Part 1 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27.
Depth Chart: Russell Wilson, Paxton Lynch.
Expectations: Seattle likely won't draft a quarterback but taking one late wouldn't be a horrible idea.
Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a rundown of QBs Seattle could select in the mid to late rounds.
Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).
The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, also ends any idea that the Seahawks could be in the market for a young, starting-caliber quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.
However, even with Wilson locked up Seattle might want to consider adding a young quarterback to the mix that could be groomed into a legitimate alternative should Wilson ever go down for any length of time. Consider that Seattle has selected just one other quarterback in the draft since taking Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft. That player was Alex McGough, a seventh-round pick last season. He is now with Jacksonville.
The need for a solid backup has not been great since Seattle acquired Wilson given that he has not missed a start in seven seasons. But he's bound to miss one, or more, at some point. Virtually all great quarterbacks eventually miss time.
Right now, Seattle's backup is Paxton Lynch, signed this offseason after the Seahawks failed to bring back last year's backup, Brett Hundley, now with Arizona.
“At this point it’s really still about potential to play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the Lynch acquisition. "But he’s got some great aspects in his background and he’s got some NFL experience. It wasn’t all great, but it was still experience and that will help him with good coaches and all that.”
While the 6-foot-7 Lynch is at least somewhat intriguing, the reality is that a franchise with quarterback issues gave up on him and there's no real reason to believe that Lynch would help Seattle win very many games should Wilson become injured.
Enter the idea of taking a promising quarterback to be developed over the next few years.
Quarterback certainly isn't a strong need, but should Seattle identify a quarterback in the middle rounds that looks to have at least the potential to develop into a competent starter, the Seahawks should at least give him some consideration. With Wilson set to turn 31 in November, it could be better to groom someone in-house rather than rely on acquiring the failed projects of others.