Rob Rang has written an interesting piece for his blog at CBS Sportsline which looks at the importance of the Seattle Seahawks in this year's NFL Draft. A lot of teams will be interested to see who GM Tim Ruskell settles on fourth overall and for differing reasons will be hoping certain prospects 'fall through the net'. Whether it's Aaron Curry, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Eugene Monroe or others - the Seahawks will have a big say in how the top ten pans out.
For example, you have to believe the Cleveland Browns would love Aaron Curry to fall to number five. The Bengals, in serious need of pass protection, will be hoping Eugene Monroe falls into their laps sixth overall. But perhaps most importantly, a number of teams will be hoping to that Seattle doesn't feel the need to draft a long term option at quarter back.
With Matt Hasselbeck set to work out at mini-camps (beginning tomorrow), Rang believes his ability to show no side affects from the back problems that dogged him in 2008 could determine how much Seattle considers taking a QB fourth overall.
"Ruskell will be able to make a much more informed decision after this week's mini-camp. The 33-year old Hasselbeck is expected to participate in the mini-camp, after missing 9 games last season with a bulging disk in his back. Though there won't be anything even remotely resembling the physicality of a regular season game in this week's mini-camp, how Hasselbeck performs could be a critical component in the Seahawks' decision on draft day."
- Rob Rang, CBS Sportsline
Interestingly, Hasselbeck himself has today talked about the possibility of Seattle taking a QB high in the 2009 draft. With a mix of humour and self confidence, Hasselbeck talked about a rookie having to "sit on the bench for a while". Whether or not the Seahawks are willing to invest that kind of confidence in their starting quarter back will surely depend on his ability to prove his health. Even then, the possibility of Tim Ruskell drafting the future face of the franchise remains strong.