Pros and cons of Seattle Seahawks choosing a quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft

The Seahawks traded for Sam Howell prior to the NFL Draft. Is that going to be their only QB addition this offseason?

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The Seahawks have been hesitant to use draft picks, particularly early draft selections on quarterbacks during the John Schneider era. With the acquisition of QB Sam Howell, whom the Seahawks gave up a third-round pick and another late-round pick swap for, are the Seahawks done looking for quarterbacks? And should they choose one early in the 2024 NFL draft?

This draft is going to be stocked with many good QB prospects. 2025 appears to be a much weaker class for quarterbacks.

The Seahawks have signaled Geno Smith will be their starting QB in 2024. Could they still look to add a quarterback in a loaded 2024 draft class, however? Let's try to answer that.

To QB or not QB is a question for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2024 NFL draft

Quarterbacks who could be selected in the first round in the 2024 NFL Draft

The 2024 NFL Draft could have as many as six quarterbacks selected in the first round. Though the Seahawks are unlikely to have the option of selecting Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jaden Daniels (unless they decide to trade up), there are three other QBs they could take.

J.J. McCarthy's draft stock has been rising, but he could still be available at 16th overall. Michael Penix Jr. has been up and down on draft boards, with scouts unable to determine if he will go in the first round or later. The same can be said for Bo Nix who could go as high as the first round or fall to the second.

Why the Seahawks should still take a QB in the 2024 Draft

Unless the Seahawks are completely confident in what they have at QB with Geno Smith and Sam Howell, taking a quarterback in this year's draft should not be out of the question for them. The 2025 draft class does not have a ton of big names outside of Dillon Gabriel, Quinn Ewers, and Shedeur Sanders.

If Geno Smith and Sam Howell underwhelm in 2024, there will not be many viable options to replace them with in next year's draft. Which is why not taking a quarterback early in this year's draft could be a mistake.

Why the Seahawks should not take a QB in this year's draft

Just because this draft class is loaded with talented QB prospects does not mean the Seahawks should select a quarterback. The Seahawks have several position needs and must address the interior of their offensive line. Taking a quarterback in the first round could prevent them from selecting a top interior offensive line prospect such as Troy Fautanu or Jackson Powers-Johnson.

Seattle also does not want to reach on a QB prospect since they do not have a second-round pick. Without a pick between selections 16 and 81, taking a QB with two already on the roster is hard to justify.

Seahawks face tough decision whether to take a QB early in 2024 Draft

The Seahawks have a difficult decision on whether to take a quarterback early in this year's draft. Should they decide to take a quarterback early, the best option appears to be trading back to take either Penix or Bo Nix to add more draft picks. However, the Seahawks have not indicated interest in taking either one of those quarterbacks having not held a meeting with Penix or Nix.

The Seahawks did meet with J.J. McCarthy at this year's combine, but he could come off the board before Seattle picks at 16. Fortunately, for the Seahawks they already have Geno Smith and Sam Howell to fall back on if they do not take a quarterback early in this year's draft.

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