5 QB prospects the Seahawks could target to backup Russell Wilson in 2020
It understandably hasn’t been talked about much, but the Seahawks are still in need of a backup QB.
I’m of the opinion that Seattle should try to bring back Geno Smith and call it a day (and they might), but there’s a chance that the Seahawks opt to bring in a rookie for the job. Should Seattle go that route, the team wouldn’t spend early- to mid-round draft capital on a quarterback as Russell Wilson remains firmly in his prime and is yet to miss a game in his NFL career (yes, you can knock on wood after reading that).
Thus, here are five quarterbacks who could fit as potential Day 3 draft picks or undrafted free agents with analysis from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
Jake Luton, Oregon State
Luton was one of the most efficient passers in college football last season. He posted 2,714 yards and 28 touchdowns to just three interceptions for an impressive passer rating of 149.8. Luton is coming to the NFL with experience in a pro-style offense and playing under center, a rarity for most college QBs. The 6-foot-6 signal caller takes good care of the football and had a career deep ball completion rate of 50%. His weaknesses, according to Zierlein, include underwhelming progression skills and the tendency to make predetermined throws.
2020 NFL Draft Highlights- Jake Luton
Anthony Gordon, Washington State
Gordon put up prolific numbers in Mike Leach’s air raid offense, throwing for 5,579 yards and 48 touchdowns in 2019. Tape on Gordon is limited as he was only a starter for one season in college. For that reason, he remains a bit raw and would be a bit of a project with upside. Zierlein likes Gordon’s compact and efficient delivery as well as his consistent touch. Despite having ideal height and 6-foot-2, Gordon’s frame lacks mass at just 205 pounds. His zip on short to intermediate throws is also a concern, according to Zierlein.
James Morgan, Florida International
The 6-foot-4 signal caller saw his numbers dip from his junior season to his senior season as he posted just 2,585 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019. According to Zierlein, Morgan flashes “major league arm talent” and has the toughness to stand in the pocket and make big-time throws before taking a hit. As evidenced by his stats, consistency is an issue for Morgan, and he struggles at times with touch and accuracy.
Tyler Huntley, Utah
Huntley is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in this year’s class. He threw for 3,092 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019 and added 290 yards and five scores as a runner. Per Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network, Huntley’s mobility and overall athleticism are his best traits. That gives him a decent floor with workable upside if he’s able to improve his decision making and speed up his progressions in the pocket. As Crabbs noted, Huntley’s ability to diagnose a defense was inconsistent at Utah.
Mason Fine, North Texas
Fine, like Russell Wilson, is just 5-11 and has some dual-threat capabilities. He threw for 3,088 yards, 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior in 2019. Zierlein touts Fine’s awareness and command of an offense. His lack of prototype size and arm strength are among his biggest downfalls.