Our off-season Seahawks profiles continued this week, this time moving from free agency to draft. The Seahawks are on the board at pick number nine, the highest pick they’ve had since selecting tackle Russell Okung sixth overall in 2010.
Seahawks draft profiles: CB ‘Sauce’ Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr.
If you missed it, we’ve already looked at two potential cornerback adjustments (no surprise there, they’re both top prospects in the class). It’s a weaker crop of quarterbacks, but Seattle could find an adjustment — especially in the second round — with two more notable prospects: Matt Corral and Desmond Ridder.
QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Size weight: 6 foot 2, 212 pounds
Classroom: Red shirt-Junior
Notable: Set Ole Miss record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season (11)
What do you want to know: Corral’s tenacity made him a favorite at Ole Miss. He was named the Rebels’ starter in 2019, but his college career took off under new head coach Lane Kiffin in 2020. In 2020 and 2021, Corral passed for over 3,300 yards and at least 20 touchdowns. Last season, he suffered two ankle injuries and led the Rebels to a Sugar Bowl appearance.
On two bad ankles 😤
Matt Corral finds the end zone. pic.twitter.com/qXjxPQckIq
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 31, 2021
NFL Network’s Peter Schrager’s latest mock draft brings the Seahawks back to the first round to select Corral. It’s something they’ve never done before, but given the giant question mark lingering at quarterback, all eyes will be on Seattle — and a few other QB-needy teams — to see s ‘they pull the trigger.
Schrager isn’t the only list; Corral and Pete Carroll’s So-Cal and Lane Kiffin connections got a few national outlets poking fun at him in Seattle. NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein even took a picture of the couple’s encounter at this year’s combine.
Jake Heaps Breakdown: “He’s no stranger to the spotlight. He was a top four-star recruit from California. Recruited by all schools in the country. I even had the chance to train him; he was on my seven-on-seven team at the Nike opener, and I got to know him and saw his talent even as a high school kid, off the charts, elite arm strength. And it continued to grow and develop under the tutelage of Lane Kiffin.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 9, 2021
“I love that he’s a tough and brave competitor. It’s someone who will play injured. He has the it-factor for his team to win under certain circumstances, a guy who rocks the room. It has a terrific quick release, which suits this RPO-based system. He has the strength of the arms to make the throws that will be asked of him.
“The cons? He played in an RPO-based system, which requires quick release, quick decision-making in the short to middle area of the pitch. But that doesn’t require you to deal at a high level, like the NFL game forces you to do it. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the arm strength to do it, but it’s precision and decision-making (which can take a hit). Those are all things that Shane Waldron can work with from the start by simplifying the game and not asking him to deal with complex offensive progressions, but these are things that you will want him to grow into eventually.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Size weight: 6 foot 3, 211 pounds
Notable: Third-most wins by a quarterback in college football history (44), 2x AAC Offensive Player of the Year (2020, 2021), holds Cincinnati’s record for total yards (12,418 )
What do you want to know: Would the Seahawks trade one winning quarterback for another? Ridder is the winningest quarterback in this year’s draft and the third winningest quarterback in college football history. The Louisville native was a four-year starter at Cincinnati and led the Bearcats to their third 11-win season in program history in 2018. They followed that up with undefeated regular seasons in 2020 and 2021 and became the first group of five team. to appear in the college football playoffs.
DESMOND RIDDER ROCKET 🚀@GoBearcatsFB
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) September 4, 2021
The Seahawks are widely expected to pass a quarterback in the first round, but they reportedly plan to bring in Ridder this week.
Jake Heaps Breakdown: “Every time I come back and study these quarterbacks, Ridder stands out – every time. He’s got a 4.52 40, which is faster than what Russell Wilson ran coming out of Wisconsin. When you look at his career in Cincinnati, there’s just continued growth every season. Incredible work ethic, incredible desire to improve. He’s also a great athlete looking to operate from inside the pocket, that who can be a disadvantage. But he’s not a dual-threat quarterback who just relies on his legs to get out of trouble. He’s someone who wants to function in the pocket, who has a good game of legs in the pocket and who keeps his eyes on the ground amidst the chaos.
“Now about those inconveniences. He doesn’t use his athleticism enough. I know I just said he was a pro. This guy can be a real threat with his legs and I think he could have been even more so in college. But I like that he thinks of himself as a quarterback first…I think Ridder has to be willing to use that athleticism to his advantage a little more, but it’s great that you don’t have to teach him to go the other way. . Another downside I see: once it completes its initial reading, its accuracy decreases. A lot of that is, I believe, just normal college stuff you see with quarterbacks. A lot of these guys aren’t on their third, fourth or fifth progression to a high level.
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