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Carroll: McQuistan at left guard, LB Ruud not healthy

Post by Eric Williams on April 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm with 70 Comments »
April 23, 2012 2:01 pm

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider addressed reporters here the VMAC for about 45 minutes in a pre-draft press conference.

They covered a wide range of topics, but here are a couple tidbits.

Here’s what Carroll had to say about this year’s quarterback class.

“It’s a varied group, is what it is. There’s just all different sizes and shapes of guys. It’s a good group. There’s good football players across the board, but there’s not three or four guys that are the same.

“Each’s guy has kind of got his own individual kind of makeup and niche. So it’s been a challenge in that regard. They’re all unique. But we think there’s really unique players, and there’s almost one for everybody.”

Carroll said later that he was impressed with Ryan Tannehill when he watched him workout down at Texas A&M in March.

— Paul McQuistan is projected to be Seattle’s starting left guard right now, with John Moffitt remaining at right guard and Duece Lutui brought in to compete at right guard. Caroll says he likes the overall depth at the position, but they still are looking at prospects in the draft.

“I think we’re very competitive,” Carroll said. “And it’s going to be a physical, tough bunch of guys. So we feel pretty good about it. There’s some guys in the draft that we’re still looking at. But I like going in that we’re so much solid than we were Year 1, and even Year 2.”

— Barrett Ruud, Seattle’s projected starting middle linebacker, is not healthy. Carroll said he’s still recovering from groin, knee and shoulder injuries that landed him on the injured reserve while he was with Tennessee last year.

“He is working out, and he’s doing a lot of stuff,” Carroll said “But we’re going to be very careful with him in bringing him back.”

— Carroll reiterated that he still like’s K.J. Wright as an outside linebacker because of all the experience he gained playing there in his rookie season. However, Wright did practice a lot at middle linebacker because David Hawthorne was banged up most of the year, so Wright still provides some versatility at linebacker.

— Schneider was asked whether or not he has a sense of if teams are willing to move up into the top 10 for a specific player. And Schneider said he doesn’t have a sense of how that will play out at this time.

“I would think Wednesday evening into Thursday we’ll start getting a better feel,” Schneider said. “I know that there are a couple teams that would like to get back. It’s not an easy thing. The majority of those are done ‘right there.’ It’s on the clock, so you’re basically kind of waiting to see who’s going to come, and what players are sitting there. … We’re talking to a number of clubs, but its’ early in the evening.”

— I think you can scratch Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden off of Seattle’s list. One of the reasons I didn’t believe Seattle would take Baylor’s Danny Watkins last year in the first round was because of his age. I think Weeden is in the same category.

“He’s older than the other guys by a lot,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be 29, so it is an issue that you have to deal with.”

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  1. Blowin’ more smoke

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    Smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors indeed….

  3. Dukeshire says:

    As time goes on, Carroll and Schneider appear to be more and more straightforward, to me. All the “blowing smoke” stuff seems to be a fan assessment based on trying to read into their comments.

    I’m glad Carroll likes Wright at Sam. Granted, that does limit them a bit in the draft, unless they are taking Kuechly. But he played so well there as the season wore on, I’m hoping they get find a capable replacement at Mike, long term, so he can stay there.

  4. McQ at LG, and Lutui competing with Moffit?! They must REALLY be pissed at Moffit testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. I told y’all that was a concern…

    I still cant believe they think McQ is NFL starting material; Good God, that guy sucks! I cant count the number of times I saw him get pushed over backwards in pass pro, or fall on his face trying to make a block, or get manhandled when trying to drive-block his man..This is just sad.

    We’re NEVER gonna have a real NFL starting-caliber LG again; its the curse of the Ice Fisherman! Lol!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Why does that indicate they are angry at Moffitt? And while I was very critical of McQuistan during the pre-season. He was awful. But, he improved a great deal and played well the last 6 weeks of the season, IMO.

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    Well I’ve been reading GM comments since most of these bloggers here were in diapers. John comes from the GB system and they blow smoke and mirrors on draft week,he is not from the Jerry Jones school. But whatever you say Oh Carnac the Magnificent…

  7. HawkyHann says:

    The Ruud signing just got even more disgusting. He is hurt. PLus, he’s old and slow to begin with. No thanks, see ya….

  8. vichawkfan says:

    Doesn’t Hightower fill two needs, MLB and a pass rusher when called on? Ingram looks more like a Tapp player.

  9. Seahawks2620 says:

    My dream scenario would be Ingram at 12 and then either Bobby Wagner or Lavonte David at 43.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    SandpointHawk – He may be evasive, but I don’t see that as the same thing as intentionally misleading. And I too have been around a while, and for the most part, I find him as candid as they come.

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Smoke and Mirrors:The source of the name is based on magicians’ illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a confusing burst of smoke. The expression may have a connotation of virtuosity or cleverness in carrying out such a deception.

  12. Well, confirms how definitely we need help at LB; doesn’t necessarily need to be 1st round help – but somewhere on Thurs/Friday.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carroll said. “And it’s going to be a physical, tough bunch of guys. So we feel pretty good about it. There’s some guys in the draft that we’re still looking at. But I like going in that we’re so much solid than we were Year 1, and even Year 2.”

    I hope that one of those guys they are looking at will be stairing the FO in the face at #12! Than we will find out just how tough Carroll wants his group of interior O-lineman to be, by having a chance to take it to a whole new level!

  14. Palerydr says:

    Well for myself looking through the smoke and mirrors I see them drafting another QB this year to hedge their bets and turn up the volume at the QB competition.

    STTBM I disagree with your assessment of McQ he was playing very well and knocking people around towards the end of last season. While not an all pro he can get the job done and that counts for a lot in my book.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope the FO is blowing a little smoke this time of year!( Being that the draft is sometimes like a poker game ). If they aren’t than they are not doing the best for the Seahawks and everyone involved, including us fans, imo.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Why is that?

  17. Palerydr says:

    You 2 gonna start fightin again? Don’t make me flag both of you 15 yds for excessive negative blogging.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    I’m just curious. It seems a little odd to me, that’s all. Being evasive and flat out lying are two different things. I’m not trying to be argumentative.

  19. Palerydr says:

    K K I agree with that was just trying to lighten things up. Here’s a link you both should check out and have a laugh on me.

  20. bird_spit says:

    I would hope they are playing the cards that are dealt. I too believe it when I see it. Too much high stakes poker about to get played…God I love this week !

    If I had a guess, we will see DE Coples in ffirst round, and LB in the 6th or 7th, plus in free agency. I expect these guys have quite a few prospects they hope slide down and out of the draft. Get ready for these guys to dig deep to find some special players. I will bet a play maker will come in 2nd round…RB or WR. Our RB core needs a refresh..we need an upgrade on special teams, so look for speed, and physicality to fill the ranks.

  21. “Well for myself looking through the smoke and mirrors I see them drafting another QB this year to hedge their bets and turn up the volume at the QB competition.”

    I’d be pretty surprised if they do – seems like you don’t sign Flynn and not give him a real shot to see what he can do as a starter. Will obviously be very interesting if Tannehill is still on the board when we pick.

  22. “I will bet a play maker will come in 2nd round…RB or WR. Our RB core needs a refresh..’

    That sounds right to me too.

  23. To remind everyone who has stated otherwise: The Seahawks DID in fact check out Carpenter before the draft last year. I believe it was even reported on this blog, with a pic of him, that Seattle was taking a hard look at him. Of course, he was then rated a third-round prospect at best…

    No smoke and mirrors there, except that they wanted him so badly they passed on Dalton and drafted him in the first….

    And they did the same with Okung. And there also was plenty of talk that they were looking at Earl Thomas. People just didnt think they’d take him that high, but his stock rose rapidly as the draft approached as the Draftniks realized NFL teams coveted him far more than Draft “experts” thought…

    The clearest example of them using smoke and mirrors was when they Pooh-Poohed the idea they’d chase Manning–Schneid said everyone would likely be disappointed if they wanted Seattle to sign someone like him. He very nearly outright lied about thier intentions. Because of course when Manning became a FA, they did cartwheels trying to get a date with him…checkbooks blazing, indeed.

    Doesnt mean they will tell everyone thier draft intentions, nor that they are liars. A little of everything I guess. And it wouldnt really be smart for them to telegraph thier intentions now would it?

  24. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    brooks over at has us taking decastro at 12 in his latest mock.

  25. I hope we don’t take Coples. I just saw one video of him, and all he did was run into blockers while the qb passed for 20 yards. I can’t see Carroll taking a risk on a low-motor guy. But if we do, we do.

  26. raymaines says:

    If there is a QB drafted it would be Josh Portis that gets bumped, so they would only have to like a college guy better than Portis, not Flynn or Jackson, in order to draft him.

    Maybe in two years that QB would challenge Flynn, but not this year.

  27. Getting DeCastro/Curry 1-2 would be like winning the lottery. I already got Flynn this off-season, why not shoot for the stars!

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Someone stole my DeCastro poster! BobbyK, give it back!!!

  29. I’ve liked/loved him, too. It’s just that guard is about the last position on this team that we need to use a 1st round pick on. If Carp moves to LG and Moffitt is at RG, then there’s no real reason in the world to take a guard in this draft, let alone the 1st round. The main problem, however, is that DeCastro is simply that much better and as close to a sure thing as you’ll ever find. It kind of sucks the position we’re in. Do we want a Sam Bowie talent and go for need or do we take the better player? I know that’s not a great example, but it works in my head.

  30. nidhighe says:

    McQuistan being penciled in as the starter at LG suggests to me that the plan is for him to keep the seat warm for Carpenter when he’s healthy.

  31. I think so too (if DeCastro isn’t drafted).

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK- Chuck is starting to come through with us picking DeCastro. Now all we need is Dukeshires approval.Lol.

    Dukeshire- As you already know-

    -There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

    I believe being evasive are lies, with smoke screens being between lies and damed lies.
    This is football here. why would Carroll give away his intentions to any other NFL team? It would be like giving away your scriptive plays in a game to the other team.
    Some things just need to be secret from other teams, and unfortunately that means us fans too.

  33. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    i found 4 fresh mocks between yahoo sports and that have us taking decastro now. decastro curry would be a great start to the draft Bobby would take that all day long.

  34. I watched some more Coples “tape” and it seems to me that there are a bunch of plays where he’s getting pushed backwards and playing higher (I realize he’s taller) than he should and this is against college players. It seems he’s not as physical as often as he should or that his skill set indicates he should. If I’m a coach, I don’t want to coach a player like this. I want someone who will live up to their potential and be a warrior. If we draft someone at #12, we expect them to become good/great and, eventually, to become a team leader (vocal or by example) based on on-field production. I wouldn’t feel comfortable drafting Coples for this reason. I think later round picks are more for your gambles of taking a guy that is talented (as they did w/Portis as a FA – although I’d never do that with that position), but possibly troubled for whatever reason(s). These guys don’t make much and you can cut them if they make you mad. You can’t do this as much with high picks and have to ride them out if they don’t meet their potential right away like you hope they would. Just a thought from a coaches perspective.

  35. If they went DeCastro/Curry 1-2, yeah, I’d be the new Mr. Happy. If that happened, I’d hope for two front seven players in the 3rd and 4th rounds, with a RB in the 6th.

  36. Could Curry last to us in the 2nd? I sure hope so, but with all the chatter I just don’t see it happening – We can hope that maybe people will draft some of the other QB’s early (late 1st early 2nd) that way he can slip down to us.

    Since GB lost Flynn – where do they grab a new guy and who is that guy? Just curious to see where they go

  37. I agree, I think it would be really interesting to see what they’d do if Tannehil dropped to 12. JS said they’d take him in that scenario, but maybe he fully expects him to be gone by them. Hell, who knows!

    I also think they will take a QB in this draft. Com-Pete.

    Still, nice to look forward to a draft where you feel like the picks could be a surprise, instead of other clubs (and fans) knowing what you need and will do. Makes it fun!

  38. ryanryan says:

    why oh why would we sign an older linebacker that isn’t even freaking healthy? i don’t like that.

  39. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s the thing I love about the real draft! Trades! And desperate teams reaching for their favorite players!
    It kinda throws most of these mock drafts out the window when the real thing happens.

    Less than 3 days away!!!

  40. I don’t buy the “he isn’t healthy” stuff. Does anyone really think they would have signed Ruud if they didn’t think he’d be 100% for training camp? Sure, maybe he’s not now (neither is Okung), but he will be when it’s important (like Okung). All this tells me is that they won’t be drafting a LB in the 1st (at #12) since they are saying (reading b/w the lines) that what they have now might not be ready to go. I think Ruud as a starter is better than McQuistan as a starter (but I love McQuistan as a 6th man on the OL). At least just as good.

  41. ryanryan says:

    i disagree with you bobby. mcquistan stays healthy (i believe) and is trending upward.

  42. You realize that McQuistan is older than Ruud, right? I admit that OL can play longer than LBs, but one players has been decent with lots of tackles per year and one has never been good enough to be a starter (until now). I love McQuistan as a 6th man on the OL, but I don’t want him starting. Really, we talk about how good he was at the end of the season, but was he? He played for Okung that last month and was an admirable fill-in. However, if his exact performance would have equaled that of Okung, we’d all be talking about how Okung sucks and was a bust. We (I) gave McQuistan a free pass b/c we knew he performed admirably in a situation he realistically wasn’t good enough for. Granted, playing LG is easier than LT, but it’s not like he was really good. We were just happy that he didn’t suck b/c we have been used to starting OL that sucked and depth that was worse. It reminds me of a Gin Blossoms song (Hey Jealousy): “If you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down.” If McQuistan is a back-up at G/T, I love him. If he’s one of the starters, I don’t think he’s good enough. That’s it.

  43. princeaden says:

    BobbyK, Do you have any definite reason to believe that Carpenter will be moved to Guard or is this just wishful thinking? For the record, if DeCastro is there at 12 I think we would be foolish to pass on him. He would most certainly be the BPA.

  44. Mr. Happy and the Duke Boy have said in post-season interviews that his future may be there. Those are good sources.

  45. Jared Crick may become a Seahawk. I don’t know why I thought of it now…

    But Mr. Happy was talking and Crick, in a poor Mans way, reminds me a bit of Keith Millard (who he coached in MN when he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year). As Mr. Happy stated in this interview, sometimes you’re harder on your own and maybe I have been w/Crick, a Nebraska boy, for being so good by Suh a few years ago. Crick has some of the Millard qualities as a 3-tech many moons ago… Not saying Crick will become a defensive player of the year, but you get the idea…

  46. Macabrevity says:

    I wonder what that swap of firsts with San Diego would net us? Maybe AJ would feel so guilty about the Whitehurst fiasco that he’d subconsciously be willing to overpay for the #12 :P

  47. Macabrevity says:

    Just having fun with some comparisons that have been thrown out there…

    If these guys were available to us at #12, who would you take?

    Steve Hutchinson (aka DeCastro)? or Darryl Tapp (aka Ingram)?

  48. AJ Smith won’t have a job next year if the Chargers don’t win this year so maybe we could net something cool in ’13 for them to move up in a few days (he won’t be around to use the pick anyway if they suck in ’12).

    Just b/c I think DeCastro is another Hutch, I don’t think it’s fair to label Ingram a Tapp either. Ingram is a tough guy to read. I can see him as a 10 sack guy in his rookie season. I can also see him as a bust. If I had to pick b/w Hutch and the 10 sack guy, I’d take the sack artist. However, if it were my rep on the line, I’d take the guaranteed stud (DeCastro). I’d be ashamed in a few years if my 50/50 guy busted and the 90/10 guy has been to a few Pro Bowls. Nobody will remember the “need” pick in a few years either (if our FO is good about getting all kinds of players) and that’s where you build your resume if you get fired from your job now. Selfishly, a guy like Schneider should want the sure thing (nevermind that “stoopid” thing about better players being in the best long-term interest, too). Besides, taking (potentially) great players is a heck of a lot better than the alternative.

    If you want a badass that wants to kill people if they don’t give it their all (DeCastro), I think that’s good. I’d rather have that than a player of need that “could” be great (Coples) but has never had many people vouch for them as a “competitor.”

  49. wabubba67 says:

    Bobby–I am all aboard on the DeCastro/Curry bandwagon. Will probably mean that we need to trade up into the early 2nd round (maybe even the late first) in order to get Curry. But with those two on board, the rest of the draft is almost superfluous.

    Those are the only two I want under my Christmas tree on Thursday/Friday. (Maybe Turbin, too…if I am especially greedy.)

  50. Ingram is not that comparable to Daryl Tapp. Ingram is a good bit quicker and more agile. Tapp never played anywhere but D line in his college career. Ingram played everywhere: OLB, MLB, DE, DT, and special teams. I like what Mike Mayock has to say about him.

    Mayock: “He’s a freak. His athletic ability to drop in space, to catch the football. . . he could play tight end and be an All-Pro. His footwork, his ability to open his hips and drop, you’re talking about a 265-pound guy who played with his hand in the dirt, who played all over the place for South Carolina. The cool thing about this kid is that no matter what scheme you play, this kid can fit somewhere. With this league being a pass-first league, he’s got some natural pass-rush ability. But he also can drop. So he can play all over the place for a defensive coordinator in sub-packages.’’

  51. orcasihawk says:

    I have not posted because I didn’t want to jinx anything, but I see my desires seem to not be my own. DeCastro and Curry. I have little faith in the o line’s ability to stay healthy and think DeCastro might be the key to solving that finally. Not just depth, but depth with skill. On the D line, I wonder if Wilkerson might factor in the short term, and wonder where Brock fits in. But the greater worry is Clemons age. This alone makes me want to draft a young presser. Curry seems like such a great possibility. I also love the thought of Polk in the 3rd or 4th, but fear his style is not dissimilar enough to Lynch to make him a good fit. I despise the thought of Tannehill as he has only a handful of games more than I do, and I would be a horrible choice at Qb. Besides, I am so jazzed by Flynn. Only 30% of 1st round qbs are hits. Tannehill has an uphill battle to become one. HAsselbeck, Brady, Flynn, all late round choices, I will take it.

  52. Soggybuc says:

    For those who Think Tannehill is a WR who has one year at QB your wrong! he was always a QB, was recruited to college as a QB. It was Mike Sherman a very good coach who “suggested” that he move to WR his freshman year. why? because Sherman was smart enough to recognize that the kid was not just a good athlete but was also a damn good Football player and that it would be a waste to have him rotting on the bench.

  53. edstang45 says:

    here we go….(almost) Decastro/Kuechly(sp) with 1st pick and Chandler Jones DE with 2nd…..

  54. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, the Ingram = Tapp is not at all accurate, for the reasons Stevos indicated.

  55. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Ingram would be a great fit! However I don’t think he will fall to us.

  56. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My top five wish list for our first round pick is-

    1- DeCastro.

    2- Kuechly.

    3- Ingram.

    4- Cox.

    5- Upshaw.

    With Tannehill just missing the cut.

  57. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My top five wish list for our second round pick –

    1- Nick Perry.

    2- Lamar Miller.

    3- Vinny Curry.

    4- Bobby Wagner.

    5- Andre Branch.

  58. I think Tannehill will be there at 12 and we will get a chance to trade out of that pick, grab Mercilious and Curry in the 2nd by trading back up in that round and our D will be set up front. Grab Chris Polk in the 3rd and grab a LB, QB, and position depth for the rest of the draft.

  59. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we trade back in the 1st round wish list-

    1- Whitney Mercilus.

    2- Donta Hightower.

    3- Stephen Hill.

    4- Cordy Glenn.

    5- Shea McClellin.

  60. HawkyHann says:

    Who plays the most games and doesn’t sit there hurt and collect checks?

    Sidney Rice-coming off TWO shoulder injuries this offseason, and a broken hip last offseason. He might have the best agent in NFL for securing 18M guaranteed.

    Barrett Rudd- I know, your asking yourself, who is this guy, and why is he on our team sitting in our state of the art ice baths. You get rid of Heater for a guy named Barrett…you better be drafting a top notch LB.

    Walter Thurmond- PC still thinks I’m a sophomore at Oregon, and won’t come to realize that I’ve broken every major ligament in my body and just suffered another setback.

    James Carpenter- The can’t miss 1st round pick of last years draft. The road grader is still eating and now can’t run. Bad combo.

    James Moffitt-bummed knee, no steroids(or the like) to use, someone is going to look slow and weak. Come on DEUCE!

  61. HawkfaninMT says:

    My 4th round wish is officially Alfonzo Dennard. He will be the perfect Nickle CB if he can keep his head on straight, and he doesn’t go to jail for last weeks transgression.

    My dream draft is coming together piece by piece!

    3rd-Bruce Irvin
    4th-Alfonzo Dennard
    7th-Edwin Baker

    1st, 2nd, 6th are up in the air depnding on each other, but I am pretty locked in on these guys in these spots.

  62. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    do not have a link yahoo has a you tube of weeden knocking clay pigeons out of the air. if he makes it to the third i say take a flyer on the guy and let him compete. worst case you end up with a good back up for 5 yrs or so.

    my top 5.

    1.decastro, no shock

    2.cox, think he could be a beast of a DE

    3.ingram, on tape he is great

    4. hightower, if we can trade dowm

    5. coples/perry/mercilus if trade down 1 is sure to be there.

    tannehill is not a first round QB although he has potential he never won a big game.

  63. Soggybuc says:

    You can also look at the Ruud signing and think it was a depth/backup signing. he is still hurt so if he is not your planned starter it matters less.
    To me that signals they have someone targeted in the draft that they see as a starter. comments about KJ only back that up. Keuchly or Hightower.

  64. Dukeshire says:

    If they’re not drafting a true middle LB, like Kuechly, I’d prefer they look at Ronnell Lewis in the second than a guy like Hightower at 12, who would move Wright to the middle anyway. That is, if they’re going to draft a Sam (which Ingram or Hightower would be for this D, at least in base sets), I’d rather it not come in the first, or at least not at 12.

  65. jawpeace says:

    I was thinking last night why did P.C offer info about Ruud still being injured as that would lead other teams to think that the Hawks will be targeting Kuechly or some other LB in the first. Is this what he wants others teams to think? and is the real target Decastro? Or someone else? I almost see it being like the Tannerhill comments,”If he is there….”? I think this would indicate that we would trade back. As they never said they would take Tannerhill but “….we would strongly consider him.” Yeah they are strongly considering a few players at 12.

  66. Macabrevity says:

    It never crossed my mind to compare Tapp to Ingram, then I read it somewhere, and couldn’t seem to shake it. Paranoia is setting in as the draft approaches, lol!!!

  67. Melvin Ingram was a dynamic playmaker in college, but Coples is the right pick if he’s available. Ingram strikes me as a Ruskell pick, good motor, good guy, bad measurables.

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