The Seahawks’ unsettled quarterback situation made the possibility of drafting TCU’s Andy Dalton with the 25th pick seem plausible. Doing so was a strong consideration, according to general manager John Schneider, but Seattle took offensive tackle James Carpenter of Alabama instead.
Schneider explained the decision Wednesday on the Kevin Calabro show.
“We debated with Andy Dalton, there’s no question about it. But I think we all felt like we were at a point in our development where we couldn’t pass on a starting tackle right now,” he said. “Quite honestly, we’d like to have a guy, especially a rookie, be more of a developmental type and a guy more like Aaron Rodgers and sit for a year or two. So that was really the only point in the draft where there was a guy where we were like, ‘There he is, that’s a very viable option.’
“Quite honestly we just had guys throughout the board that just didn’t make sense as we went down comparing them to other positions.”
Schneider expounded on his comments about his desire for a “developmental type” quarterback.
“My personal opinion is that (Dalton) could go in and play right away. It’s just been my experience that true development and ideal development is for a guy to come and sit for a year or two,” he said. “I think by choosing Carpenter that we were helping our team immediately, whereas with Andy we would have wanted a veteran in there with him anyway.”
The Seahawks passed on quarterbacks in the later rounds as well, notably T.J. Yates of North Carolina and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa.
“Throughout the rest of the draft there wasn’t another guy staring us right in the face where we’re like, ‘OK, let’s go do it right now, this is our guy’ in comparison to the other players at different positions that we went with,” Schneider said.