NFL Draft 2012: 3 QBs the Seattle Seahawks Can't Ignore in the Draft

Madison GuernseyContributor IIIFebruary 14, 2012

NFL Draft 2012: 3 QBs the Seattle Seahawks Can't Ignore in the Draft

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    The Seattle Seahawks are just a few players away from being legit contenders in the NFC, and their biggest need is at quarterback.

    Tarvaris Jackson did have the best season of his career in 2011, but he simply cannot be Seattle's QB moving forward if they wish to compete for the Super Bowl.

    The 2012 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and all Seahawks fans can do is sit back and wait to hear the names being called.

    Here is a list of three quarterbacks Seattle should look into. 

1. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

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    After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill is the next best quarterback in the draft. It may not be wise for Seattle to go after him in the first round, but Tannehill could still be there in Round 2 and would start right away next season for the Seahawks.

    He has athleticism and size and has the ability to escape the pocket and pick up yards with his legs.

    Tannehill doesn't throw a great deep ball, but his agility allows him to be versatile and opens up the offensive playbook. 

    NFL comparison: Philip Rivers

2. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

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    MSU's Kirk Cousins has similar attributes to Tannehill: excellent short- to mid-range passer and struggles with the long ball. Cousins isn't great on his feet, but he has a high football IQ and will develop into a solid starting quarterback in the NFL.

    In his senior season at Michigan State, Cousins threw for 3,316 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 10 picks, while leading the Spartans to a thrilling triple-overtime win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

    He didn't put up eye-popping statistics, but Cousins is a solid QB who could be a surprise success at the next level.  

    Cousins will definitely be available in Round 2 or 3, and he could make a nice sleeper pick for the Seahawks.

    NFL comparison: Matt Hasselbeck

3. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State

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    San Diego State's Ryan Lindley is a QB who is flying somewhat under the radar pre-draft, but the 6'4'' senior put up impressive numbers with the Aztecs and possesses several pro qualities.

    In 2011, Lindley completed 237 passes which went for 3,153 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His arm is stronger than that of Tannehill and Cousins, but his deep-ball accuracy is nothing to write home about.

    He has a mental toughness about him and will adapt to the NFL quickly and easily.

    Lindley should be available in the middle to later rounds, and he has too much potential to ignore.

    NFL comparison: Brett Favre