The Associated Press is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks won't draft a quarter back fourth overall, according to GM Tim Ruskell.
"Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell says he's not looking to use Seattle's No. 4 pick in Saturday's NFL draft on a quarterback. He says quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is in his prime. The three-time Pro Bowl player has two years left on his contract."
With just a couple of days to go until the 2009 draft, this could be viewed as a smokescreen. On the other hand, after contemplating the possibility of Mark Sanchez landing in Seattle this week - I've come to the conclusion that it's an unlikely scenario. The former Trojan would earn a contract similar to Matt Ryan's huge $72m deal, making it difficult to keep him on the bench even in 2010. Drafting Sanchez gives you a security blanket for the future if Matt Hasselbeck's back problems persist, but if he returns to 2007 form a potential quarter back controversy could have brewed.
The report goes on to add,
"Ruskell is looking for a player who could help the team right away."
I think that is the likely approach for Saturday's first round pick. The Seahawks would entertain trade offers, especially if teams interested in Mark Sanchez think he'll be snapped up by Cleveland at pick #5. If they can't move down, I think the Seahawks will choose between Aaron Curry and Michael Crabtree.