Non Mock Thoughts – Quarterbacks
As I previously shared, I’m incapable of creating a mock draft. However, on this draft-eve, I do have a few thoughts to share regarding quarterbacks and Seahawks.
1. The Seahawks won’t take a quarterback in this draft.
The Seahawks addressed their quarterback needs in free agency. There is no sense of urgency that they must make a move in the quarterback area. While it might be nice to ponder Tannehill being available at the 12th pick, it’s not going to happen. At 12, John and Pete will either select a linebacker or that edge pass rusher that they’ve been looking for to complement Clemons.
2. For the first time in years, we’re deep at quarterback.
As much as I loved Matt, it was always a case of crisis if he couldn’t play. Matt was the kind of guy that could carry a team forward on his passing and determination. While I liked Seneca Wallace’s athleticism, he really lacked height and some of the finesse that Matt had, making him just an okay back up. Don’t even talk to me about Clipboard Charlie. Josh Portis remains a project that I’m optimistic about. His preseason play last year was pretty solid but clearly more work is needed. It’s easy to look good in preseason when you’re playing against 2nd and 3rd string defenses.
3. Tavaris Jackson is the real deal.
I may not always like his in-the-moment decisions, but Tjack earned my respect last year in coming into our system with what amounted to a rookie O-line and making it work. He not only took his share of hits early on, but he played through an injury that most QBs wouldn’t have. Toward the end of the season, he gave us a shot at the playoffs. If not for our early season record, he might have gotten us there. Tjack has his teammate’s respect and if you’ve paid attention to off season Tweets, he’s coming into the off season healthy and with a significant amount of balls tossed to at least one of his receivers(Lockette the Rocket) in his spare time. He’s going to be in far better shape mentally and physically than he was last season.
4. Matt Flynn is the future
There aren’t enough words to say how much I like this acquisition. For one thing John Schneider wanted him to begin with in Green Bay. For another thing, Green Bay has a history of being deep in quarterbacks and Matt has been part of that grooming system with Green Bay. What little play time he’s had has showcased his abilities nicely. I think if not this year, then certainly next year, he’s going to be prime time. No, I don’t know how that’s going to play out with Tjack, but team culture encourages competition and I think it will be a great problem to have.
So while I don’t believe we’ll draft a quarterback this year, if I could have whatever qb I wanted, I would totally pick RG3. Amazing athletic skills, accuracy, mindset. Total package.