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TNT 2013 NFL draft preview: QB/RBs to consider

Post by Eric Williams on April 22, 2013 at 10:55 am with 31 Comments »
April 22, 2013 10:55 am
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott (10) prepares to throw as UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh approaches during the first half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott (10) prepares to throw as UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh approaches during the first half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

The Seattle Seahawks have their starting quarterback in Russell Wilson, signed Brady Quinn in free agency as the backup and brought back third-year pro Josh Portis because of his knowledge of the team’s offense.

So the Seahawks are good at quarterback, right?

Not so fast. Seahawks general manager John Schneider would not rule out selecting a quarterback in this year’s daft to add competition to the quarterback room. Wilson was the first quarterback the Schneider/Pete Carroll regime selected during their tenure in Seattle, and they hit a home run with the third-round selection.

But there are some interesting prospects that Seattle could consider in this year’s draft. Among them, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel fits the mold of what Seattle is looking for. At 6-5 and 237 pounds, Manuel played in a pro-style offense at Florida State, has a strong arm, is mobile and accurate. But Manuel likely will not be available when Seattle selects in the second round at No. 56.

A more realistic option is Arizona’s Matt Scott as a mid-round pick. Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith reportedly worked out Scott a few weeks ago.

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with, reviews quarterbacks and running backs Seattle might select in each round of this year’s draft.

Round Pick Name
2 (56) Eddie Lacy, 5-11, 231, Alabama
Rob’s rationale: Unlikely available. Offers similar blend of power, vision as Lynch but is lighter on his feet. A terrific spin move. Likely to slip into 2nd due to marginal speed.

3 (87) Matt Scott, 6-2, 213, Arizona
Rob’s rationale: Dual-threat passer who threw five times as many TDs as INTs in his only full season as a starter after backing up Nick Foles. Raw but significant upside.

4 (123) Zac Dysert, 6-3, 231, Miami (OHIO)
Rob’s rationale: Well-built passer with a high school background at linebacker. Strong arm and will with surprising mobility. Didn’t get rattled when facing better competition.

5 (138, 158) Jordan Rodgers, 6-2, 202, Vanderbilt
Rob’s rationale: Younger brother of Green Bay’s Aaron… Some legitimate arm talent. Mobile. Some savvy for the position. Handled tough coaching, competition.

6 (194) Dennis Johnson, 5-7, 196, Arkansas
Rob’s rationale: Overshadowed by Knile Davis but was more productive player. All-purpose specialist who could help take over role left with Leon Washington’s release.

7 (220, 231, 241 and 242) Jeff Tuel, 6-3, 218, Washington State
Rob’s rationale: Local product who was beaten up behind a porous offensive line but showed at least adequate arm strength, good overall athleticism and some toughness.

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  1. freedom_X says:

    The difference between Wilson and some of the other QB prospects that are “like Wilson” is that Wilson had very few questions about his mental ability to digest and understand offenses. That’s not true for many of these other QB prospects that are physically comparable.

    Since Seattle only runs about 10-20% read-option anyway, I’m not certain Seattle will prioritize physical ability over everything else. They may still go for the best QB prospect available, even if that person is more of a pocket passer (though I doubt they’d go for a statue like Ryan Mallett.) More like Washington with their Robert Griffin III/Kirk Cousins combo.

  2. Carlsonkid says:

    Tuel would be an interesting pick in the lower rounds …

  3. AugustusAshby says:

    I don’t see the point in drafting a qb in any round of
    The draft. We signed Brady Quinn this offseason and brought back portis. I think we make too much of the back up. The read option is dangerous for your qb I understand that but we are not the redskins and we use the read option yes, but we do not use it all game. We use it mainly on short yardage or first downs here and there. I believe Russ is a smart enough qb to know when to get down and when not to take a hit. And a rb also makes me wonder. Why did we draft turbin last year? Is he not our next in line when marshawn is done? I think what we do need is a change of pace kind of guy like a Darren sproles on third down passing situations. Maybe go back to our draft power house, Utah state, and get kerwynn Williams.

  4. RDPoulsbo says:

    I don’t think a backup QB would b4 running the read option if for some reason he wound up playing any snaps that mattered. It would mean exposing a backup after Wilson went down and that’s just too much risk to chance resorting to your scout QB to finish a game.

    I expect them to draft another QB somewhere in the mid to lower rounds. They should protect from Quinn showing up only to be another JP Losman. Zorn my give his blessing, but he’s with another team…the Chiefs and their QB trash heap no less.

  5. Macabrevity says:

    I’m having a hard time seeing us go QB or HB early with some clear holes remaining on the roster, but I am curious about the type of player we might get later on at those positions. Turbin looked good enough where he might really start drawing interest before Marshawn goes into decline, in which case I could see him getting moved – just conjecture on my part mind you – so a HB behind him honestly could pay off at some point down the road, but it’s a luxury at this point really. As for a QB, fun position to see drafted, but really I’m more interested in getting some grade A beef on both sides of the LoS. Right side of the OL needs shoring up and competition, and the D-line could still use another big body both now, and certainly in the near future as Clemons is uncertain, and Avril is somewhat short-term. Red also has some question marks and at the very least could use a guy who can spell him when needed on non-passing downs.

  6. How would we like it, if Jake Locker Struggles this year and Titans cut him, do we want him as our backup next year? hmmm,,, unlikely but I could see it happening,

  7. There is no way, we spend a 3rd round pick on a QB….

  8. 5 year extension for Bam Bam it would seem, I like it, he’s not an amazing player, but I think he fits well in what Pete and Co. wants to do.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    Was hoping this would be coming out soon! Love seeing Kam re-upped if that is what the press confernce today is about…

    I see an RB and QB drafted, but again, later on. I am thinking Sean Renfree in the 7th, and maybe Kenjon Barner in the 5th/6th? I agree with the above poster that Turbin is the heir apparent for Lynch, but a Sproles type role would be nice to have on 3rd downs.

  10. Seeing rumors that they have extended Kam :) Good news

  11. I’m also excited about a late round, smaller back. Someone to fill Leon’s role and bring some sizzle–kick returns, maybe screens and draws in the future. That’s also a good role for an undrafted guy to have a shot at. I bet there are at least 2 rookies in camp competing for that role.

  12. Picking Scott would be such a GB move.

    Guy similar to what you have that you may be able to show case in preseason action or in a game or 2 during the season during mop up duty – that you may be able to trade down the road.

  13. The Seattle Seahawks signed strong safety Kam Chancellor to a five-year, $35 million deal in a contract extension, John Clayton of ESPN reports. The 25 year old Chancellor will get $17 million guaranteed.

  14. grizindabox24 says:

    Kam’s deal reported as 4 year $28 million deal with $17 million gtd. I think it is getting more and more likely that McQ and MikeRob will not be part of the final 53.

  15. Macabrevity says:

    Awesome news about Kam. As for McQ and/or Mike Rob not making the cut, would rather see our FB stick around long term if it’s one or the other.

  16. grizindabox24 says:

    Makes Kam’s deal $29.3 million over 5 years or $5.86 million/year average. Less than $35 million over 5 years.

  17. chuck_easton says:

    There you go again griz, linking every signing, re-signing, re-negotiated contract with your ‘this mean’s the end of McQ and MikeRob’.

    The signings are a total nonsequitor to either of those players being released.

    The bigger question that needs to be answered is why the dislike of these two guys in particular? You never mention any other players. Did they come into your Starbucks and not tip you well enough for the Grande double non-fat vanilla latte or something?

  18. grizindabox24 says:

    Chuck, it has more to the balance of money between the offensive and defensive sides of the roster and the fact that Hawks need to maintain about $6 million in carryover money into next season. The most likely contracts belong to McQ and Mike Rob to make it work. It has absolutely nothing to do with like/dislike. The reason I do not mention any other names, is that there is no other contracts that seem to fit the bill. I could be wrong, but lets see.

  19. grizindabox24 says:

    And Chuck, every single signing has an impact on the team as a whole.

  20. grizindabox24 says:

    Also do not know the breakdown of Kam’s new deal and what his cap hit will be.

  21. We still have room under the cap, so just because we re-sign someone does not mean that someone else has to go -

  22. grizindabox24 says:

    xcman, but the Hawks need to maintain a $6 million rollover into next year to maintain current cap number. If it is under that, then the Hawks cap number will actually decrease due to rollover the last few seasons.

  23. We STILL have space

  24. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I don’t see Mike Rob going anywhere this season. He is a good player, strong team leader and valuable to our offense. If anything, Kam’s deal could free up some space under this years cap.

  25. princeaden says:

    MikeRob is too valuable to the core of this team. IMO. McQ on the other hand could be due for replacement by a younger, much cheaper player and be just fine.
    I feel like Carpenter is going to be ready for a monster year and between Moffitt and Sweezy, the other Guard position should be fine.

  26. freedom_X says:

    What does Michael Robinson actually make? It can’t be that much above minimum. Anyway, there’s no savings if you replace Robinson with someone who can’t play.

    Before you say that fullback is a fungible commodity, Seattle struggled at the position for a bit after losing Mack Strong. I think Robinson is the guy that actually stabilized that position. Unless Robinson is hauling down around $2 million+ per year, I don’t see a lot of value there in cutting him. Seattle’s managed their cap too well to have to do nickel and dime tricks to squeeze by.

  27. bbnate420 says:

    This contract is an EXTENSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It doesn’t change his salary for 2013, so it doesn’t change their cap number in 2013. You could be right about McQ, but I’d be totally shocked if you are about Mike Rob. They only have 1 FB. He’s a pro bowl FB and special teamer. He makes 2.5 mil. They’d likely have to spend 700+ K to sign a replacement. It just doesn’t make any sense. And PC constantly talks about his value to the team.

    I don’t get why you don’t mention Clemons when you mention cuts? Cutting him alone almost gets you 6 mil in cap space. He’s not going to be here in 2014 unless he renegotiates, and you don’t really know what you can expect from him next year.

  28. Southendzone says:

    Think I’m in the minority here but I don’t expect the Hawks to take a QB. I’m hoping that a solid RT or OG talent falls to us at # 56. That’s what I want out of the draft.

    Sorry I’m not into it enough to post youtube videos of the players I want to select but I think this would best move to help the team out for 2013 and beyond.

  29. grizindabox24 says:

    Cutting Clemens would save $2.3 million not $6 million towards cap for upcoming season.

  30. owenbytheway says:

    Yeah, Rob, Matt Scott is my top Round 3 pick. If they don’t go that way then BJ Daniels (who also visited) or Ryan Aplin in the 7th. And I’m taking Kyle Juszcyk at FB/HB in the 4th or 5h to back-up the RealRob as the choice instead of an RB to fill up the backfield roster. If Scott is already gone, RB Andre Ellington might possibly still be there as their 3rd rounder.

  31. grizindabox24 says:

    Kam’s cap number is $3.8 million for 2013

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