In the days and weeks leading up to the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, there was speculation that teams with veteran quarterbacks -- Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith immediately come to mind -- might use a first-round pick on a potential replacement. Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were the most popular candidates, and all three heard their names called Thursday (by the Bears, Chiefs and Texans).
These are the same Seahawks who signed Russell Wilson, 28 years young, to a five-year, $89 million contract in July 2015.
This revelation led to much skepticism, spearheaded by our very own Pete Prisco.
I donât need your stupid caps to see stupidity https://t.co/uZUtu02aFc— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 28, 2017
@mikegarafolo A. Itâs stupid if itâs true.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 28, 2017
2. Why. Wilson is damn good, just not great â and heâs young.
So that's weird -- or is it?
There was a story by John Boyle on the Seahawks' official site Thursday morning, hours before the draft, with the headline, "Is This The Year The Seahawks Finally Draft Another Quarterback?" And in the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era, the organization has drafted one quarterback: Wilson, a 2012 third-rounder.
But Boyle makes an important point:
[Not drafting a quarterback] goes against Schneider's own beliefs, which were shaped in part by his time in Green Bay where the Packers regularly drafted quarterbacks in the later rounds despite having Brett Favre on the roster, often times resulting in future trades of players like Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks and Mark Brunell. It hasn't been by design that the Seahawks haven't drafted quarterbacks since Wilson became their starter; that's just the way each draft has played out.
In related news, the Packers are.
"It has just happened that way," Schneider said earlier this week. "It really has. I've always thought you have to have one in the chamber, and have a guy who is getting ready, and it just hasn't gone that way for us, you know? I don't know how to explain it. It's just the way it's stacked out for us. We know the quarterbacks and the level of play and the upside we've seen and how they are going to fit with us, and it just hasn't matched up, from a round standpoint.
"That doesn't mean that it wouldn't happen," he continued. "That's a great question, because you are kind of like, 'Yeah, you are right. We haven't, right?' We haven't done that philosophically. That's something that you want to try to do. The most important position on the field."
As it stands, the Seahawks have just two quarterbacks on the roster -- Wilson and Trevone Boykin, and Wilson was hampered by a high-ankle sprain and a knee sprain last season -- though it sounds like that could change this weekend.