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Seahawks interest in Ryan Mallett legitimate?

Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:40 pm

The Seattle Seahawks will be flying in Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to their team headquarters, according to a source.

I typically don't put a great deal of stock into the travels of prospects during this time of year. While it makes for interesting fodder, the reality is, the vast majority of players selected will NOT have been flown in for a visit with their new team prior to the draft.

That the Seahawks are bringing in Mallett, however, is interesting in a couple of different ways.

For one, Seahawks' General Manager John Schneider was at Mallett's Pro Day workout. This is believed to be the only Pro Day workout Schneider has attended so far this year.

Secondly, the Seahawks could be in considerable need of a quarterback. Incumbent starter Matt Hasselbeck is scheduled for free agency. Head coach Pete Carroll said last week at the Owners' Meetings that the Seahawks "made a run" at re-signing Hasselbeck prior to the lockout.

"Financially, we went after it and couldn't get it done," Carroll said. "In my mind, it kind of came right down to the final day of it. We made an effort and they made an effort."

The Seahawks have veteran Charlie Whitehurst waiting in the wings, but in limited duty in his first season with the Seahawks (six games). Whitehurst failed to impress. He did, however, help Seattle beat the St. Louis Rams in the final regular season game of the year, giving the Seahawks the NFC West divisional crown. With Hasselbeck healthy the next week, the Seahawks beat the Saints in the opening round of the playoffs befoe losing on the road at Chicago the next week.

Should the Seahawks be able to re-sign Hasselbeck or feel comfortable enough with Whitehurst as their starter, the team has plenty of quaterback options to consider. The team has previously been linked to several passes including Florida State's Chistian Ponder, TCU's Andy Dalton, Washington's Jake Locker and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.

With the exception of Ponder, however, most of these quarterbacks are viewed as developmental prospects. Should Seattle be unable to re-sign Hasselbeck, find another veteran option to compete with Whitehurst or feel Whitehurst is not the answer, the Seahawks could feel pressure to draft a quarterback who could contribute immediately.

The only two quarterbacks likely to be available at Seattle's No. 25 pick who are considered "pro-ready" are Mallett and Ponder.

Ponder fits Seattle's West Coast Offense better, but at 6-2, 230 pounds and with a history of injuries, he is a gamble.

Mallett is unquestionably the more gifted prospect. But, of course, concerns about his on and off-field decision-making makes him evey bit the gamble, as well.


Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:27 am

Seahawks interest in Ryan Mallett legitimate?

yela_wolf you are an idiot!!!!! i don't even feel like typing for long so i'll make it short hes never failed a drug test clean record since when he transferred!!  you are just an idiot!!!

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:15 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:38 pm

Seahawks interest in Ryan Mallett legitimate?

This would be a great thing for Seattle, if R. Mallett should drop to #25. I don't see any team taking him in the 1st Rd. Pete Carroll has had great success at USC in developing QBs that went on to be succesful at the next level (NFL) i.e. Palmer, Sanchez and Cassel. The jury is still out on Leinart, if he will be a success as a pro. He can take a guy like Mallett, that has all of the tools to succeed at the next level. Mr. Carroll is a great psychologist. He makes anyone around him want to perform at their very best. He doesn't yell or denigrate a player in front of his peers. He makes playing time competetive. If you don't perform, you don't play. Mr. Mallett will have to earn his time on the field. If he goes to #25, the Seahawks can have their own 'Sam Bradford' type. So Rams, you still come in Second in the NFC West.

Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:23 am

Seahawks interest in Ryan Mallett legitimate?

Take Jake, whose upside potential far outweighs the concerns about his ability. Get him into an NFL environment with the right coaching and some experience and watch him fly, in a few years.

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