It sounds like the Seahawks are indeed in full QB dangle mode.
The Mahomes report seems far-fetched. The Seahawks have used QBs as bait in two of the past three drafts, so this probably was more of that — just a way to create more interest in the 26th pick (the Chiefs ended up jumping from 27 to 10 to take Mahomes).
It is entirely possible that the Hawks want to take a QB today, but this scuttlebutt is surely a way to engender interest in the 34th overall pick and get some team to come up for Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer (if the Packers don’t pick or trade out for him) or perhaps Cal’s Davis Webb.
Evan Silva’s mock draft has Pitt QB Nathan Peterman as the first QB drafted on Day 2, going to Jacksonville at No. 35 overall. So he could be a target as well.
The Seahawks certainly could use a new backup for Russell Wilson, but it is very unlikely they would use their first pick on one. Perhaps they would consider it with their pick at 58 — possibly moving up to get Webb if he slides or else staying and taking Peterman.
The Seahawks have drafted only one QB since John Schneider took over in 2010 (we all know who that is). That has run counter to Schneider’s Packers roots.
As Schneider said earlier this week, “I’ve always thought you need to have one in the chamber all the time and have a guy getting ready.”
Schneider had a great chance to add UCLA QB Brett Hundley in the 2015 fourth round, but he passed and the Packers, coincidentally, grabbed Hundley in the fifth and made him Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
“It just hasn’t gone that way for us,” Schneider said. “I don’t know how to explain it to you. It just hasn’t matched up from a round standpoint. … We haven’t done that and philosophically that’s something that you want to try and do. The most important position on the field.”
It is entirely possible the Seahawks will look for a QB today, but it probably would be in the third round.
We think the Hawks will try to add one more third-rounder and go defense in the second round. Several mocks have them taking Obi Melifonwu, who has received a ton of interest from the Hawks the past couple of months.
Other players being mocked to Seattle in Round 2 include Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp, Alabama OT Cam Robinson, Florida CB Quincy Wilson, Louisiana State LB Duke Riley and Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall.
We mentioned a number of other players who could be on the Hawks’ draft board as well.