We begin our annual position-by-position look at this year’s draft with Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, who once again has graciously agreed to take a look at the draft from a Seahawks’ perspective.
Seattle appeared to fill the team’s need at quarterback by signing Matt Flynn in free agency.
However, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider traveled to watch the pro days of Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler in March.
And offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell attended Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson’s pro day.
Carroll and Schneider haven’t drafted a quarterback since taking over in January 2010. But they still consider improving the overall talent at that position one of their top priorities.
“It just happens like that,” Schneider said. “You can’t just manufacture a guy. You can’t just create him. When you do that is when you get in trouble, so you have to take steps until you get there.
“It’s not like we’re against taking risk. I think Pete and I and the staff have proved we’re willing to take risks, but they can’t be risks that would completely set the organization back.”
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, reviews quarterbacks Seattle might select in each round of this year’s draft.
First round, 12th pick: Ryan Tannehill, 6-4, 221, Texas A&M
Rob’s rationale: With Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart, the Seahawks would be able to provide Tannehill with the time he needs to develop to take advantage of his impressive skill-set.
Second round, 43rd pick: Kirk Cousins, 6-3, 214, Michigan State
Rob’s rationale: An effective game-manager who some scouts compare to Flynn, Cousins’ intangibles will win him points with coaches.
Third round, 75th pick: Brock Osweiler, 6-7, 242, Arizona State
Rob’s rationale: Undeniably raw but boasts the size, surprising athleticism and big arm worthy of developing.
Fourth round, 106th pick: Russell Wilson, 5-11, 204, Wisconsin
Rob’s rationale: Strong-armed, athletic and instinctive, Wilson has everything scouts are looking for except the size.
Sixth round, 181th pick: B.J. Coleman, 6-3, 232, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Rob’s rationale: A Tennessee transfer, Coleman offers intriguing upside and, frankly, would rank higher if a shoulder injury hadn’t hampered his senior season.
Seventh round, 225th pick: G.J. Kinne, 6-1, 234, Tulsa
Rob’s rationale: A Texas transfer, Kinne dominated Conference USA and stood out during the all-star game circuit, earning MVP of the inaugural NFLPA Bowl.