Seahawks fourth draft selection: Bailey Zappe, QB
The Seahawks backup quarterback situation since Russell Wilson took over has always been an issue. It’s simply been an issue that no one really paid attention to thanks to Wilson’s durability.
However, things like durability always have a shelf life. Wilson had the first major injury of his career. He ended up on the IR, breaking his streak of starts. When Wilson returned, he has looked like a shadow of himself.
It’s time to finally try and add some quality depth behind him. What if he were to get reinjured or even force his way out after the next year? Having potential/ an insurance plan behind Wilson is a smart play.
Bailey Zappe is a name that has been getting a lot of buzz this year. As a graduate transfer (similar to Wilson) he has been playing like his hair is on fire. He has broken numerous FBS records including the passing yards (5,967) and touchdown records (62).
Zappe plays with good footwork and moves well inside the pocket. He throws the ball with proficient velocity and has a quick release. He has phenomenal anticipation on his intermate and deep throws.
The reason he isn’t talked about higher is a three-part answer. His past has produced questionable results. To me, this simply shows growth. Others see this as a risk. His level of competition throughout his collegiate career has been subpar. This is his first year against FBS-level players at Western Kentucky.
Finally, there is some concern over his arm strength. Some are worried he doesn’t have the strength to stretch the field at the professional level. Waiting until the third round will result in some level of concern. However, the potential to me outweighs the concern.