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The Answer to the Quarterback Question is Not in the 2010 Draft

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks celerbates against the Detroit Lions on November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Lions 32-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Josh HilemanContributor IDecember 13, 2009

Yes, everyone is saying that the Seahawks need to draft a quarterback, but to steal a line from Lee Corso, "not so fast my friend."

The Seahawks have an All-Pro quarterback right now, that if given more than the two seconds that the offensive line has given him this year, is still more than capable of leading an NFL team to the playoffs. Also, the price of a quarterback this year—especially if taken in the first round of the draft—is going to be astronomically higher than next year.

For all that Matt Hasselbeck has done to bring the Seattle Seahawks to prominence, fans and the media especially have been to quick to plan his demise. Injuries are something that every player faces and he has had his fair share over the last two years, but he comes back stronger and better than before the injury. Hasselbeck deserves at least one more year before the 12th Man begins calling for his replacement.

Next year, the NFL may have a rookie cap, making players cheaper to sign, rather than giving $75 million in guaranteed money to a player that hasn't even stepped on an NFL field. Let me just say, thank you NFL for finally realizing that paying a 21-year old kid that much money up front is ridiculous.

This year is supposed to be the year of the next Hall of Fame quarterback. Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Jimmy Clausen are all going to be picked in the first two rounds. Not to mention Jake Locker is the hometown hero that fans want, a fairy tale ending to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl win.

A little advice for Mr. Locker—stay in school. You have a baseball fall back and this is the time of your life. If you wait until next year, you will be without a doubt, the first quarterback drafted, barring some freak accident.

However, next year does have some interesting quarterback prospects that will be great NFL players even if Locker comes out this year. Many quarterbacks entering the draft next year will have major upsides.

Some of them are Kellen Moore (Boise State, 3,325 YDS, 39 TDs, three INTs, and a 64.8 percent completion rate), Andy Dalton (TCU, 2,484 YDS, 22 TDs, five INTs, and a 62.4 percent completion rate), Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M, 3,217 YDS, 28 TDs, six INTs, and a 60.8 percent completion rate), and possibly Jevan Snead (Ole Miss, 2,464 YDS, 20 TDs, 17 INTs, and a 54.3 percent completion rate). Those players could be coming out next year.

One player who could come out next year and one who will probably come out this year are  Nick Foles (Arizona, 2,438 YDS, 19 TDs, eight INTs, and a 66.1 percent completion rate) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas, 3,425 YDS, 29 TDs, seven INTs, and a 57.2 percent completion rate).

Obviously, this year has the big name college quarterbacks coming out, but next year will have the next franchise quarterback. Too many questions surround the top choices this year—arm strength, leadership, field vision, and injuries.

Next year, sure, there will be questions, but how can you turn down two players in Moore and Dalton who lead their teams to the top of the BCS year in and year out, or a player like Mallett who many coaches believe is the best quarterback in the SEC.

The Seahwaks would be wise to give Hasselbeck the chance to show what he can do next year without having him try and mentor his successor.

The Seattle Seahawks are definitely struggling and not playing to their potential, however, quarterback is not the position that needs a quick fix by wasting a first round selection.

Unfortunately, the Hawks will probably waste one of their two first round choices on a quarterback. Hopefully, smarter minds prevail and the new GM, whoever he may be, will realize that the team desperately has other positions that need to be upgraded.

The quarterback position may be deep according to all the draft boards, but does that depth really require the use of a first round pick when next years quarterback prospects look to have a few players who can actually lead a team and have all the intangibles needed to thrive in the NFL?

The answer is still Matthew Hasselbeck. The man who changed the future of what Seattle fans want from a quarterback. Give the man a chance and an offensive line, and he will be back to the All-Pro form that all fans want.

Seattle, do not waste a pick in the 2010 draft on an over hyped quarterback who will fail in the NFL. Drafting quarterbacks is never a good omen in Seattle and it won't be this year either.

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