Over the weekend the rumor mills were churning in Seattle as a belief that the Seahawks could be thinking about jumping up a few spots in the first round of the draft to acquire Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. This after Seahawks GM John Schneider explained to the News Tribune on during a pre-draft news conference. As quickly as Schneider created the possibility, he shot it down just as fast with one simple statement.
“It’s fun to talk about, but I mean, Tannehill’s not going to be there,” said Schneider. “You know, I think he’s going to get drafted pretty high.
There are other reasons why I don’t believe the Seahawks should invest their twelve spot in the first round on the QB position. For starters they just invested three years and $19.5 million to former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn. Both Flynn and Travaris Jackson will be the battling for the starting position this summer. The Seahawks also have Josh Portis who signed an undisclosed contract with the Hawks last year.
So Seattle has options at the quarterback position heading in to the 2012 season. Their hope is that Flynn’s success in Green Bay wasn’t a fluke and he can continue playing at a high level.
Keeping all that in mind, coach Pete Carroll has far more pressing needs to get his team over the 7-9 2011 campaign. And holding the No. 12 pick provides plenty of alternative options that could provide a more immediate impact in their roster. I believe the Seahawks should stick on the defensive side of the ball in the first round and believe the defensive line is where they’ll be looking.
Defensive End: Quinton Coples
Seattles defense isn’t to far off from being a very good, possibly elite, defense in the NFL. They have a strong pair of safeties, lost Lofa Tatupu in free agency but found what they hope to be a suitable replacement in Barrett Ruud. And their defense line came alive in 2011 with defensive ends Chris Clemons and Red Bryant paving the way. Beyond that the Seahawks could use some help.
Adding a player like Coples would be a perfect fit in Seattle’s 4-3 system. He has the prototypical size, can play every snap as a pass-rushing end, and has an array of weapons to beat the blocker and get to the quarterback. Combine his size with his discipline, Coples also has a keen ability to be effective against the run also.
Seattle could look to Boston College LB Luke Kuechly to help solidify their linebacker corp, and nobody would blame them for doing so. Either Coples or Kuechly would help get Seattle’s defense to the next level.
We’re just one day away from the big show. What will Pete Carroll and co. do when they are on the clock? Your guess is as good as mine. Feel free to chime in below in the comments section and provide your thoughts!