The Seattle Seahawks have their starting quarterback in Russell Wilson, signed Brady Quinn in free agency as the backup and brought back third-year pro Josh Portis because of his knowledge of the team’s offense.
So the Seahawks are good at quarterback, right?
Not so fast. Seahawks general manager John Schneider would not rule out selecting a quarterback in this year’s daft to add competition to the quarterback room. Wilson was the first quarterback the Schneider/Pete Carroll regime selected during their tenure in Seattle, and they hit a home run with the third-round selection.
But there are some interesting prospects that Seattle could consider in this year’s draft. Among them, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel fits the mold of what Seattle is looking for. At 6-5 and 237 pounds, Manuel played in a pro-style offense at Florida State, has a strong arm, is mobile and accurate. But Manuel likely will not be available when Seattle selects in the second round at No. 56.
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A more realistic option is Arizona’s Matt Scott as a mid-round pick. Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith reportedly worked out Scott a few weeks ago.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, reviews quarterbacks and running backs Seattle might select in each round of this year’s draft.
Round Pick Name2 (56) Eddie Lacy, 5-11, 231, AlabamaRob's rationale: Unlikely available. Offers similar blend of power, vision as Lynch but is lighter on his feet. A terrific spin move. Likely to slip into 2nd due to marginal speed.
3 (87) Matt Scott, 6-2, 213, ArizonaRob’s rationale: Dual-threat passer who threw five times as many TDs as INTs in his only full season as a starter after backing up Nick Foles. Raw but significant upside.
4 (123) Zac Dysert, 6-3, 231, Miami (OHIO) Rob's rationale: Well-built passer with a high school background at linebacker. Strong arm and will with surprising mobility. Didn’t get rattled when facing better competition.
5 (138, 158) Jordan Rodgers, 6-2, 202, VanderbiltRob's rationale: Younger brother of Green Bay’s Aaron… Some legitimate arm talent. Mobile. Some savvy for the position. Handled tough coaching, competition.
6 (194) Dennis Johnson, 5-7, 196, ArkansasRob's rationale: Overshadowed by Knile Davis but was more productive player. All-purpose specialist who could help take over role left with Leon Washington’s release.
7 (220, 231, 241 and 242) Jeff Tuel, 6-3, 218, Washington StateRob's rationale: Local product who was beaten up behind a porous offensive line but showed at least adequate arm strength, good overall athleticism and some toughness.