacker position now that David Hawthorne has signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Q noted Pete said the following about Hawthorne’s replacement…

Where does that leave us you ask? If Barrett Ruud is healthy sounds like they keep him at Mike, and K.J. Wright on the outside.

The offensive line could use some work, and how about adding some downfield threats that will actually stay healthy for a season?

What about the fact that Seattle recently signed Matt Flynn on a three-year deal that could be worth up to $26 million. That’s not the type of money a backup receives.

Although there is skepticism surrounding Flynn, the former Green Bay backup that has only started in two games, he needs to get a chance to prove himself. Strong performances have given many confidence that Flynn can be the long-term answer that Seattle has been looking for since Matt Hasselbeck.

Even he wasn’t as secure as other franchise quarterbacks around the league.

And what about Tarvaris Jackson? He played exceptionally well during the second half of the season, leading Seattle on a 5-2 hot streak into contention for the final NFC wild card spot.

Josh Portisis the current third-string tosser. He has talent and familiarity with Pete Carroll, but Seattle still needs to find a long-term backup for Jackson/Flynn or a future starter if they can’t play up to expectations.

Ryan Tannehill 2012 NFL Draft

Say NO to Ryan! Use the first round on a need, and let the quarterback fall later in the draft. - (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Use the first round on a need, and let the quarterback fall later in the draft.

Here are several quarterback candidates that will be available in the later rounds of the draft:

Second Round (43rd pick): Brock Osweiler, Arizona State

Osweiler is a promising prospect who has seen his draft stock rise significantly over the past few months. In his senior year as a Sun Devil, he threw for over 4,000 yards and completed 60% of his passes.

His huge 6-7 frame gives him the size and strength to stay on his feet.

Third Round (75th pick): Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Cousins is constantly compared to Matt Flynn, with excellent accuracy but weaker on the arm strength. This also sounds like Matt Hasselbeck. He threw well at the combine and shows impressive pocket presence.

He played well against good teams, but failed to produce late in the game against weaker opponents.

Fourth Round (106th pick): B.J. Coleman, UT – Chattanooga

Coleman had barely been heard of until a stellar performance in the East-West Shrine game put him on the draft radar. He excels with short passes, but his accuracy has not been up to par. Along with accuracy, he will need to spend time rewiring his decision-making ability before he is ready to start in the NFL.

Sixth Round (181th pick): Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

Wilson has one of the strongest arms in this draft class. He has the speed to escape pressure from both sides and can get the ball of just in time. He throws his passes with a perfect spiral, and they are consistently on the mark.

His size will be a concern, for he needs to shift to the side to release the ball without it getting easily swatted away.

Seventh Round (225th pick): G.J. Kinne, Tulsa

Originally from Texas, Kinne played very well in his last year at Tulsa. He is praised for his confidence with the long ball and his arm strength. He also can gain yards on the ground, something that has been very important in recent NFL seasons for a quarterback.


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