The Seattle Seahawks have developed a reputation for making a splash come draft time, and this year will likely add to that infamy. The intriguing part of Seattle’s strategy this time of year, however, revolves around their ability to find talent late in the draft as well as within the undrafted free agent pool. In fact, the Seahawks’ most consistent receiving weapon over the past several years – Doug Baldwin – came to Seattle as an undrafted free agent from Stanford University, lending credibility to the team’s unique ability to spot talent where others don’t see it.
This season’s rookie class is certainly no different. Seattle managed to land a few big names as priority undrafted free agents including DE Jackson Jeffcoat from the University of Texas and LB/DB Dion Bailey from the University of Southern California (USC), which of course is head coach Pete Carroll’s former stomping grounds.
Perhaps most exciting for Seahawks fans was the signing of quarterback Keith Price from the University of Washington as a priority undrafted free agent. Price was arguably the most prolific passer in UW history, setting passing records for career touchdown passes (75), career completion percentage (.640), career passing efficiency (143.2), single-season touchdown passes (33 in 2011), single season completion percentage (.669 in 2011), single-season passing efficiency (161.9 in 2011) and single-game touchdown passes (tied with 5 vs. Colorado in 2012).
While Price may be slightly undersized at 6-foot-1 and weighing in at a mere 204-pounds, he more than makes up for it with his leadership abilities and character. Plus, being a hard-working but slightly undersized quarterback with great character in Seattle has worked out pretty well for Price’s mentor Russell Wilson (who is actually smaller than Price).
Wilson is now firmly entrenched as the starter in Seattle coming off of a dominant Super Bowl victory. The Seahawks have Terrelle Pryor on the roster as well, who arrived this offseason via trade with the Oakland Raiders. With so much talent ahead of him, it is fair to wonder where Price fits in amongst the Seahawks’ quarterback group.
It would seem that best-case scenario has Price ending up as the No. 3 quarterback – assuming Seattle keeps that many – but the more likely scenario puts him on the practice squad. Unfortunately for Seattle, that means there would be no guarantee they could retain his services to develop.
Fans in the Pacific Northwest know better than most the unbelievable potential Price has as a backup quarterback in Seattle. Surely they will be hoping this hometown hero manages to earn a spot somewhere on the depth chart this summer. If nothing else, it should make for an intriguing training camp battle as Seattle heads toward the preseason.