Okay, so here we go with a change from last week, as I don't think the 'Hawks can fool around with the likes of Collin Klein anymore as a project.
While it's entirely possible that Ryan Nassib could be drafted well before the Seahawks ever make a single pick in this draft, the point is that I'm not entirely sold on entrusting the backup spot to the likes of Tyler Thigpen, Matt Leinart, Vince Young or whoever else is being mentioned in the rumor mill these days ("Is Josh Portis really coming back? via Seattlepi.com).
Is this pick, this early, a bit of an overreaction?
Perhaps, but in a weak crop of quarterbacks, I believe the 'Hawks have to start looking at the likes of the smart yet gritty Nassib or hope that University of Arizona's Matt Scott is still around late in Round 4 or early in Round 5.
Following the combine I had Scott penciled in with the Aaron Curry pick from Oakland in round five, but if quarterbacks start flying off the board earlier than anticipated, the pressure might be there to take Scott or whoever is left even earlier.
To me, this is a troubling development that I'd like to think the 'Hawks front office will have well in hand when the time comes, but for today it just begs the question, "Why did the 'Hawks trade Matt Flynn in the first place?"
Sports Illustrated's Peter King answers the question with a few of his own:
Put yourself in Seattle GM John Schneider's shoes. Do you want your confirmed backup quarterback taking up $7.25 million on your cap this year? Or do you trust your offensive coordinator and quarterback guru, Darrell Bevell, to train another guy to back up Russell Wilson? I'll take the latter choice any day of the week.
Fair enough, but let's not forget that Russell Wilson is only entering his second season in the NFL.
While he has done everything asked of him and then some, there is still a very small part of me that lives with the irrational fear WIlson will either be called back to his home planet, turn into a pumpkin, or something far worse at some point next season.
Flynn may have been an expensive and unproven security blanket, but I certainly slept a lot easier knowing he was around just in case.
Fortunately for us GM John Schneider appears to be in control of the situation while explaining the next steps to 710ESPN after finalizing the deal (Associated Press via Seattlepi.com):
"There's different avenues we can go," general manager John Schneider told 710ESPN Seattle. "We have a plan in place and it's contingent on who that player is. There are veterans who are available now, some very talented guys. Guys who are all football. ...
"There are also some guys in the draft we think are pretty interesting. We have a plan and we're going to take it as it comes."
Let's hope so, especially with Colt McCoy going to San Francisco.
Like it or not, I believe the 'Hawks will need to start giving serious consideration towards using a pick around this point to get a decent backup for Darrell Bevell to tutor.