Seattle still left with QB questions after draft
In some way, John Schneider and Pete Carroll addressed nearly
every position of concern the Seattle Seahawks had entering the NFL
There were the two offensive linemen grabbed with Seattle’s
first two picks in the hopes they become the future right side of
the Seahawks’ shaky offensive line. Seattle grabbed a trio of
defensive backs to try to get help in the secondary, a pair of
linebackers that at the very least could help on special teams, a
uniquely tall wide receiver and even a bulky defensive end.
But, the Seahawks avoided the position everyone expected Seattle
to try to address during the draft – quarterback.
”When we were getting ready to pick they just weren’t there.
They weren’t in our area,” said Schneider, the Seahawks’
second-year general manager. ”We’re one of those teams that sits
and follows our board and quite honestly we didn’t have a guy who
was there when we were getting ready. … It never fell that
It seemed inevitable that at some point in last weekend’s draft
the Seahawks would grab a quarterback since Charlie Whitehurst is
the only one Seattle has under contract and no one is sure if the
Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck will come together on a new
It wasn’t for a lack of opportunities that it didn’t happen.
When the Seahawks picked Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter
with the 25th overall pick, QBs Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick
were still available, although four quarterbacks had already been
Dalton and Kaepernick went 35th and 36th overall, taken by
Cincinnati and San Francisco respectively early in the second
But they weren’t the only options Seattle let pass. Iowa’s Ricky
Stanzi, North Carolina’s T.J. Yates, Idaho’s Nathan Enderle,
Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor and Alabama’s Greg McElroy were all
taken in the later rounds of the draft and, in one way or another,
passed over by the Seahawks.
The approach was somewhat contrary to what Schneider said before
the draft that taking a quarterback in each draft was part of a
philosophy he believed in after spending much of his career working
in Green Bay.
But to Schneider and Carroll, the Seahawks did take a
quarterback in this draft – Whitehurst.
Seattle sent its third-round pick in this year’s draft to San
Diego in exchange for Whitehurst before the start of last season.
Whitehurst never won the starting job from Hasselbeck but did start
a pair of games, including Seattle’s NFC West-clinching win over
St. Louis in the regular season finale.
”Charlie was part of this draft class in a sense in that we
used a third-round pick to get him. We have a young up-and-coming
quarterback,” Carroll said. ”And I know where you’re looking,
‘let’s go get another one,’ but we’re happy with Charlie and
continue to blossom and flourish. He’s a guy in my mind I’m not
feeling like we missed out on an opportunity because Charlie is
growing with us.”
By not taking a quarterback in the draft, it’s expected to be a
position of need whenever free agency begins or trades can be made.
New assistant head coach Tom Cable already has four-fifths of his
offensive line planned out with Carpenter, third-round pick John
Moffitt, Max Unger and last year’s first-round pick, Russell Okung.
The only hole is at left guard.
Seattle also needs more depth on the defensive line and said
re-signing defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is a priority.
But what the Seahawks do at quarterback will be the focus of
everyone, especially after not taking anyone in the draft.
”We had a plan going in and still have our plan,” Schneider
said. ”We just can’t execute that plan right now.”