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.”