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Mel Kiper predicts Seattle Seahawks as favorite for Andrew Luck: A fan’s take
College football expert Mel Kiper Jr. has listed the Seattle Seahawks as one of the teams favored to select Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft. This basically means he feels that the decision to sign quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) will turn out to be a bad one, and that the Seahawks will finish with a bad enough record to have one of the top selections in the next NFL draft.
Kiper states that, "the quarterback situation looks terrible, and I think the Seahawks erred in not doing more there." Listed as one of the five teams that are most likely to tumble in the 2011 season, Seattle won't have to worry about the Carolina Panthers, because Carolina seems to be pretty sold on Cam Newton now. Newton had a great week one performance that already has that team thinking about the 2012 NFC Playoffs, so bringing in Luck might not make too much sense.
Writing off the Seahawks this early in the 2011 campaign seems a bit rash, but Kiper might be echoing the opinion of quite a few Seattle fans. There weren't that many fans who were pleased with the signing of Jackson, even if the franchise was heading in a new direction post-Hasselbeck. Losing the week one game to the San Francisco 49ers made things worse, and Seahawks fans certainly aren't enjoying the fact that Sam Bradford(notes) is developing so well for the St. Louis Rams. Now the prospect of getting Luck in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is like fighting gold at the end of the rainbow for some.
Personally, I am still not sold on Luck, who certainly has been a great quarterback for Stanford. He might be a good option in the league next year, but he could also turn out to be like Ryan Leaf. There are other options that could be taken in later rounds that include USC quarterback Matt Barkley, and Landry Jones from Oklahoma. Finishing with the worst record in 2011 doesn't seem to be a necessity if the goal is to draft a quarterback next year. Maybe pride is getting in the way too, because I don't think Seattle will finish with a record bad enough to get Luck.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.
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