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Seahawks don't need an elite Quarterback

Seahawks don’t need an elite QB!!
With only one game left for our Seahawks to play, a lot of the attention has shifted to the upcoming draft and whether or not the Hawks will be positioned to snag a Quarterback of the future. According to more than a few people on Twitter, the Seahawks will be selecting somewhere between 10th and 19th overall, should they keep their own selection and not trade it. It is my opinion that Quarterback, pass rush, and linebacker are the teams greatest needs. My debate is whether they should reach for a guy like Landry Jones or Ryan Tannehill, or address the other needs where they stand. I wont get into trading up or down in this article. @hawkblogger on twitter posted a great article on his blog about the value of trading up.

Here’s a look at the selections made in this range since 2005. If you look close, you’ll notice a trend. 48 of the 77 picks or 62% are defensive picks, with 28 being either Linebackers or Defensive Ends. 9 of those 28 are pro bowlers, a whopping 32%, and 9 of 24 for 37% if you discard last years four Defensive Ends, although I’m sure Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan will be future pro bowlers. There have been 6 quarterbacks selected in this period, with 1 pro bowler in Jay Cutler. Others include the very average group featuring Matt Leinart, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, and Blaine Gabbert. While the jury is still out on Ponder and Gabbert, neither has shown the potential that warrants a top 20 selection in the NFL draft. Josh freeman is a perfect example of a guy with tremendous upside that has squandered opportunity on a bad team. Joe Flacco may turn into an above average player with experience, but is extremely inconsistent and has been carried by defense and a great running game. My opinion, if they select here, (and RG3 is gone, and he will be) will be for them to select what they think can be a pro bowl type defensive player at Linebacker or Defensive End. Recent history shows we have a great chance of finding one here. These names speak for themselves.
†- denotes pro bowl
2011:
1 10 Jacksonville Blaine Gabbert QB
1 11 Houston Texans J. J. Watt DE
1 12 Minnesota Christian Ponder QB
1 13 Detroit Lions Nick Fairley DT
1 14 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn DE
1 15 Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey C
1 16 Washington Ryan Kerrigan DE
1 17 New England Nate Solder OT
1 18 San Diego Corey Liuget DT
1 19 New York Prince Amukamara CB
1 20 Tampa Bay Adrian Clayborn DE

2010:

1 10 Jacksonville Tyson Alualu DT
1 11 San Francisco Anthony Davis OT
1 12 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB
1 13 Philadelphia Brandon Graham DE
1 14 Seattle Seahawks Earl Thomas † S
1 15 New York Jason Pierre-Paul † DE
1 16 Tennessee Derrick Morgan DE
1 17 San Francisco Mike Iupati G
1 18 Pittsburgh Maurkice Pouncey † C
1 19 Atlanta Falcons Sean Weatherspoon LB
1 20 Houston Texans Kareem Jackson CB

2009:

1 10 San Francisco Michael Crabtree WR
1 11 Buffalo Bills Aaron Maybin DE
1 12 Denver Broncos Knowshon Moreno RB
1 13 Washington Brian Orakpo † LB
1 14 New Orleans Malcolm Jenkins CB
1 15 Houston Texans Brian Cushing † LB
1 16 San Diego Larry English DE
1 17 Tampa Bay Josh Freeman QB
1 18 Denver Broncos Robert Ayers DE
1 19 Philadelphia Jeremy Maclin WR
1 20 Detroit Lions Brandon Pettigrew TE

2008:

1 10 New England Jerod Mayo † LB
1 11 Buffalo Bills Leodis McKelvin CB
1 12 Denver Broncos Ryan Clady † OT
1 13 Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart RB
1 14 Chicago Bears Chris Williams OT
1 15 Kansas City Chiefs Branden Albert OT
1 16 Arizona Cardinals Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie† CB
1 17 Detroit Lions Gosder Cherilus OT
1 18 Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco QB
1 19 Carolina Panthers Jeff Otah OT
1 20 Tampa Bay Aqib Talib CB

2007:

1 10 Houston Texans Amobi Okoye DT
1 11 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Willis † LB
1 12 Buffalo Bills Marshawn Lynch † RB
1 13 St. Louis Rams Adam Carriker DT
1 14 New York Jets Darrelle Revis † CB
1 15 Pittsburgh Steelers Lawrence Timmons LB
1 16 Green Bay Packers Justin Harrell DT
1 17 Denver Broncos Jarvis Moss DE
1 18 Cincinnati Bengals Leon Hall CB
1 19 Tennessee Titans Michael Griffin † S
1 20 New York Giants Aaron Ross CB

2006:

1 10 Arizona Cardinals Matt Leinart QB
1 11 Denver Broncos Jay Cutler † QB
1 12 Baltimore Ravens Haloti Ngata † DT
1 13 Cleveland Browns Kamerion Wimbley DE
1 14 Philadelphia Eagles Brodrick Bunkley DT
1 15 St. Louis Rams Tye Hill CB
1 16 Miami Dolphins Jason Allen S
1 17 Minnesota Vikings Chad Greenway LB
1 18 Dallas Cowboys Bobby Carpenter LB
1 19 San Diego Chargers Antonio Cromartie † CB
1 20 Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali † DE

2005:

1 10 Detroit Lions Mike Williams WR
1 11 Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware † LB
1 12 San Diego Chargers Shawne Merriman † LB
1 13 New Orleans Saints Jammal Brown † OT
1 14 Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis LB
1 15 Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Johnson † LB
1 16 Houston Texans Travis Johnson DT
1 17 Cincinnati Bengals David Pollack LB
1 18 Minnesota Vikings Erasmus James DE
1 19 St. Louis Rams Alex Barron OT
1 20 Dallas Cowboys Marcus Spears DE

Teams that are quarterback hungry tend to reach for players that aren’t worthy of their draft status and thus end up committed to an average or below average general firing commands for their respective teams in crunch time.(Insert Tjack reference here). Pete Carroll and John Schneider have resisted this on may instances. This next statement might get a few stones tossed my way… ready?….THE SEAHAWKS DONT NEED AN ELITE QUARTERBACK!!!!. Let me explain. The Seahawks are going to feature a power running game, and elite, ball hawking defense. This is a formula proven more successful than any other in the history of the NFL. A team we all hate exemplifies this perfectly, with their 7 super bowl titles; this has been the formula for success in Pittsburgh for many years. Some will argue that Ben is an elite Quarterback, and he may be, but was he in 2005 when they beat the hawks? No. His defense and running game nursed him to the player that he is now; he was given the opportunity to succeed on a good team. Every team wants to land a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers type guy that can mask many holes in a team, but the truth is that the Seahawks will not need to mask many holes because this is turning into a very complete roster.

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