Tim Ruskell Says SeaHawks will likely stick with the No. 4 pick

Published on April 17, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell talked with local reporters for about 45 minutes this afternoon about the upcoming draft.

Even with the latest speculation of team reportedly interested in moving up to select USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, Ruskell said he did not like his team’s chances of trading down, in part because he believes there are really no franchise-changing players at the top of the draft.

Ruskell also says the team has its top four players pegged – although the organization is still debating the order – and that the Seattle has not cemented who they want to pick at four.

For obvious reasons, he declined to say who those four players were.

“Those of us at the top don’t sense that we’re going down,” Ruskell said. “The phone’s not ringing off the hook for that. I would say if there’s movement and change you will see it below us, you know eight to 10 to 12, then you might see it.”

Ruskell agreed that the lack of team’s willing to trade to get to the top of the draft has to do with the financial commitment team’s must make to lock up a pick in the top-five.

“It’s a big divide,” he said.

Ruskell also said that Seattle still intends to take a player that will bring the most immediate impact – except if the Seahawks select a quarterback.

“That philosophy will never change, but obviously if it’s quarterback that’s the exception for anybody who would take one because that guy’s got to be groomed,” Ruskell said.

However, Ruskell did acknowledge the unique situations that led to the success of Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (third overall in 20008 draft) and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (18th overall), both first-round picks who helped lead their teams to the playoffs.

“In the case of he two guys last year, they were willing to adapt the scheme to help the guy,” Ruskell said. “In Atlanta’s case they got the running game going, and they didn’t try to make the quarterback win the football game.

“So they didn’t put him in a position where he had to be a franchise guy right off the bat and he was able to develop. And really Baltimore did the same thing.”

So if Seattle doesn’t select Sanchez, will they take a quarterback somewhere else in the draft? Here’s what Ruskell had to say.

“We’re not afraid of taking a quarterback,” Ruskell said. “There’s no position that we’re sitting on absolutely, and that’s kind of unique. And I think when you’re up this high you can’t. You cannot do that.

“You have to be open to who are the impact players here, and how can how this guy help us win football games. You have to be open to that. You start narrowing your focus, then I think you could make a mistake. Or if start being driven only by need, you could make a mistake. So we’ve really pushed ourselves not to do that.”

With all of the speculation of Seattle potentially selecting Sanchez at No. 4, I asked Ruskell if he was comfortable with Sanchez’s evaluation in terms of his character, and he confirmed that he was.

Sanchez has had a couple hiccups during his stint at USC, including a sexual assault arrest that prosecutors later decided not to file charges on.

Ruskell also said that he believes quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is still in his prime, and that Walter Jones is on schedule in his rehabilitation from microfracture knee surgery and will be ready for training camp in July.

“We think we’ll have everybody for camp,” Ruskell said. “We don’t anticipate anybody not being there.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

505963447TW00040_Seattle_Se

Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate black eye before Super Bowl

The Seahawks stunned the NFL world on Friday night by trading Percy Harvin to the Jets, less than ...
o-MARSHAWN-LYNCH-facebook

Darrell Bevell: I must get Marshawn Lynch the ball

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering ...
goywh.AuSt.5

Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets for draft choice

Well, that’s the end of that problem of getting Percy Harvin the ball down field more, or too ...
131230bennett6vgdfgdgdfg60

Less dancing, more tackling from Seahawks, please

As the Dallas Cowboys were giving them a beating last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defense provided a CenturyLink ...
17YsDE.AuSt.5

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Whenever we’re running the ball, we’re fine”

Marshawn Lynch sprinted down the right sideline untouched, into and out of the end zone. But he wasn’t carrying ...
Seahawks Broncos Football

Hawks waive DB Steven Terrell, bring back DE Greg Scruggs

The Seahawks today essentially reversed the move they made on Saturday, waiving defensive back Steven Terrell and bringing ...
141013hawkville660

Marshawn Lynch’s limited carries glaring in Seahawks’ two losses

Marshawn Lynch was limited to 10 carries in Sunday’s loss to Cowboys at CenturyLink Field, prompting coach Pete ...
141013injuries660

Seahawks’ depth being tested by rash of injuries

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner left Sunday’s game, but returned. Cornerback Byron Maxwell did not. And their status for ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com
 

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz