Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said the team’s move to get Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego does not mean they will not take a quarterback early in today’s draft.
But a look at Seattle’s success with first-round quarterbacks might have Schneider thinking twice about making that move.
The Seahawks have had little success in grooming quarterbacks selected in the first round. Seattle selected Dan McGwire 16th overall in 1991, a prototypical, pocket passer from San Diego State. At 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, McGwire was thought to be the franchise quarterback Seattle coveted, but he lasted only four seasons in Seattle and later ended up in Miami, where he played for one more season.
McGwire, the brother of baseball slugger Mark McGwire, only started five games, throwing two touchdowns and six interceptions in his short career.
Rick Mirer was drafted two years later No. 2 overall in 1993 after New England took Drew Bledsoe with the No. 1 overall pick. The Notre Dame product played four seasons with Seattle, and also bounced around the league with stops in Chicago, the New York Jets, San Francisco and Oakland. He had a 24-44 career record, throwing 50 touchdowns and 76 interceptions.
The Seahawks also traded for the rights of St. Louis Cardinals first round pick Kelly Stouffer in 1988. The Colorado State product was drafted sixth overall in 1987, but sat out the entire 1987 season in a contract dispute with the Cardinals. Stouffer got a chance to start when Dave Krieg suffered a separated shoulder in 1988 and backup Jeff Kemp struggled. He was solid in spot duty, going 3-3 that season, but his career later fizzled and he was out of the league by 1992. He finished with seven touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
If Seattle goes quarterback in the first round, the logical choice would be Notre Dame product Jimmy Clausen. He passes the eye test on the field, but there are still questions about his leadership ability.
Rob Rang's Quarterbacks to consider Round Pick Name 1 (6, 14) Jimmy Clausen, 6-3, 222, Notre Dame Rob's rationale: A legitimate young QB to groom behind Hasselbeck and Whitehurst. Unlikely to be the 6th pick, but watch out if still available at No. 14. Highlights. 2 (60) Tim Tebow, 6-3, 236, Florida Rob's rationale: Seattle’s interest is legitimate. If he’s on the board at No. 60 (and they haven’t already taken Clausen), Tebow very easily could be the pick. Highlights. 4 (104, 127) Dan LeFevour, 6-3, 230, Central Michigan Rob's rationale: The MAC’s version of Tim Tebow, LeFevour threw for 102 touchdowns against only 36 interceptions in four years as the starter and was impressive at the Senior Bowl. Highlights 5 (133,139) Jonathan Crompton, 6-3, 222, Tennessee Rob's rationale: Among the country’s worst starting QBs in 2008, Crompton blossomed in one year under former Carroll assistant coach, Lane Kiffin in 2009. Highlights. 6 (176) Jevan Snead, 6-3, 219, Mississippi Rob's rationale: Stunned scouts with the decision to leave school early after a disastrous 2009 campaign, but has tools worthy of development. Highlights 7 (245) Matt Nichols, 6-2, 219, Eastern Washington Rob's rationale: A two-time Big Sky Offensive MVP, Nichols impressed at the East-West Shrine and is worthy of late round consideration.