Would the Seahawks be looking to draft a Project QB in a late round?

As Matt Flynn flies the Hawks’ nest to try his luck with the Raiders, the obvious question is who will back up Russell Wilson? Does John Schneider go with a veteran like Matt Leinert, Tyler Thigpen, or even the bad-tempered Vince Young? Or does he wait for a late round gem from say…a small college?  He may do both. But as a matter of style I would guess Schneider will have at least one eye on a late-round, relatively unknown quarterback who can develop behind Wilson. Not that he would ever take the job away from Wilson, but if the Seahawks got a guy who had good physical attributes such as a strong arm, reasonable mobility, height, and who had done well at the small college level, why not take him and develop him in the Seahawks’/Pete Carroll mold?  Bringing a young QB along gradually from scratch has had some appeal for Carroll in the past.

Such a player can be found in one Brad Sorenson from Southern Utah University.  Check out this guy’s physical characteristics.  He’s 6’5”, 230 pounds, and has a gun for an arm.  In other words he’s a prototypical NFL quarterback.  In watching his highlights, which you have to take with a grain of salt because they don’t show his bad plays, he seems to see the field really well.  He has good touch on the ball, can throw to the corner of the end zone with accuracy, and finds open guys when his primary target is covered.  What’s not to like?  Well, he does throw a few interceptions, but he had a lot more touchdowns than interceptions, having just 10 picks against 23 touchdowns last season.

Having not watched any of SUU’s games I couldn’t tell you for sure if he’s inconsistent or streaky.  He seems to stare down and throw to his number one receiver most of the time, which in the NFL could be trouble.  What I can tell you is that Sorenson is the top ranked small school quarterback in the 2013 draft and 15th overall.  The question is how would he do as an NFL quarterback?  A lot of people who make a living comparing players to other players, i.e. draft “experts,” have compared him to John Skelton who started for the Arizona Cardinals in game one of 2012.  Before you smack your palm to your forehead and scream “oh HELL NO” at me just remember, the only reason Skelton started is because the higher rated Kevin Kolb was so bad.  Skelton was obviously not ready, but was good enough to beat out the veteran Kolb who was the talk of free agency three years ago.

So, let’s assume a newly minted 7th round pick, whoever it is, isn’t going to beat out Russell Wilson and has a couple years to take in Pete Carroll and all that comes with him.  Can a guy with small college experience develop and blossom under Pete Carroll’s tutelage if given time?  Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that he could.  The only real danger is that the team would need him to step in if the worst happens and Wilson goes down for any length of time this year.  Then we’d be in  John Skelton territory, with an inexperienced small college guy running the offense at a low level of efficiency.  Would that be a disaster for the Seahawks?  Depending on how long Wilson was out, absolutely it would.  But that’s the chance you take in football.  We could all be sitting around in October or November wondering what were the Seahawks thinking when they traded away Matt Flynn!

But you can’t have two starting quarterbacks on the same roster, can you?  That usually causes an ego or a money problem, or both.  The number two guy is always going to want out.  He’s always going to be looking ahead to the time he can get out from behind the starter who is holding back his career.  A possible situation the Seahawks could have with Sorenson is the team would have a guy who is just happy to be in the NFL,  is developing and improving with no pressure, and who gives you at least four years of backup capability without costing much of anything.  After his first season as a backup, he would be a lot more ready to step in if needed.  Heck, maybe he’d even get some playing time this year if the Seahawks get a few blowouts like they had last year!

The last thing I like about this scenario is that if Sorenson or another no-name QB turned out to be a gem, it would just enhance the Carroll/Schneider mystique, which would drive Jim Harbaugh absolutely NUTS!

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  • upstateNYfan

    There is a 90% chance that we will be cheering for Wilson for the next decade… we may have a few late round average QBs come through here over that time as backups. If this team is built well we will split the games that Wilson misses 50/50… any QB can come in and do that, we could bring witehurst back in to hold a clip board, he even won a big game for us when we needed it. Once in a while we will get burned by bad backup QB play. But when you can run and defend like the hawks, then we have a chance with any backup… so I say we grab a good kid out of college instead of some washed up vet with bad habits… and use our high draft picks and salary cap for our O-line issues and to pay our current amazing roster…

    • Ron Grummer

      I don’t have a problem with 2-3 year vets with promising physical and mental assets that might be molded into promising depth and future starters that come at a reasonable price and can buy into the team scheme.

    • Hanley H. Bonynge

      I don’t have a problem drafting a project since Seattle will always need a backup and if the player develops, we dump him off to another team for some (hopefully high) draft picks a la Philly with Kolb.

  • Hawk_Eye

    Tebow anybody?

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

      Possibility but I don’t want to see it.

    • Ron Grummer

      He’s always seemed to be a team player, as long as his price isn’t much more than RW’s, I wouldn’t have a big problem with it.

  • Green Apple

    I am 100% positive that we will have at least 2 other QBs (apart from RW3) in the camp on the first day of training. May be 2 vets or 1 Vet + 1 draft. I see one making into the final roster eventually and the other added to practice squad.

    Also I am not extra worried about RW3 missing some games this season. With Lynch and a strong running game + #1 scoring defense, we can go half the season without RW3 and still make it to playoff. Infact, we pretty much did that for last season anyways (till the Chicago game).

  • Ron Grummer

    Re-sign Portis to a 2-year contract for $2M conditional that he makes the 53 man roster with play/performance incentives, then select the best available athlete at every pick in the draft. beyond that, open the doors to mini-camps and see who shows up to earn a spot on the team.

  • 12thManderson89

    Im just speaking for myself but im sure alot of you may agree but im VERY happy were possibly bringing Portis back, he showed signs that he Could be a good back up and fill in, in case of injury (GOD FORBID). ha Id also for competition love to see us with our 2nd pick in the 4th round grab Matt Scott. If those 3 were our roster for QB i would feel extremely comfortable, i think they would all learn and work well with/off of eachother. As for the draft, IMO id love for us to grab either an OT, Sio Moore, or Sean Porter with our first 2 picks. We need Breno’s replacement, and we need Hill replacement.

  • Scott Collier

    They just re-signed Portis. Makes sense. They need QB’s to create competition the backup position even though Wilson is a lock.

  • 12thFanInNinerLand

    Forget read-option running QBs. They are too often runners and not passers. Give me a backup QB who shows me he can pass well, make good decisions, and then (and only then) use his legs to get out of a jam. All these QBs listed in this article are second-stringers or flamed out for a good reason.

    What everyone forgets is that NFL defenses adapt quickly. Evidence of this is how quickly the wildcat offense went away. So if-and-when the D’s do adapt, having a backup QB who thrived only in read-option is going to be next to worthless. Russell Wilson ran traditional offenses in college, as did RGIII. If either (or both) of these guys have to adapt to a pocket passer role, they will be ready. I can’t say the same for the leg men cited above.

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