Seahawks Mock Draft Monday 3.0: Pre-combine edition
Round 6: Seahawks select Jake Luton, QB Oregon State
I am of the belief that you should always bring in a new quarterback every spring. Whether it be in free agency, the draft, or as an undrafted free agent. In the spirit of this philosophy, I will use the last pick of this mock draft to select Pac-12 Quarterback Jake Luton from Oregon State University.
Luton is a big guy, standing at 6’7″, 230 lbs and had a big senior season at Oregon State. Luton played in a pro-style offense under Jonathan Smith, which relies heavily on play-action with deep shots in the passing game. Sounds familiar.
Luton is also great at taking care of the football, throwing just 7 picks over the past 2 years. He understands situational football and will throw the ball away to avoid negative plays. He has a clean throwing motion and will take his shots.
There must be some major problems with Luton to make him fall this far, right? Well… there are. Luton can struggle with pressure up the middle. He is a big target, and while he is a decent athlete, he isn’t going to break away from too many sacks.
He also had a tendency to lock into one receiver, leaving yards and completions on the field. He also isn’t good on the run, often sailing the ball when asked to make movement throws. Luton is a prototypical pocket passer and will need to able to sit and learn for a few seasons. He may be a practice squad stash but could be protected by a team with a good run game and good receiving options.
He is the ideal stash player and could provide an upside that no backup quarterback has in Seattle since Russell Wilson came to town.
This was the most difficult mock draft I’ve done thus far. I really wanted to trade down in round 1. I didn’t take everybody I would have because I wanted to add some variety to our series. And the board just never fell in a way that made a lot of sense for the Seahawks to not trade up or down. But we soldier on. Hopefully, we all learned about some new players to watch this April and hopefully, we have an easier go next week.