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NFL Draft 2011: Seattle Seahawks Need a Quarterback in the Second Round

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on from the sideline in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIApril 29, 2011

Yesterday I was hoping that maybe Jake Locker was going to fall to the Seattle Seahawks at pick 25. Unfortunately that didn't happen and there were no first round talent quarterbacks at that spot.

But today in the second and third rounds the Seahawks need to draft a quarterback, or else things could go very wrong the next couple of years.

I know it hasn't been the right time to draft a quarterback at any of our picks in the last two drafts, but we need to pull one in as soon as possible because next years draft class has one solid quarterback in Andrew Luck and then after that the quarterback position falls off the board.

There are some solid quarterbacks in next year's draft but I find a couple of quarterbacks special in this draft that are still around, and I don't think the Seahawks should wait much longer to draft a quarterback.

Here are three quarterbacks that are still left that on the board that the Seahawks should be keeping a close eye on.

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton will most likely be gone by the Seahawks 57th pick, but if he is still there the Seahawks have to draft him right away. Dalton is a leader on and off the field with precise accuracy.

His arm isn't the strongest, but he can get it done in the NFL no doubt. Dalton has all the intangibles to be a good NFL quarterback and vaguely reminds me of Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

The second quarterback that should be mentioned is Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is definitely a project for the future but has all the potential to be an amazing quarterback in the NFL.

At Nevada, Kaepernick led the Wolfpack to an 11-1 record while throwing for 3,000 yards and rushing for 1,200 yards in his senior season. He doesn't have the strongest arm but he is a tall quarterback at 6'4" and could add some weight to his frame of 220 pounds.

Kaepernick could be gone by the Seahawks' pick but if not, he should definitely be a legitimate option. Pete Carroll can do amazing things with quarterbacks, and Kaepernick is one of them.

Quarterback Ryan Mallett from Arkansas was a first-round pick before his off the field troubles caught up with him. But still Mallett has an NFL arm and an NFL body already. He stands at 6'7" weighing almost 240 pounds.

He can throw the football almost anywhere on the field, but his accuracy is a little bit concerning and same with his awareness. But with good coaching, he can get over that hump and be a legitimate quarterback.

The only thing to be worried with Mallett about is his rumored issues off the field. If he can get those rumors straight or just stop being an issue off the field, Mallett will be fine in the NFL for years to come. 

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