Seahawks general manager John Schneider just finished a Q&A with the media to discuss the draft, which kicks off a week from Thursday.
A few highlights:
–Obviously the biggest question for Seattle is at quarterback, but Schneider said the uncertainty about Matt Hasselbeck’s future won’t
change the way the Seahawks approach the draft: “We’ll be looking for quarterback every single year. . . You can never have too many of those guys. That truly is the hardest position to evaluate.”
Schneider called this a good quarterback year but also a “really unique year because all these guys are so different.” He said the Seahawks are open to different types of quarterbacks and are focused on only one style of QB (then again, if they were focused on style of player, there’s no way Schneider would admit it nine days before the first day of the draft).
Also on the quarterback front, Schneider said Charlie Whitehurst, regardless of who else is here, will get a chance to compete for the starting QB job.
–Talking about how the lockout will change the approach to the draft (no free agency, no player trades, etc.) Schneider said: “It’s just unique.” But added that the team’s approach won’t change on the draft weekend. He doesn’t like that the lockout will prevent teams from making trades on draft weekend, however.
Schneider said the lockout also allows coaches to be more involved with the draft process because they’re not tied up with other things.
–On his philosophy regarding moving up or down in the draft, he said, “Personally I’d like to move back, because I have confidence in our ability in those middle rounds to do some good stuff.” Schneider also added that he’s not thrilled about not having a third-round pick.
–Schneider said improving on both sides of the line is one priority in the draft: “I would say we’d like to come out of this draft with at least one offensive lineman and one defensive lineman.” But he also added they won’t reach for a lineman just to fill a need.
–On the overall state of the roster, Schneider said he’d like to get younger, noting the team lacked depth last year and had to plug holes with older veterans.
He also said, “In order to build a consistent, championship caliber team, we have a ways to go.”