The Seahawks wrapped up their 2018 draft by selecting Alex McGough, a quarterback out of Florida International University.
McGough becomes just the second quarterback drafted by Pete Carroll and John Schneider after Russell Wilson in 2012. And the move comes only a week after Schneider talked about needing to do a better job drafting and developing quarterbacks behind Wilson.
“The two most important people in the building are the head coach and the quarterback,” Schneider said. “I was really blessed to start with Ron Wolf (in Green Bay). He traded for Brett Favre right when he got there, then he acquired Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer, Aaron Brooks—I may be missing somebody in there—but I don’t feel like we’ve done, and me personally, have done a good enough job of continuing to acquire quarterbacks all the way through. It’s a little bit more difficult now because we don’t have NFL Europe so we can’t placing these guys (there)… We need to do a better job developing quarterbacks, period.”
McGough completed 232 of 355 attempts for 2,798 yards last season, throwing 17 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also rushed for 231 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries.
McGough, who the Seahawks brought to Seattle for a pre-draft visit, describes himself as “a competitor. I want to win, I will do everything to win. Someone who leads his teammates; they want to play for me. They see how hard I play and how well I prepare, so I think it just drives my teammates to get behind me and play.”
Check out photos of FIU quarterback Alex McGough, who the Seahawks selected with the No. 220th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.