Seahawks see “rare opportunity” to draft a QB this year

Geno SmithSeahawks’ future was a talking point with general manager John Schneider at the Scouting Combine on Tuesday, but he’s not the only quarterback on the team’s radar heading into the offseason.

The Seahawks have two first-round picks, including No. 5, and two second-round picks, giving them the assets they need to add a rookie to the roster, no matter how things go with Smith. Head coach Pete Carroll said it’s a “rare opportunity” for the Seahawks to get such a high first-round pick and that the team is “totally tied to the quarterbacks that come out” in this year’s draft.

Schneider said talks with Smith about a long-term deal were positive, but he also made it clear that the team does not view signing Smith as closing the door to another first-round quarterback selection.

“Because they don’t grow on trees,” Schneider said. “It’s very difficult. It’s probably the most difficult position to acquire talent, a guy that everyone feels very confident in.”

The Seahawks have only drafted one quarterback — seventh-rounder Alex McGough in 2018 — since Russell Wilson arrived and took this position in 2012. Wilson is in Denver now, and the pick the Broncos sent to Seattle could see the Seahawks create the future of the position for another decade.


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