Series: A look at the other three teams in the most wide open division in football.
What a difference a year makes. A year ago at this time, the Rams were the team no one wanted to be. A team in chaos, who was coming off a 6-42 span that saw the epic collapse of what once stood as an offensive haven. When the first round ended, the Rams had addressed their biggest question -- quarterback. Fast forward a season and the Cardinals, 49ers and Seahawks now have that unsettling, uncomfortable feeling at quarterback. Will the other teams follow the Rams’ approach and try to answer their quarterback question in round one or could they go after a guy that is going to sack Sam Bradford? Here’s a look at the draft options for the Cardinals, 49ers and Seahawks.
The Seahawks shocked everybody last year by making the playoffs and eventually knocking off the defending champs, New Orleans Saints, in the wildcard round. This team will infamously be remembered for becoming the first team ever to make the playoffs -- and win a playoff game -- with a losing record. However, despite the playoff berth, this team has some big holes to fill from top to bottom.
My pick for the Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker – QB – Washington
Longtime quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is a free agent. Even if the Seahawks bring him back, quarterback is a position they could address early in this draft. Hasselbeck, who will be 36 next season, has spent most of the last 3 seasons battling injuries. Not to mention, his 44 interceptions to 34 touchdowns during that span, coupled with a quarterback rating no higher than 75.1%, there's no reason not to consider a quarterback with this pick.
Some might say that Charlie Whitehurst is the heir-apparent to Hasselbeck. I don’t think Charlie Whitehurst has done anything to cement himself as Hasselbeck’s replacement, and Vic Carucci of NFL.com agrees with this theory. In a recent chat he wrote, “I do believe that somewhere along the line the Seahawks will draft a quarterback, because they have to have a successor-in-waiting for Matt Hasselbeck. Right now, he doesn’t appear to be on the roster.”
Carucci has Arkansas quarterback, Ryan Mallet going to the Seahawks with the 25th pick. Mallet is surely another option with the pick. Unlike Carucci, I think Jake Locker will be around at 25, and what a better way to replace a fan favorite in Hasselbeck than with a quarterback beloved by the whole state of Washington? [Editor's note: The proprietor of the venerable Seahawks blog Field Gulls was more worried about Mallett disappearing early, cashing in several trade chips to get to the #15 pick in MockThree to take Mallett.]
We consider other options, after the break: