Easily the most controversial player in the draft this year (well, along with Tebow), Jimmy Clausen could very well be selected by your Seattle Seahawks at #6. This is scary, because there are rumors he could slide all the way out of the first round, so surely he'd be there at #14, right? Well, no. Those rumors often come from teams with a vested interest in getting that slide to happen.
Here's why I think the Seahawks may take Clausen at either #6 or #14:
- Pete Carroll has followed him since grade school. He seemingly loves the guy, and knows exactly what he is bringing to the table. If he does like him, he would view this as an less risky pick.
- A lot of the guys I trust -- Kiper, Dilfer, Walter Football, others -- are very high on Clausen, with Kiper listing him as #4 overall on the big board. The people who know what they're talking about, who do this for a living, like him. A lot. That doesn't mean much, but it softens the blow of a mild surprise.
- Getting Whitehurst in no way limits the Seahawks from drafting a QB at any place, including high in the first round. If anything, he buys the team additional time and gives the drafted QB competition. It also allows the team to add a mid-round pick by trading Hasselbeck if they are so inclined. Remember: rebuilds are very painful.
- Most importantly: there is no position more important than quarterback. None. If there is any doubt that Whitehurst can be Matt's successor -- and there should be doubt -- they absolutely must consider picking Clausen. Even if Whitehurst turns into who they want, they can get huge value from Clausen in a trade later. Remember: Brady Quinn was nearly traded to the Vikings for two first round picks in 2007.