Happy Easter everyone. We continue our positional look at this year’s draft class with a breakdown of the quarterbacks. The Seahawks are considering selecting a quarterback in the first round for the first time since 1993 because Matt Hasselbeck will be a free agent and they are not totally sold on Charlie Whitehurst as the quarterback of the future.
But as my story today goes into greater detail, none of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft are exactly slam dunks to be franchise quarterbacks at the next level.
Add to that the lack of the success Seattle has had selecting quarterbacks in the first round, and you can understand what John Schneider and Pete Carroll might consider selecting an offensive or defensive linemen instead.
Seattle selected Dan McGwire No. 16 overall in the 1991 draft. The younger brother of major league slugger Mark McGwire, Dan McGwire, at 6-foot-8, never showed the accuracy and mobility need to be successful in the pros, and was out of the league five years later.
Two years into the McGwire experiment, Seattle selected Rick Mirer No. 2 overall in 1993. After a strong rookie season Mirer’s play regressed, and the Notre Dame product was shipped to Chicago in 1997. Mirer finished his NFL career as a journeyman, playing for five teams in eight seasons.
The Seahawks traded three picks, including a first-rounder in 1988, for the rights to Kelly Stouffer, who held out for an entire season after the St. Louis Cardinals selected him No. 6 overall in the 1987 draft. Stouffer retired after five mostly uninspiring seasons in Seattle.
The combined win-loss record of those quarterbacks with Seattle was 27-45.
Our own John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune believes the Seahawks would be making a grave mistake similar to the Seattle Mariners passing on University of Washington product pitcher Tim Lincecum, if they do not select Jake Locker if he’s available at No. 25
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, reviews quarterbacks Seattle might select in each round of this year’s draft.
First round, 25th pick: Christian Ponder, 6-2, 230, Florida State
Rob’s rationale: Entered his senior season ranked with Jake Locker as the top senior QBs, but struggled through injuries. Threw well at the Senior Bowl and combine and is considered by some the most pro-ready QB in the draft.
Second ROUND, 57th pick: Andy Dalton, 6-2, 215, TCU
Rob’s rationale: Like Ponder, an ideal fit in the West Coast offense due to his intelligence, accuracy and timing. Scouts love his leadership and toughness. Likely would require trading up to draft him.
Fourth round, 99th pick: Ricky Stanzi, 6-4, 233, Iowa
Rob’s rationale: Classic game-manager who lacks elite upside, but has good size, experience in a pro-style offense and an underrated combination of accuracy and mobility.
Fifth round, 156th, 157th picks: Pat Devlin, 6-3, 225, Delaware
Rob’s rationale: Starred in a spread offense, showing good accuracy and instincts, but his lack of arm strength was exposed at the East-West Shrine Game.
Sixth round, 173RD pick: Nathan Enderle, 6-4, 240, Idaho
Rob’s rationale: Big, strong-armed passer who didn’t progress as scouts anticipated as a senior, but has upside worthy of developing.
Seventh round, 209th and 242nd picks: T.J. Yates, 6-3, 219, North Carolina
Rob’s rationale: Showed remarkable leadership in guiding the Tar Heels to a successful season despite multiple suspensions. Doesn’t wow you, but could stick on an NFL roster.