Seahawks to work out two top quarterbacks

For the past five years, the Seattle offense has been in the very capable hands of Pro Bowl QB Matt Hasselbeck, but the fiery signal-caller will turn 33 during the first month of the 2008 season and the Seahawks have been proactive in looking for a successor. Two senior quarterbacks will be in town next week to work out at the team's Kirkland headquarters and .NET gives a look at both…

Michigan QB Chad Henne got off to a great start to his Wolverine career, starting every game as a true freshman out of Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania.

In 47 games, all starts, Henne set Michigan career-records for completions (828), attempts (1,387), yards (9,715), touchdowns (87) and interceptions (37). He also ranks second in Wolverine history with 26 200-yard passing games.

"I'm definitely more knowledgeable of the game," Henne told reporters at the NFL Combine last month, when asked how he's changed as a football player since his freshman season in 2004. "Just being a smarter person, being a smarter quarterback, being able to take the leadership skills you need at the quarterback position and going out on the field and leading the team down the field and being able to identify coverages."

While he was a record-setter, his senior year left a lot to be desired. Injuries to his right knee and shoulder caused him to miss three games and limited him in four others, making his stats look relatively pedestrian.

After having three full months to heal, Henne now says he's now fully healed.

"My shoulder is feeling 100 percent and my knee is 100 percent," Henne said. "I separated my right shoulder – the A/C joint – and my right knee – I sprained my right PCL.

"The shoulder was very difficult. I did that in Illinois, I played through that game. I missed Minnesota after that. It was tough. But against Florida (in Michigan's Bowl game), it felt pretty good."

Henne chose not have surgery on his shoulder, opting to let time heal the joint and then he worked on strengthening it through workouts preparing for the Combine as well as his individual workouts.

While Henne is a traditional pocket-passer, he has enough athleticism to slide in the pocket to make defenders miss and his lower-body strength allows him to stay strong even when defenders are grasping at his legs.

He's also very sound mechanically, getting the maximum amount of velocity on his passes, using a good body and shoulder turn to accentuate his above-average arm.

Because of his experience, Henne has seen many different coverages and he makes good reads at the line, but at times he can struggle with his timing on deep throws.

Tim Yotter of Viking Update reports Henne will visit Seattle on March 25th, Tampa Bay and Miami on the 26th, Atlanta on the 28th, St. Louis on April 15th and Washington on April 16th.

Brian Brohm finished his career at Louisville by throwing for 4,024 yards, 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and broke the Big East record for passing yards by finishing his career with 10,775 yards. He also ranks second in Louisville history behind Chris Redmond's 12,541 yards.

Many thought that Brohm should have come out after his junior year, but the Louisville native, who was a record-setter at nearby Trinity High School, decided to stay to ease the transition from former head coach Bobby Petrino to current head coach Steve Kragthorpe.

"Dealing with adversity," Brohm acknowledged to reporters at least month's NFL Combine when asked what he learned during his senior year. "I went through a lot of struggling times, dealing with a coaching change. I learned how to operate in a new system and learn a new system quickly and be pretty successful and comfortable in that system.

"I've been on successful teams my whole career. I never had to go through a tough season like that, so just going through those struggles is something that, at one point in time, whether you like it or not, it's going to happen in the NFL. You're going to have a struggling season. Just being able to deal with that and know how to deal with it in the correct way will help me out in the future."

Brohm is a natural leader that comes from a good pedigree – his father and two brothers were standouts with the Cardinals and his brother Jeff was a backup in the NFL for several seasons.

"I'd say I'm more of a lead-by-example type guy," Brohm noted. "I'm a guy who likes to grind, who likes to get in the weight room, likes to get on the field and work hard.

"I think it wears off on the other guys, when they see a quarterback working harder than everybody else, they're going to go out there and work hard as well. You don't want to see anyone getting special treatment, taking it easy when you're the quarterback. I just go out there and work hard, put it all on the line. Hopefully guys are going to follow."

His team followed him to a 26-10 record over the past three seasons, including a Big East Championship and an 11-1 record in 2006 and an Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest.

In addition to his outstanding leadership skills, Brohm has all the tools necessary to be successful in the NFL. He has a good frame, measuring in at 6-3, 230 pounds at the NFL combine and posting a solid 4.78 forty time during his Pro Day workout.

Brohm needs to work on his release point a bit. He had too many balls batted at the line for a big signal-caller and he struggles at times with timing routes because he doesn't snap the ball out like you'd like to see.

He was projected as a top-15 prospect heading into the 2007 and has fallen out of the first round projections altogether as other players have raised their stock.

Yotter reports Brohm will visit Seattle on March 26th and he's already worked out for the New York Jets earlier this month.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET as we track the workouts for these two players as well as the others that will take place over the next four weeks. Top Stories