If you're looking for informed analysis of the Seahawks' 2011 draft, this is the LAST blog you should be reading. I'm not a college football fan, and I don't have the time, energy or desire to become a committed draftnik- To be brutally, embarrassingly honest? I had NEVER heard of any of the players we drafted until the picks got announced. So, if the standard of evaluation for the Seahawks' draft is "getting college players I happen to have heard of," Seattle failed miserably.
Thankfully, despite what Trent Dilfer or Mel Kiper think, that's NOT how draft classes are evaluated- They are judged by team success down the line. Plenty of folks outside the cloistered walls of The World Wide Leader think that Carpenter and Moffitt are going to help the Seahawks get meaner, nastier and more effective at running the ball. Among our later picks, we seem to have gotten a bunch of athletic (if raw) prospects- They might all end up playing arena ball in a couple of years, but if 4 or 5 of them end up making significant contributions this will end up being a worthwhile draft class.
The national media types are aghast that we didn't reach for a QB like the Vikings did with Christian Ponder, but I am totally fine with it- NONE of the QBs in this year's draft looked like the type of player who could lead Seattle to the Super Bowl, and assuming that the front office has a plan to install Palmer, Kolb or Hasselbeck under center, I think it's ok to wait another year to find that franchise QB.
My first choice is still to make deal for Kevin Kolb, but that seems unlikely at this point. I prefer Carson Palmer to bringing back Matt Hasselbeck ONLY if we can get him for something like the terms mentioned on Seahawks Draft Blog: A 5th and a conditional 3rd. At that price, I think he's worth it, and would give us a longer "bridge" to the eventual Franchise QB. If the Palmer deal doesn't happen, I'm perfectly happy to see Hasselbeck return- What I DON'T want to see is Charlie Whitehurst as our 2011 starter (shudders).
The problem is this stupid fucking lockout. If the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Nelson's injunction, we should get back to relative normalcy soon. If they permanently reinstate the lockout? Get ready for that 14-game season starting in October that I wrote about last week, which would SERIOUSLY complicate any attempt to bring in Palmer, Kolb, Orton or any other outside QB- A long lockout vastly increases the chances that Hasselbeck will be re-signed by Seattle, given his familiarity with Seahawks personnel, etc.
So root for a ruling favorable to the players union, ya bastads! What do you think, sirs?