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How the McNabb Trade Creates an Interesting Conundrum for the Seahawks

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Zach BjornContributor IApril 5, 2010

Today, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that Donovan McNabb would be traded to the Washington Redskins for a second round pick in 2010 and a third or fourth round pick in 2011. This move was surprising, and now causes an interesting decision for the Seattle Seahawks.

How, you ask?

Well, many people have predicted the Redskins to take Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the upcoming NFL Draft. Now, in wake of the trade, they probably will not.

The Chiefs would pick next, and even with GM Scott Pioli drafting (see 2009), they won't pick Clausen when they have Cassel. The Lions are a candidate for a DT, but after the Corey Williams acquisition, Russell Okung is more likely. The Buccaneers will pick Suh. The Rams have all but signed Bradford.

So now, arguably the best quarterback and defensive tackle have fallen into the Seahawks' laps. Decisions, decisions.

Both positions are needed by the 'Hawks. Both Gerald McCoy and Jimmy Clausen are top-tier players. McCoy is probably better, but Clausen is in a more needed position. Even though they are both great players, new coach Pete Carroll's collegiate background means that the pick will probably be Clausen.

But the Seahawks signed Charlie Whitehurst! Well, Whitehurst is a third-string backup quarterback who's 27. He is also unproven, so taking Clausen makes more sense.

Both picks make sense. Whoever they pick, it will create a huge difference in the draft for the teams behind Seattle.


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