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Carroll Says Hawks “Couldn’t Afford to Draft a QB”

The biggest question coming out of the Seahawks 2011 draft was not about about any of their selections- although taking offensive tackle James Carpenter in the first round did raise some eyebrows as most draft gurus did not have a first round grade on him. The biggest topic is who they didn’t draft-no QB selected in any of the seven rounds.

According to Danny O’Neill of the Seattle Times, head coach Pete Carroll brought up the question himself in a speech at the regional convention of the Associated Press Sports Editors. His answer? “We didn’t think we could afford to yet.”

That’s a worthwhile discussions point because the NFL has been called a quarterback’s league, and it is that position that defines a team more than any other. And to not pick a quarterback because the team doesn’t see him suited to becoming a starting quarterback in the league is one thing. To not pick a quarterback because the time isn’t right is something else altogether.

Carroll’s reasoning? “You saw us go after a couple guys that were offensive linemen, which is an area that — without that — the quarterback can’t play.” That’s not an unprecedented approach. A couple years back the New York Jets drafted tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold in the first round of the draft. That was 2006.

Three years later the Jets traded up to choose Mark Sanchez in the first round. The Seahawks have picked three offensive line starters on the first two days under Carroll and Schneider: LT Russell Okung, RT James Carpenter, and RG John Moffitt.

The strategy, however, still begs the question on most Seahawk’s fans’ minds-Who the heck is going to play quarterback for them this year? Hasselback is not expected back and few observers see Charlie Whitehurst as a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL.

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