With the NFL Draft coming up, Seahawks.com is taking a position-by-position look at where things currently stand on the Seahawks' 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.
The Seahawks currently hold 7 picks in the 2017 draft, which begins today in Philadelphia.
- Round 1 | Pick 26 | No. 26 overall
- Round 2 | Pick 26 | No. 58 overall
- Round 3 | Pick 26 | No. 90 overall
- Round 3 | Pick 38 | No. 102 overall*
- Round 3 | Pick 42 | No. 106 overall*
- Round 6 | Pick 26 | No. 210 overall
- Round 7 | Pick 8 | No. 226 overall
Draft History Under Schneider and Carroll
QB Russell Wilson (No. 75 overall, 2012)
Where the Seahawks Stand
As you can see above, the Seahawks don't have much history of drafting quarterbacks since Carroll and Schneider took over—though their success rate is pretty solid when they do. That's not to say the Seahawks haven't expended resources on quarterbacks. Early on they traded for Charlie Whitehurst and later signed Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn as free agents, but other than Wilson, they have not had a draft play out to where they saw the right value in selecting a quarterback with a particular pick.
That goes against Schneider's own beliefs, which were shaped in part by his time in Green Bay where the Packers regularly drafted quarterbacks in the later rounds despite having Brett Favre on the roster, often times resulting in future trades of players like Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks and Mark Brunell. It hasn't been by design that the Seahawks haven't drafted quarterbacks since Wilson became their starter; that's just the way each draft has played out.
"It has just happened that way," Schneider said earlier this week. "It really has. I've always thought you have to have one in the chamber, and have a guy who is getting ready, and it just hasn't gone that way for us, you know? I don't know how to explain it. It's just the way it's stacked out for us. We know the quarterbacks and the level of play and the upside we've seen and how they are going to fit with us, and it just hasn't matched up, from a round standpoint. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't happen. That's a great question, because you are kind of like, 'Yeah, you are right. We haven't, right?' We haven't done that philosophically. That's something that you want to try to do. The most important position on the field."
There's a decent shot that this could be the year the Seahawks add to their quarterback depth via the draft, not just because they only have two quarterbacks on the roster, a number that will grow one way or another by training camp, but also because last year served as a good reminder of how important quarterback depth can be. Russell Wilson was able to battle through a pair of significant injuries, but if not for his ability to play through a high ankle sprain and knee sprain, the Seahawks would have been starting Trevone Boykin, an undrafted rookie, early in the season while likely having to scramble to sign another quarterback.
"We'll continue to look (at the backup spot), because the reality was right there," Carrol said at the end of the season. "You're down to your backup guy with nobody else on the roster. Thankfully that Boykin did a good job for us and gave us the confidence that we could hang in there. You get used to being in a two-quarterback system. For years that wasn't the way you go—it was three guys. It helps you on the roster and all of that, but we'll always look at that gain, we're always looking for quarterbacks in every draft, in every offseason. That's just something we've always consistently tried to do."
NFL Media Draft Expert Mike Mayock's Top 5 Quarterbacks
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Bottom Line (via NFL.com): Teams will have to weigh the inconsistent field vision and decision-making against his size, athleticism, leadership and production. While not perfect, teams can add checks to both arm and accuracy boxes for Watson. However, discussions about whether or not his areas of improvement can be corrected will likely determine whether a team will view him as a high-upside prospect or a franchise quarterback. Watson's transition from Clemson's offense to a pro-style attack will obviously take time, but his combination of intangibles and athletic ability make him worth a first-round selection.
2. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
Bottom Line (via NFL.com): Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.
3. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
Bottom Line (via NFL.com): Mahomes is a big, confident quarterback who brings a variety of physical tools to the party, but he's developed some bad habits and doesn't have a very repeatable process as a passer. Mahomes' ability to improvise and extend plays can lead to big plays for his offense, but he will have to prove he can operate with better anticipation and be willing to take what the defense gives him in order to win from the pocket. Mahomes will be a work in progress, but he's a high ceiling, low floor prospect.
4. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
Bottom Line (via NFL.com):The comparison to Steve McNair could raise eyebrows, but that is based primarily on size, mobility and arm strength. The aforementioned traits often land a quarterback in the first round, but Kizer's second-half drop in production combined with inconsistent decision-making and accuracy should be a speed bump for teams ready to jump in head-first on the traits. Kizer has the ability to become a quality starter, but has to improve his ball placement and field vision first.
5. Davis Webb, California
Bottom Line (via NFL.com): System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL.
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