Jimmy Clausen or Jake Locker: Who Will Be the Next Seahawks QB?

Lars HansonCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies in action against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Since 2001, Matt Hasselbeck has been quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. In that time the Seahawks have had two head coaches, three GMs and countless highs and lows.

Hasselbeck has broken and set countless passing records in his eleven seasons in Seattle, as well as a handful of playoff records.

Some can make the argument that Hasselbeck is the most successful quarterback in Seahawks' history. Either way, he is in the top three.

But now it's time to pass the red jersey onto someone else after the season.

So who will replace the great Matt Hasselbeck?

Well, Seneca Wallace, the long time second-string quarterback for Seattle doesn't seem to be "Johnny-on-the-spot."

And 2009 sixth-round pick, Mike Teel has only played in two preseason games in his NFL career. So far, the Seahawks' coaching staff hasn't shown the trust to start him despite problems on offense this season.

So now it's down to free agency and the 2010 NFL Draft.

The most likely free agents quarterbacks this offseason are the Redskins' Jason Campbell and the Eagles' Michael Vick. Not exactly the best two quarterbacks to lead Seattle's pass-heavy offense.

So the Seahawks should turn to the 2010 NFL Draft to find the next Matt Hasselbeck. With two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, it makes it the best choice.

Who are the best possible quarterbacks that will be in the draft? Let's take a look.

Jimmy Clausen, Jr. Notre Dame

Jake Locker, Jr. Washington

Sam Bradford, Jr. Oklahoma

Colt McCoy, Sr. Texas

Tim Tebow, Sr. Florida

Those are the top five quarterbacks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Both Clausen and Locker are juniors, so they have the option to go back to school.

For this topic we've narrowed it down to the two quarterbacks who fit best in the Seahawks' system, Jake Locker and Jimmy Clausen.

Let's take a look at each quarterback and then decide which is the most likely to become the next starting QB.


Jake Locker

With the addition of Steve Sarkisian at Washington, quarterback Jake Locker has thrived under his new pro-style offense.

This has been Locker's best statistical season at Washington with 14 TDs, 9 INTs, 2,203 yards passing, 181/321 for a 56 percent completion and 6.8 YPA.

Are they the world’s greatest stats? No, but stats aren't everything.

On film, Locker has looked great and the key to his growth is the fact that when he has the option to run, he instead moves around in the pocket and waits to make the right throw.

Locker has the frame of an NFL QB at 6'3" and 226 lbs.

Locker also has another trait that only a handful of quarterbacks have, and that's the ability to be a great runner as well as a passer.

He's not a white Michael Vick. He can throw well in the pocket and on the run and still has the same success.

Locker is also probably in the top three in the draft in terms of best complete athlete, as well as the best pure athlete. For a QB that's great news.

Add the fact that he can run a 4.4 40-yard-dash, and Jake Locker is the best QB heading into the 2010 NFL Draft.


Jimmy Clausen

If you want the best passing quarterback in the draft, look no further than Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen.

This season Clausen has thrown for 20 TDs, 3 INTs, 2,770 yards passing, 209/308 for a 67 percent completion and 8.9 YPA.

So the comparison between Locker and Clausen is that Clausen is more of the throwing, pocket QB, much like Tom Brady. Not to say Locker is not a throwing QB, but between the two, Clausen is better.

Clausen also has NFL size at 6'3" and 223 lbs.

So for the Seahawks, if they don't want to go with the athletic hometown boy and decide to go with the prototypical QB in Clausen, it will be because Locker is just getting used to being in a pass-heavy offense.


Final Decision

For the future of the Seattle Seahawks organization, if it's down to Jimmy Clausen and Jake Locker, who do they go with?

The answer is...Jake Locker

For a couple of reasons, besides the fact that Locker is a Washington guy from UW, as is Jim Mora; he just fits what Mora and the Seahawks need.

A strong throwing QB, who can be mobile if needed and create plays on his own, unlike Hasselbeck.

Also, Locker would add another dimension to the Seahawks offense in the Wildcat.

So the pick should be Locker for the Seattle Seahawks.