PHEW! - We can all exhale now that the draft is over. And I think that the fans have a lot to be excited about with the players the Seahawks drafted. A lot of you have written in asking what I think of our draftees, so here are my thoughts on the first three selections:
Now, on to your mail!
Q: Did you see Curry’s shoes & gloves at the Combine???
I sure did! It was as if he was seeing into the future, right?
If you haven’t seen it, find some pictures online. He’s rocking the Seahawks green gloves and cleats!
Q: I would really like to know what the thinking was for passing up the possible draft of Rey Maualuga?
I’m not sure that Maualuga was ever really being considered as a draft pick for the Seahawks for a few reasons. First, the Seahawks already have a Pro Bowl middle linebacker—
Second, the Seahawks were offered a first round pick in 2010 for their early second round pick this year. That’s a really tough deal to pass up; think of how many options the Seahawks will have next year with two first-rounders! By the time they traded back into the second round, Maualuga was already off the board. So, the opportunity wasn’t there either.
Q: I'm a Seattle boy living in San Diego and faithfully follow the Seahawks since they were formed. I'm wondering about all the stuff I'm reading about the Seahawks needing to draft a QB of the future. I thought
Hmm. This is an interesting question. First, I think I should say that I do believe that Matt has another two to three seasons left in him, and more, to be honest.
Say Matt plays for another four years. That would put Seneca in his 12th year in the league before he was a starter. Now, I’m not saying that it couldn’t be done, because it certainly could, and I honestly do believe that Seneca has the ability to be an NFL starter. But I think that at that time, the Seahawks will be looking for another franchise quarterback, not someone to take the reins for two or three years.
All that said, I think that if Seneca were unhappy in his role in Seattle, he would have left to pursue a starting job. But especially now with Coach Mora stepping in, and with the addition of creative offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, Seneca is probably excited about the different ways he’ll be utilized other than just as a quarterback. As long as Matt stays healthy, which the coaches and trainers are optimistic that he will, the door is open for Seneca to be a real star on the Seahawks in all sorts of capacities.
Q: Hi MBK. I really like what the Seahawks did with our 1st and 2nd picks but I was wondering… Now that Seattle has two first round picks next year, do you think they will make a move for Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards? Thank you and go hhhhhaaaaawwwwwkkkkkkkssssss!
I think that Seattle is feeling pretty good about where it is in terms of personnel, picking up Ken Lucas in free agency and drafting some great young prospects. Would it be nice to have one of those players? Of course, but I don’t think it’s necessary to win. I think the Seahawks already have a roster that practically guarantees to at least double the number of wins in 2008, and giving up that extra first-round pick seems like an impulsive move right now.
Consider this—the Seahawks will inevitably be better in 2009. That means they’ll probably have a pretty low pick in the first round of the 2010 draft (and if Denver ends up being any good, that’ll be a second low pick). But what if there’s a player in the draft who the Seahawks feel they must have? They can definitely trade into the top five with two low first-rounders, especially if one of those teams in the top five can’t afford to pay for a player that high.
Not to mention, of any position the Seahawks would choose to bolster right now, I think wide receiver would be one of the last. At the first minicamp, ten receivers were listed on the roster, and the Seahawks picked up an eleventh in the third round of the draft. It just doesn’t seem to be necessary.
Q: What do you make of the Seahawks going against a bunch of the scouts and taking Curry instead of Sanchez? Was it just the fact that they wanted an “immediate impact” player, and Sanchez would’ve sat behind Hasselbeck for a while, assuming Hasselbeck was able to stay healthy?
That’s definitely a part of it. Ruskell and Coach Mora both said throughout the process that it would be nice to draft a player who could step in and start making a difference this season. However, they also acknowledged that if you draft a good quarterback, it’s okay to let him sit for a few seasons and learn from a veteran like Matt, because it would ultimately be good for the franchise.
More than anything, I think that the Seahawks were very, very crafty and very, very confidential throughout this whole process. I think they wanted Curry from the very beginning, but wouldn’t let anyone know that. They not only allowed the Sanchez rumor mill to get going, they perpetuated it by heavily attending his pro day at USC and by purposely leaving the door open during interviews to drafting a quarterback.
The fact that the Seahawks drafted Curry and not one of the available quarterbacks with their No. 4 pick should ease the minds of all those who have written in and are concerned about
Q: How does Max Unger fit into the Seahawks’ immediate plans? After making such a big deal about drafting players who can help right now rather than a few years down the road, I don’t see him replacing anyone on the offensive line. Am I wrong?
Definitely a valid concern, and I don’t have a definite answer for you. But, it’s important for the Seahawks to have more options—and I mean real options, who they can seamlessly put into a game without a noticeable drop-off in talent—all over the line, especially after the injury bug hit the group towards the end of last season. And I’m not even saying that the makeshift line at the end of last season didn’t do its job, because it absolutely did. But what I am saying is that the more talent you put up front, the better off you’ll be all over the field.
Will Unger win a starting spot somewhere on the line? Only time will tell. He’s good enough to start this year in the NFL—that’s one thing I do know. But that talent and strength will be an asset whether he ends up starting for the Seahawks or not.
Plus, I have a hunch that Coach Knapp must have seen something special in Unger, something that will definitely help his trademark powerful running game. I’m excited for him to get on the field so we can see what he can do out there!
Q: GREETINGS MBK!!!! Wow, what an exciting draft. I thought Mr. Ruskell made all the right moves. I can't believe we got Denver’s # 1 pick in 2010. I can only imagine how excited the organization is to have Curry on board. How do you think our draft selections will help us prepare for the Cards twice this year? Do you believe with a healthy Kerney and re-signing
I agree—I think Ruskell did some great things with the Seahawks’ picks this year. I’m also very excited about getting Denver’s first-rounder in 2010. It will give the Seahawks a ton of options when draft time rolls around!
Good question about preparing for the Seahawks’ annual double-dose of the Cardinals. I think Arizona’s offense was significantly stronger than its defense last year—and the same will likely be true again this year, dedicating their first round pick to Beanie Wells, a running back—so let’s look at how the Seahawks’ defense has improved this offseason.
- Aaron Curry. Many people have said that Curry’s one weakness is his pass rushing, but when a blitz is called, you better believe that Curry is going to get to the quarterback on a lot of those plays. He also will make sure that anything thrown in or around his zone will be covered. He’s also been touted as an extremely intelligent player, so he’ll be able to read Arizona’s pass-heavy offense like a book.
- Ken Lucas. What an exciting pick-up for the Seahawks! Lucas,
Marcus Trufantand Josh Wilsonwill all be formidable corners this year, and Kelly Jennings and Kevin Hobbsare not far behind. Those long passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston won’t be as threatening when the corners are stepping up and causing problems.
- Colin Cole and Cory Redding. These defensive linemen are going to stuff up any running game that Arizona thinks it will be able to generate with Wells against the Seahawks. They’re enormous men, but they’re also very mobile and will be able to beat Arizona’s offensive line.
- Patrick Kerney. His shoulder is healing and he’ll be back to his Pro Bowl form this season. In 2007, he had 14.5 sacks. I definitely expect him to have a similar year in ’09, and the more pressure he puts on the quarterback, the less time Kurt Warner will have to throw the long bombs that taunted the Seahawks in ’08.
I don’t know this for sure, but my guess is that the Seahawks are just about done with free agency. They added seven players in the draft, and another handful of rookie free agents after the draft. They’ve got plenty to juggle right now, and have solidified and deepened all the areas where there may have been question marks previously.
Q: Hi Mary Beth. Let’s start off with the signing of Ken Lucas. He definitely sures up our secondary. I for one was sad to see him go, and happy to see him back. The draft went as well for the Hawks as if they had the number 1 pick. Curry in my opinion was the only player in the top 5 that the Hawks could justify paying the crazy money to these unproven college players. Then to get Denver’s #1 next year was the steal of the draft, also getting Unger--the player they wanted--was impressive. The only worries I have (injuries aside) are the running game, and the o-line. Do you think those two concerns of mine are justified?
I think the concerns you have are linked—without a solid offensive line, the running game is going nowhere, and without a good running game, you wouldn’t need athletes on the o-line, you’d just need a bunch of refrigerators standing there to protect the quarterback.
You mentioned Unger, and I think that’s the first step in answering your question. Greg Knapp knows that a great o-line is vital for a dangerous ground attack, and snagging Unger—as I said before—was a total steal late in the second round. Unger’s versatility, toughness, and stop-at-nothing-to-get-the-job-done attitude will be vital for an offensive line that was weakened by injuries by the end of last season. Unger will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the quarterback is protected and the running back has a lane to work through. This is no refrigerator of a lineman; he is dynamic and athletic.
I also think that Greg Knapp is very, very happy with the running back corps he has here in Seattle. He and Coach Mora are excited to use TJ Duckett in an expanded capacity from his limited—albeit effective—responsibility as a short-yardage back last season. Coach Mora has repeatedly said how excited he is about