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2016 NFL Draft Preview: Do the Seahawks Need to Find Russell Wilson's Backup?

A look at where the Seahawks' roster currently stands at quarterback, and at some of the top prospects in this year's draft.

With the NFL Draft coming up, is taking a position-by-position look at where things currently stand with Seattle's roster, as well as the top prospects at each position. We'll also look at Seattle's draft history at each position under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

Seattle currently holds nine picks in the 2016 draft, which begins on Thursday, April 28 in Chicago. 

Round 1 | Pick 26 | No. 26 overall

Round 2 | Pick 25 | No. 56 overall

Round 3 | Pick 27 | No. 90 overall

Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 97 overall*

Round 4 | Pick 26 | No. 124 overall

Round 5 | Pick 34 | No. 171 overall*

Round 6 | Pick 40 | No. 215 overall*

Round 7 | Pick 4 | No. 225 overall (from Dallas) 

Round 7 | Pick 26 | No. 247 overall

* - Compensatory Pick (compensatory picks cannot be traded).

So far we've covered the offensive and defensive lines, running backs, linebackers, receivers and cornerbacks, today we shift our focus to quarterbacks.

Draft History (Under Schneider and Carroll)

QB Russell Wilson (No. 75 overall, 2012)

Where the Seahawks Stand

The Seahawks have had the luxury of going into the last few drafts knowing they already have a Pro-Bowl quarterback on their roster. Not only that, the Seahawks acquired Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft, meaning that unlike a lot of teams that use first-round picks, or that make big trades to move up in the first round to get their quarterback, the Seahawks landed their franchise quarterback without investing a lot of draft capital in the process.

But while all of that might mean the Seahawks don't need to look for a quarterback early in the draft, that doesn't mean they might not look to add to that position at some point this weekend. Tarvaris Jackson, who has been Wilson's backup for the past three seasons, is currently an unrestricted free agent, and while Carroll said at the NFL annual meetings that the Seahawks want Jackson back, they can't necessarily go into the draft assuming that will happen, and other than Wilson, the only other quarterback on the roster right now is Phillip Sims, a player with no regular-season NFL experience.

Schneider has said in the past that he likes the idea of drafting quarterbacks frequently, even with a starter in place, something the Green Bay Packers did while Schneider worked in that front office. So far, however, the way drafts have fallen, Schneider and Carroll have not picked a quarterback other than Wilson. So while Seattle's batting average is pretty solid drafting quarterbacks under Carroll and Schneider, they have not found a potential backup to Wilson via the draft, at least not so far. Perhaps that changes this week, or maybe an undrafted free agent or Sims can develop into a backup, or maybe Jackson re-signs, but whatever happens, the Seahawks can enjoy the draft knowing that the most important position in the sport isn't a huge priority for them.

Take a look at NFL Media Analyst Mike Mayock's Top 5 quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

NFL Media Draft Expert Mike Mayock's Top 5 Quarterbacks 

*1. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State *

Bottom Line (via With a body type that is as prototypical as they come and a background in reading the entire field and working through progressions, Wentz will immediately check a couple of boxes that many college quarterbacks won't be able to check. While his arm strength is OK, he can still make all the throws and he can make them with accuracy. His ability to escape pressure and pick up first downs with his feet will be yet another check mark in his favor. Wentz is still in a developmental phase after just two years at an FCS program, but has the mental and physical building blocks of a future, franchise quarterback.

*2. Jared Goff, California  *

Bottom Line (via While Goff is a little leaner in the lower body than teams might like, he has good size, an NFL arm, advanced pocket mobility and the field demeanor of a franchise quarterback. His accuracy and decision making will suffer from occasional lapses, but he displays the tools to become a good starting quarterback with time.

*3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis *

Bottom Line (via While the hype around "dual threat" quarterbacks has subsided, Lynch possesses the size and athleticism to make NFL teams take a second look. Unlike other size/speed quarterbacks like Vince Young and Colin Kaepernick, Lynch prefers to extend passing plays with his feet rather than bolting from the pocket, but he is still likely to make plenty of plays with his feet over the long haul. Lynch shows the ability to read defenses and make smart decisions, but not yet at an NFL starting level. While he has the physical tools to start right away, a team who is willing to allow him to sit and study his craft for a year could reap maximum rewards in the future.

*4. Connor Cook, Michigan State *

Bottom Line (via As a four-year starter, Cook has the big game experience and the production from a pro-­style attack that should warrant early consideration. The concern is that his short and intermediate accuracy has never shown the improvement and consistency that scouts expected to see. His inability to take over in big games this year could hurt his cause. Cook flashes the potential of an NFL starter, but he has the makeup of game manager over playmaker.

*5. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State *

Bottom Line (via Hard to find an NFL comp for Prescott because he's built like Donovan McNabb, but lacks McNabb's ability and polish. Prescott has NFL size, mobility and enough arm, but the tape shows a player who must improve his mechanics, poise and quickness through his progressions if he is to become a full­-time starter in the NFL. There are absolutely draftable traits and upside, but he will need extended work to smooth out his flaws. Until then, a team would be wise to utilize him on short-yardage packages.


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