No matter what your opinion is about the way the Seahawks handled the firing of Jim Mora and the hiring of Pete Carroll, Seattle has definitely jumped back on the radar nationally.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reviews the league’s busy offseason, awarding Seattle the headline hire for a coach with Pete Carroll now on board, and the biggest, boldest move for the Charlie Whitehurst trade.
“There aren’t too many entirely blank slates in the NFL, but the Seahawks acquired one in quarterback Charlie Whitehurst earlier this month. The former Chargers No. 3 has never thrown a regular-season pass during his four NFL seasons, and he comes to Seattle in the pole position to eventually replace longtime starter Matt Hasselbeck. Watching how the Seahawks’ bet unfolds the next two years will make for some of the best theater in the league.”
Maybe we should take the Seahawks’ brass at their word when they say there is still a possibility the draft a quarterback in the first round. Perhaps the Seahawks might be laying in the weeds waiting to snap up Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. Here’s what one NFL scout had to say about Clausen to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports.
“He might be the most accurate thrower in the draft,” said a personnel executive for one AFC team. “I mean, he’s pinpoint accurate. He’d be a great West Coast [Offense] guy.”
Clausen’s agent has talked to the Seahawks, but he’s reportedly not schedule to visit Seattle. But that all could be part of this poker game as we get closer to draft day.
ESPN’s Brock Huard and Mike Salk talk to Texas quarterback Colt McCoy about his draft prospects in this audio link.
Fox Sport’s mock draft muncher now has Seattle selecting Clausen at No. 6 and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller at No.14.
Rob Rang, senior analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, says scouts and front office executives that he has talked to say that even though Tennessee safety Eric Berry is likely one of the top five players in the draft, he likely will not be drafted that high because teams do not want to give a safety top five money.