In his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King of Sports Illustrated shoots down the latest rumor making its way around the league that the Seattle Seahawks would be interested in moving up in the draft to Jacksonville’s No. 7 overall pick to select Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
King: I think it’s unlikely, and not just because the Seahawks just bought a quarterback, Matt Flynn, in free agency, last month.
Seattle doesn’t want to use up two of its three choices in the top 100 of a draft they like a lot for a quarterback they might be able to pick sitting at 12. Think of it: There’s one team that might take Tannehill between five and 11 — Miami at eight. Let’s say Seattle GM John Schneider feels there are multiple holes not at quarterback he needs to fill, and let’s say he had to throw in his third-round pick, 75th overall, to be able to draft Tannehill. That means, after taking a quarterback in free agency and budgeting $15.5 million over the next two years for Flynn, he’d have used the 12th and 75th picks to procure another quarterback. Knowing Schneider and his love of building the roster through the draft, I’m dubious. From what I heard over the weekend, the trade market up to seven is comatose, unless Jacksonville’s asking price is downright minuscule.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says a talented linebacker group in this year’s draft means the Seahawks could get good prospects in the later rounds.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that linebacker is an obvious need for Seattle.
We continue our positional look at this year’s draft with Rob Rang, which includes a feature on Washington running back Chris Polk.
Jim Moore writing for the Kitsap Sun predicts the Seahawks will select South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram in the first round.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes an anonymous scout that says Stanford tight end Coby Fleener might be the most overrated player in the draft.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com writes that according to a league source Miami owner Stephen Ross wants Tannehill.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the best sixth round pick for Seattle is defensive end Michael Sinclair.