Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: QBs

The first in a nine-part series analyzing the draft needs of the Seattle Seahawks begins with the quarterback position, which the Seahawks have already expended a 2011 draft pick on Charlie Whitehurst.

Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

In the Fold: Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, Mike Teel
Draft need: 2 (scale of 1-5)

Hasselbeck enters OTA and mini-camp season as the starting quarterback, though Whitehurst will reportedly get a chance to compete for the starting job, the first competition Hasselbeck has seen since he wrestled the job away from Trent Dilfer. Asking an untested quarterback to unseat a three-time Pro Bowler is a tall order, but both figure to benefit from having to earn the starting role.

Unless Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford somehow slid all the way to the sixth pick, the Seahawks took themselves out of the early-round quarterback market when they packaged a second-round trade down with a 2011 third-round pick to acquire Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers.

And being out of that particular draft market isn't a bad thing this year.

Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) is worthy of a first-round pick, but he may be at, or very close to, his ceiling as an NFL quarterback. His height (6-2) and lack of arm strength wouldn't be a very good fit in Jeremy Bates' offense. In other words, what you see may be what you get at the next level, and $30-35M in guaranteed money--which a quarterback chosen with the sixth pick could reasonably ask for, depending on contract length--isn't a sound investment.

Colt McCoy (Texas) and Tim Tebow (Florida) are likely to be long-gone by the time the Seahawks are on the clock again at pick 60. With no third-round pick, if the Seahawks do add a quarterback, it will come in the mid-to-late rounds, or after the draft altogether.

The Seahawks have worked out or visited with several mid-to-late round quarterback candidates, including John Skelton (Fordham), Tony Pike (Cincinnati), Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee), and Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols, who has visited the Seahawks and could be seventh-round/priority free agent option.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider believes in continually adding quarterbacks. With the right tutelage, quarterbacks can be valuable chips for adding draft choices down the line. Given that mindset, expect the Seahawks to add an arm to compete with Teel for the third quarterback spot on the Seahawks' 53-man roster.

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.

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