Seattle Seahawks Face Questions at Backup Quarterback

Dean SiemonAnalyst IIJanuary 24, 2013

Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks Matt Flynn (15) and Russell Wilson (3) walk on to the field for pregame warmups against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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With the success of Russell Wilson as the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, a lot of questions remain relating to the future of the team's backup quarterback role.

Will the team trade Matt Flynn? If so, will the next backup option come from free agency or in the upcoming NFL Draft?

Let's start with why they should keep Flynn.

While he's only played two games in Green Bay as a starter in his five seasons, he's shown he can be efficient when needed on the field. On Dec. 19, 2010, Flynn threw for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a 31-27 loss to New England. And on Jan. 1, 2011, Flynn threw for a franchise-record 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 win against the Detroit Lions.

So he is definitely able to step in and keep the team in a game when the starter needs a week off. But do you want to keep a backup quarterback under a $26 million contract?

So who should the Seahawks look for? I don't think there are a lot of options to add a veteran who would help in case Wilson gets hurt.

While listening to Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby on 710 ESPN this afternoon, some of the names they and their listeners tossed around included Vince Young and Tarvaris Jackson. But I don't feel either of them will be effective in Seattle.

The Seahawks had Jackson during the 2011 season where he was inconsistent with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

As for Young, it's safe to say he is a draft bust with the inability to remain in Tennessee or Philadelphia. He wasn't even on a NFL roster in 2012.

So I thought I would look at who would be in this year's quarterback class in the draft.

Now, there are no huge names like last year's class. We don't have someone like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. But players like Geno Smith and Matt Barkley could be future NFL franchise stars, and there might be some value in the later rounds.

Besides, Seattle needs to use the first two rounds to focus on the defensive line, and maybe someone to help on the right side of the offensive line. If Seattle decides the third round is a good time to draft a backup quarterback, it seems Oklahoma University's Landry Jones is a good possibility.

Jones totaled 16,646 passing yards and 123 touchdowns in four years with the Sooners. He's received some comparisons to Jay Cutler, but has been noted for being successful on running the bootleg option and play action.

If Jones isn't available when Seattle picks in the third round, Florida State's E.J. Manuel could be a good option as well. While he hasn't compiled the huge numbers that Jones has, Manuel has shown he can run and throw. He just needs a little bit of work.

And there's no harm in drafting a quarterback in the seventh round. Maybe a Jeff Tuel (Washington State) or Nick Florence (Baylor).

The Seahawks do have their franchise quarterback in Wilson. But they don't need to spend millions on a backup when there are plenty of cheaper options available.