Is Taking a QB With the First Pick Smart? Not If Seattle Wants Success This Year

lonnie swansonContributor IMarch 29, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 14:  Linebacker Orlando Huff #57 of the Seattle Seahawks receives attention from a trainer as he lays injured on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams on December 14, 2003 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 27-22 to win the NFC West. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

So here we are, all of us Seahawks fans, waiting for the end of April to come around so we can see what good or bad decisions are going to be made in this years draft.

There are some writers out there with some really good ideas of what Seattle should do, and then there are some with really bad ideas of what they should do.

Seattle has made a few good moves in the offseason in the free agency.

Definitely, signing Hoosh was the best move of the offseason—A+ on that move.

As far as the other moves, I would give them a C. Sure, Seattle added depth, but I am not sure that we improved much.

A key move we made was getting rid of Julian Peterson. I say it was a good move because he has just not been as productive as of late. I don't know if what we got would be considered an upgrade though. I guess we will truly see once we see them in action come game time.

Hopefully it was a good move because I am tired of seeing Seattle pick someone up in the offseason, only to watch them do worse for Seattle, then when they were playing for their last team. Hence, the next move to talk about.

Getting rid of Mo Morris. Dumb, dumb move. I was up and down on this move during last season when I knew he was in his last year of his contract. See when Seattle got rid of Shaun Alexander, I really felt like my favorite team had betrayed me. I have been a fan of him since watching him while he played at Alabama.

(See, I have an Uncle from Alabama who used to tell me about him—all the time! I started to pay attention to him, and learned he was a hell of a running back. When Seattle drafted him, I couldn't wait for Ricky Watters to get the hell out of dodge so Shaun could start. My prayers were answered and Ricky broke a bone.)

When they got rid of Shaun, and not Mo, there was a little resentment to Mo. I am a Ducks fan though, so I knew what type of back Mo was in college, and he always did awesome backing up Shaun in the pros.

Last season, we picked up Julius Jones and I thought, "Well maybe this will be a good combo." Was I ever so wrong.

I think that if Mo wouldn't have gotten injured last year, our team would have done better because Mo is one hell of a running back. In preseason I didn't really think it was him running, because it seemed like he was running for a starting job and not just a back up for Shaun.

I thought he should have been the full-time starter at the beginning of last season, not a rotation back. Damn, Holmgren!

Now, we go and get rid of Mo, and are left with "Jack-off" Jones to carry the load.

Now all that rambling up above has brought me to the point I wanted to bring up in this article about all the crack smoker's that think we need a QB with are very first pick.

You all saw Matt go down and we had Seneca to back him up. Then Wallace goes down with a leg injury, while trying to be a wide-out, and then we end up using Charlie (cheeseburger) and Frye-s.

I understand why you think we should get a QB. Nobody wants to see what happened last year, happen again. What people need to realize though, is that Seattle had a bad year due to injuries not lack of play. You cannot expect anyone to just enter into a game and hit the ground with there feet at full speed.

I guarantee, that if what happened last year to the Seahawks (injuries), happens again, I don't care if you draft a QB in the first round or not, Seattle is destined for another No. 4 pick again. Last year was a fluke—a big one. Will not happen again. So I guess that would bring me to my first point.

Seattle does not need a QB in the first round. We could get a great QB in the third or fourth round. People don't realize how different college ball is from the NFL. They sit there and hear NFL critics say who is the best and who is the most "NFL-ready."

Well, we don't need an "NFL-ready" QB. We have a starting QB—who is healthy.

We have a back up—who can come in and take the reigns if the starter goes down.

Now I will be the first to agree with anyone that says that Seneca is not a franchise QB, but he has proven he can come in and win. With a healthy team, he would win games for us if Matt were to go down for a couple of games. You can't blame Matt or Seneca on what happened last year.

If Matt was the only one to have been injured last year, we would have won the NFC West and made the playoffs. If we draft a QB, we can have one that is going to be a signal caller for a couple years and develop himself at the NFL level. There are 10 different QB in this years draft that could be successful NFL QB.

How many NFL rookie QB have there been in the NFL since 1980 to lead their team to the Super Bowl? Can anyone tell me?

Let me help everyone out who doesn't know—NONE.

Let me say it again— NONE!

Now in the past 29 years, how many QB have been said to be "NFL-ready"? Sorry, I don't know that number, but I guarantee it is a lot. How many have been failures? A lot. I could generate a list but you can do the investigating if you feel you need to school me on something.

My point is we don't need a QB with our first pick. I hope those who think Seattle is in desperate need of one, have finally woke up. If not, shed some tears for me when come draft day, your heart is broken when we don't pick one up in the first round.

If Seattle is to be successful this year, and make a Super Bowl run, we are going to have to be healthy. Bottom line.

I know that there are only two positions, which if addressed in the high rounds of the draft, can make an immediate impact on Seattle's success this year—D-line and running back.

I definitely agree that by picking up B.J. Raji in the first round, he will have an immediate impact on our D-line.

I also agree that if we pick up a running back in the first round, he will have immediate success, and also earn a starting role after four weeks into the season. There are a little more options at running back.

I will give you two draft scenarios, and hope that my predictions come true.

Draft No. 1

No. 1—B.J. Raji/DT Boston College

No. 2—Rashad Jennings/RB Liberty

No. 3—Phil Loadholt/OT Oklahoma

No. 4—Juaquin Iglesias/WR Oklahoma or Louis Murphy/WR Florida

No. 5—Louis Vasquez/OG Texas Tech or Trevor Canfield/OG Cinncinati

No. 6—Rett Bomar/QB Sam Houston st. or Hunter Cantwell/QB louisville

No. 7—Nick Reed/LB Oregon

Draft No. 2

No. 1—Chris Wells/RB Ohio St.

No. 2—Ron Brace/DT Boston College

No. 3—Max Unger/C Oregon

No. 4—Juaquin Iglesias/WR Oklahoma or Louis Murphy/WR Florida

No. 5—Louis Vasquez/OG Texas Tech or Trevor Canfield/OG Cinncinati

No. 6—Rett Bomar/QB Sam Houston st. or Hunter Cantwell/QB louisville

No. 7—Nick Reed/LB Oregon

There are my two drafts. If you notice, the top two picks are the same positions. All four of those players will do really good for Seattle.

Hope you can understand the top two draft positions Seattle needs to address for immediate success. My other picks could have immediate success, but the door for them is not as open as the running back and defensive tackle position.

People will realize that with one of these two scenarios there could be immediate help at a few key positions, and that is what we need. Other than that, Seattle is poised for another run to the big bowl.