- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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RyRob33 wonders what would stop the Seattle Seahawks from trading up in the first round to draft a quarterback this year.
"Could be possible if the 11th pick is theirs," he writes.
Possible, yes. Probable, not so much.
A few considerations for the Seahawks, who will pick 11th or 12th pending a coin flip with Kansas City:
The teams picking fourth (Cleveland), sixth (Washington) and eighth or ninth (Miami) could need quarterbacks. All are in better position than Seattle to draft one.
Moving into the No. 2 overall spot would be problematic for the Seahawks. Division-rival St. Louis holds that pick. The Rams will have options. Arming a division rival with a potential franchise quarterback would not make sense.
Moving all the way up to No. 2 would be expensive, anyway. Oakland traded the 10th, 39th and 107th overall draft choices, plus receiver Daryl Hobbs, to New Orleans for the second choice in 1997. A year later, San Diego acquired the second choice from Arizona for the third and 23rd selections, plus a first-round choice the following year. The Chargers also parted with Eric Metcalf and Patrick Sapp as part of the deal.
Washington moved up from 12th to third overall in 2000. The Redskins sent the 12th, 24th, 119th and 154th choices to San Francisco. Again, that's a high price.
Paying a high price for a franchise quarterback is no deterrent, of course. But with so many other teams in better position to land one, executing such a move becomes trickier. It's also fair to ask whether the Seahawks feel good enough about any of the prospects after Andrew Luck to make such a move for one.
Thanks for the question, RyRob33. Can anyone make a strong case to the contrary?