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Looking into the Future: The Long-term Option at Quarterback (Part One)

The Seahawks are 1-0 after a 31-6 upset at home Sunday against San Francisco, but if there’s one thing that head coach Pete Carroll has taught us, it’s to never rest on your laurels.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is 34 years old and in the final year of his contract.  He’s also been a liability over the past two years, missing 11 games.

The team’s backup, Charlie Whitehurst, didn’t do much during the preseason to make one feel at ease with the idea of him running the office in the future.  Plus, his contract is up after next season.

With uncertainty currently in the future at the position, solidifying the team’s long-term option is paramount.  With that in mind, SeahawksGab Editor Devon Heinen begins a five-part series that will run throughout the season breaking down the collegiate quarterback class that should have its members’ names called on Draft Day in April 2011.

In this, the first part of the series, Devon puts out his watch list with the players’ respective early-season stats.  At the end of each piece, there’ll be a poll for readers to vote on which signal callers are atop their wish lists.  As the season continues, Devon will break down the abilities and the stats of the passers.

THE WATCH LIST
Ryan Mallet (Jr. at Arkansas) 6’6” 238 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2007 61-141-5 43.3 7 892
2009 225-403-7 55.8 30 3627
2010 49-67-2 73.1 6 701

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Jake Locker (Sr. at Washington) 6’3” 230 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2007 155-328-15 47.3 14 2062
2008 50-93-0 53.8 1 512
2009 230-395-11 58.2 21 2800
2010 42-70-0 60.0 5 555

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Andrew Luck (Jr. at Stanford) 6’4” 235 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2009 162-288-4 56.3 13 2575
2010 28-47-0 59.6 6 467

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Case Keenum (Sr. at Houston) 6’2” 210 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2007 187-273-10 68.5 14 2259
2008 397-589-11 67.4 44 5020
2009 492-700-15 70.3 44 5671
2010 32-46-3 69.6 5 553

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Nick Foles (Jr. at Arizona) 6’5” 245 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2007 5-8-0 62.5 0 57
2009 260-409-9 63.6 19 2486
2010 49-59-2 83.1 3 574

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Dane Crist (Jr. at Notre Dame) 6’4” 235 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2009 10-20-1 50.0 1 130
2010 32-51-1 62.7 3 482

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Jerrod Johnson (Sr. at Texas A&M)  6’5” 245 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct Td yards
2007 2-7-0 28.6 2 50
2008 194-326-10 59.5 21 2435
2009 296-497-8 59.6 30 3579
2010 53-78-0 67.9 6 671

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Taylor Potts (Sr. at Texas Tech) 6’5” 222 lbs.

PASSING cmp-att-int Pct td yards
2007 32-49-1 65.3 3 409
2008 23-36-1 63.9 2 260
2009 309-470-13 65.7 22 3440
2010 56-87-0 64.4 7 652

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Don’t see the passer that you think Seattle should tab as the team’s quarterback of the future in Devon’s watch list?  Let your opinion be known in the comments section and by voting “Other” in the poll question!

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One Response to “Looking into the Future: The Long-term Option at Quarterback (Part One)”

  1. JohnnyB says:

    Yeah, I didn’t see the passer Seattle should tab as the quarterback of the future in your list. He’s proven over and over he can be a Pro Bowl level player in the NFL. Despite injuries in the past, he has proven under a severe pounding that those injuries are now just a thing of the past. He has an intimate knowledge of the offensive system Seattle is running. And he is ready to be the next in a long line of NFL quarterbacks his age to lead an NFL team on an extended Super Bowl run.

    While he does this, the Seahawks can bring in numerous low risk guys like Whitehurst until they hit on one, and use their high draft picks for impact players at other positions (like defensive end!) instead of the J Russells and Leinerts in your list who will hamstring the franchise for years if they don’t pan out.

    Oh…you know the passer I was talking about is Matt Hasselbeck, right?

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