Is Seattle in a similar position as the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Earlier this week, ESPN ran a story from the Associated Press regarding Tim Tebow and how Florida Gov. Charlie Crist thinks the Florida quarterback could be the savior for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite being 7-5, the Jaguars have not played up to their record and have been exposed as having some key holes, one being at quarterback. David Garrard is 17TH in the league in passer rating and has just 10 touchdowns on the year to six interceptions.
Gov. Crist said that bringing in Tebow to the Jaguars’ franchise would be a great move because Tebow’s a homegrown kid with amazing talent and has great marketability.
Could Jake Locker be and do the same for Seattle?
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is performing worse than Garrard is in terms of quarterback rating. Hasselbeck enters Week Fourteen ranked 20TH in the league with a rating of 83.6. Hasselbeck also has an additional interception and just three more touchdowns than the Jaguars’ quarterback.
Making things even more interesting is the fact that Hasselbeck has just one more year on his contract after this season.
Whoever becomes the Seahawks’ next general manager will need to address the quarterback position with a draft selection, so, while Seattle is by no means hurting in attendance like Jacksonville is, would drafting Locker be the best option both for the team’s on-field product as well as for its off-field marketability?
To draft Locker, Seattle would most likely have to trade up in April’s draft. According to Scouts Inc.’s Top 32 on the ESPN NFL Draft 2010 Web site, the Washington Husky is listed as the nation’s top prospect at his position.
Is Locker worth a package of draft picks just to keep him in the Pacific Northwest?
Is Locker even worthy of being touted as the nation’s top quarterback prospect?
Locker isn’t currently in my top four quarterback prospects for the Seahawks to try and go after in April’s draft and I don’t see him breaking into that final four when I write the last part of my five-part series on the subject.
However, I could be wrong. Do you think I am? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section.