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The comments started on March 28th when I announced the results of the first three rounds...the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn. They don't need a quarterback.
Respectfully, I disagree. It is no secret that I've been projecting Flynn would join the Seahawks for the last year. At first, I thought it would happen via trade, but the Packers felt the need to hold onto their backup, showing confidence in his ability to lead the team should Aaron Rodgers miss any time.
Seattle just waited until he became a free agent and then signed him, upstaging the Miami Dolphins for his services.
I still believe Flynn will be a good starting quarterback in the NFL, but also recognize he may not live up to some lofty expectations. Should that happen, Seattle will want another option to build the offense around.
Brock Osweiler could be that quarterback.
He is a bit raw and will need some time to season before being tested by the NFL fire, but he has the size, athleticism, accuracy and quick release that could propel him to a great career. He will need to work on his decision-making, as he got over-confident at times. I've also discussed concerns with his deep accuracy in prior articles.
With some time and coaching, though, he will be able to push Flynn after Tarvaris Jackson's contract is up...and could possibly become an elite quarterback.
Then again, he may not develop, and Seattle could be looking to grab one of the top prospects expected to hit the 2013 draft.
There is now talk that Osweiler could be the fourth quarterback selected in the draft, and in the first round at that.
Despite his height, (Osweier) is very flexible and has a solid throwing platform. (Noel) Mazzone has worked with him to correct a tendency to drop his elbow, which Osweiler avoided doing on Friday.
Based on Friday’s workout, I think Osweiler vaulted himself into the first round on draft day. He will likely work out for a number of teams; there is a lot of excitement surrounding him. His showing Friday was somewhat surprising; I think he exceeded the expectations of everybody in attendance.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Surprising to some, perhaps, but it appears I'm not the only one interested in Osweiler joining the Seahawks. Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator) attended his pro-day workout.
Osweiler performed very well overall at his pro day. His 40-time was in the 4.9 second range, which is about what was expected. However, he showed great mobility in the pocket and threw very well on the run. His footwork was also impressive, along with a modified throwing motion that was more over-the-top than his normal 3/4 sidearm motion.
Osweiler's accuracy was very good for the most part, completing 66 of 75 passes with two drops. The one issue was again the deep ball, overthrowing his receivers for most of the incomplete passes.
Perhaps Ricardo Lockette can fix that issue.
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