NFL Draft 2011: 2 Days, 2 Steps Closer to Matt Hasselbeck Back in Seattle?

Charlie TodaroAnalyst IIIApril 30, 2011

Are comparisons of Moffitt, to Hutch, by John Schneider a feasible sign of success to come?
Are comparisons of Moffitt, to Hutch, by John Schneider a feasible sign of success to come?A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The Seahawks' selection of Wisconsin left guard John Moffitt, projected at right guard, on day two of the 2011 NFL Draft was the second twist in as many days; taking a lineman appeared off the radar after the surprising selection of Alabama left tackle James Carpenter, projected at right tackle for Seattle.

I posted an article yesterday highlighting the possibility of Hasselbeck returning to Seattle following the Carpenter pick.

The first-round selection of Carpenter is an investment towards any quarterback for Seattle in 2011, but left a large contract out of the way in pursuing Hasselbeck.  At the least, it gives Charlie Whitehurst a better chance at succeeding in the final year of his contract.

After day two of the draft two positions remain empty on the depth chart at quarterback. On top of that, one more potential starter is in place to protect whoever fills those two spots on opening day, one possibly the starter.

Seattle traded out of position to take Ryan Mallett, the final top-seven quarterback eventually taken by New England the pick before Seattle picked at No. 75. I believe Seattle made a clear statement Hasselbeck is back in play when the lockout is actually lifted.   

Seattle is unlikely to find a first-year starter at quarterback in day three, more specifically a player that can unseat Whitehurst by Week 1.  

I’m in the camp that believes it’s becoming more feasible that Seattle brings back Hasselbeck to compete with Whitehurst, exploring the potential of a developmental draftee or a player like Matt Leinart to further the competition.

I think giving Hasselbeck a relateable prospect to groom could prove to be an intelligent decision in the long run, especially in creating a favorable transition to the next face of the franchise—I'm not ruling out a return as a coach or front office executive for Hasselbeck.

Seattle is protecting its biggest assets before they are in place; one could argue a healthy, rejuvenated Hasselbeck behind a young, but high-upside offensive line could be a protected asset in place for 2012 or 2013, an heir waiting with the clipboard.

Not to mention the defense and strong running game to support an aging, veteran quarterback; Darrell Bevell came from a similar situation in Minnesota, Kurt Warner a familiar recent example. 

On day two, Seattle made it clear there will be no overwhelming, rookie quarterback contract to juggle on the books.

The first two days have reinforced Seattle is not concerned with outside opinion, as they left room to re-sign the franchise quarterback that has outside opinion split on his future.    

Whether you’re for or against the return of number eight to Seattle, day three of the 2011 draft presents a major opportunity for the Seahawks to construct his possible return into an era that splices outside opinion in the direction of welcoming back Hasselbeck; the goal nothing short of him really going out on top.