History proves this is not the best choice
As it was reported by CBS Sports on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are indeed among the elite few who like their chances on obtaining the number two overall pick in this years draft.
Upon hearing this news, I jumped with joy, for about a minute, and then thought of all of the past NFL flops that have been produced out of the first round in the draft.
Don’t forget the past
Does the name Rick Mirer ring any bells for Seahawks fans? Sure we got the one over from the Patriots that season, classic Belichick before he was even the head coach there, and were forced to pick Mirer, but it still stings in this fans body.
Most of the time when a first overall selection is coming into his new city, the franchise is in turmoil and it resembles more of a feeding the young to the wolves, than a talented QB playing on the field.
The situation for the Seahawks would be different, as they have one of the best running games in the league, a decent line, and a corps of young talented receivers that promise to get better.
But I am still skeptical about this move. The Seahawks would give away their number twelve pick, probably another two or three in this years draft, and deplete their drafts for the next two years as well. And for what?
The projected number two pick is Robert Griffin III, a great QB with great speed, a great arm, and a terrific build. The problem? He does not fit the style the Seahawks play.
Neither does Tarvaris Jackson for that matter.
If the Seahawks are hell bent on making a move for a QB, I would like to see them put together a package for Jake Locker of the Titans, rather than one for the number two pick.
Locker fits our style, a pocket passer, who can run when needed, and has one hell of an arm. Plus, he is already a fan favorite in Seattle.
But that ship has sailed, and they will most likely not even think about a move like this.
The main offenders
Here is where history comes into play. Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, Joey Harrington, David Carr, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, I could go on, but I think you all get the idea.
All of these players were touted with the “saving our franchise” tag. And all of them flopped like fish gasping for water on the flat of the boat.
They all had stellar collegiate careers, and were thrown into the starting position as soon as they landed in the NFL, going back to my above comment.
If the Seahawks really want to find the QB of the future, I just can’t see them unloading a bunch of picks and talent for the number two pick this season.
Maybe RGIII works out, and really is what he claims to be, or maybe Andrew Luck falls to the number two, and we nab him instead.
None of it matters if we throw away all the necessary picks to build a future around them.