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Sam Bradford Is the Wrong Choice for Seattle Seahawks

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners stands on the sidelines after suffering an injury against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Marci NobleAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2010

I concede that the Seahawks have some needs at quarterback.  Hasselbeck is getting old, he’s been in and out with injuries over the last two seasons, and the old dog may not be able to learn Alex Gibbs’ and Jeremy Bates’ new tricks (although Bates said himself Hasselbeck “has been incredible” learning the new schematics).

But, how does it make sense to replace one injured quarterback with another?  Especially when the offensive line is too shoddy to protect him.

Any quarterback working for the Seahawks without a dramatic offensive line overhaul is at a high risk for repeated injuries.  So why use a high draft pick on a quarterback?  Any quarterback.  Not necessarily one who not only didn’t play his senior season, but will not throw in the combine.

The Seahawks’ first round draft picks should be used to strengthen their offensive line.  Yes, top OT Russell Okung will probably be claimed before number six, but there are a number of other viable options that won’t be. 

Idaho’s Mike Iupati has the talent and size to excel in Alex Gibbs’ zone blocking offense. 

Prefer someone from a more competitive conference?  Try Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga.

Some have compared Rutgers’ Anthony Davis to Walter Jones.  Why not stick with what we know?

If a quarterback is what Pete Carroll wants then he should use his second round draft pick to secure one of the many quarterbacks who will still be available.

How about Max Hall?  He is one of the cogs that has helped put the Mountain West Conference on the map in recent years.

If we’re talking about injured quarterbacks, let’s look at Cincinnati’s Tony Pike.  At least his injury is to his non-throwing arm.

Or how about Oregon State’s Sean Canfield?  He’s a solid athlete and one of the most outstanding quarterbacks in the Pac-10 last year.

I still like small town option Dan LeFevour.  He’s one of the most malleable choices in the draft and could truly benefit from an apprenticeship under someone like Hasselbeck.

There are myriad options without spending a high draft pick on a commodity.

Shore up the O-line, then go for a quarterback.

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