A couple different folks in he media believe TCU quarterback Andy Dalton is a possible selection at No. 25 for the Seattle Seahawks.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks has the Seahawks selecting Dalton at No. 25 in his latest mock draft, stating that he’s gaining ground in NFL scouting circles and that the TCU product is viewed as the most NFL-ready guy out of the second tier of quarterbacks.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard also sees Dalton as a good fit for Seattle because of his toughness, durability, athleticism and leadership skills. Huard says Dalton makes sense because he’s accurate on short-to-intermediate throws, and would be a good fit for new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense, which some believe will be a return to a more traditional West Coast offense that relies on a short passing game.
I think Dalton’s an interesting prospect with a lot of upside, but I’m not buying him as a first-round pick. I’m not sold on his ability to consistently complete passes outside the numbers in the NFL with tighter throwing windows. And we all know head coach Pete Carroll likes a quarterback that can push the ball down the field. And I believe he will have a tough learning curve in terms of picking up the intricacies of NFL offenses because he did not play in a pro-style offense in college.
And I think if Seattle selects Dalton at No. 25, he may not get the opportunity to sit behind someone and learn the NFL game for a couple years – which I think he needs – because of the pressure that will be applied by the fan base to play now as a first-round pick.
Now, that dynamic could change if Seattle chooses to re-sign Matt Hasselbeck, but for now I believe the Seahawks still favor taking an offensive or defensive lineman in the first round because of the depth and value at those positions in this year’s draft, and the fact that they would be rolling the dice on any of those second-tier prospects being a franchise quarterback.
Look, I think Dalton compares to another successful Texas quarterback, Colt McCoy, and he was not selected until the third round by Cleveland. You can argue that because so many teams need quarterbacks that Dalton will go sooner than that, but I still think he’s a guy that likely will go in the second round.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that the Seahawks are one of three teams without a single representative among the 88 people receiving votes in ESPN’s rankings for running backs, receivers, tight ends, pass-rushers, linebackers and head coaches, joining Buffalo and Cincinnati. Sando believes this speaks to Seattle’s lack of elite talent on the roster.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com believes Cal safety Chris Conte could be a fit for Seattle.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com reports from EWU running back Taiwan Jones’ pro day. Jones was clocked from 4.28 to the mid 4.3s, posted a 39 ½ inch vertical and an 11-foot broad jump, all pretty ridiculous numbers that show how an explosive athlete he is. Twenty-seven NFL scouts were on hand for the workout. The link includes video from the workout.
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network says the second round is the plays team will find some hidden talent, listing players like Hampton defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis and UCLA safety Rahim Moore as potential impact players.
More Wyche: He says quarterback Matt Leinart is hungry for another chance to earn a starting job in the league.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports on the first day of the resumption of mediation between NFL owners and players in Minneapolis, emphasizing the two sides had to work through some issue and begin the process of mending fences after lobbing shots back and forth the past month.
Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated believes the owners ultimately will come away winners in the labor dispute because time is on their side.
Greg Gabriel breaks of the National Football Post breaks down UCLA products linebacker Akeem Ayers and safety Rahim Moore in this scouting report.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports profiles Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins, stating the 26-year-olds’ coolness and calm he used to fight fires translates to the controlled chaos of the football field.