Pete Carroll offers strong endorsement for Drew Lock

In early March, the Seattle Seahawks traded franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

While quarterback Drew Lock was part of the package in exchange for Wilson, many thought the Seahawks would pick Wilson’s successor in last week’s draft. However, the draft came and went without a quarterback selected by the Seahawks.

A guest on Sports Radia KJR in SeattleSeahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave Lock a considerable vote of confidence.

“I think he would have been the first guy picked, quarterbacks anyway,” Carroll said. “He would have been the first guy in this draft. I’m not shy about saying that.”

The Broncos’ second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Lock played in six games last season, going 0-3 as a starter for Denver. Lock started 21 games in three seasons at Denver, going 8-13 with a 59.3 completion percentage, passing for 25 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and 4,740 yards.

The Seahawks currently have four quarterbacks on their roster, including Lock, veteran Geno Smith, Jacob Eason and undrafted free agent Levi Lewis.

Last season, Smith started three games for Seattle, going 1-2 with a 68.4 completion percentage, throwing for 702 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

The eight-year veteran played 45 career NFL games with the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and Seahawks, posting a 58.8 completion percentage while throwing for 6,917 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Eason was a fourth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2020, seeing action in one game last season, going 2 of 5 for 25 yards and one interception.

“First look at Drew, he’s really athletic, he’s really a confident athlete, you can see he’s got a lot of body control, he’s got quick feet, he’s got a quick arm, he has different ways of releasing football like his body is in different positions,” Carroll added. “He’s got real talent there. He’s got a strong arm, he can throw the ball a mile down the pitch. He compares to Geno, and Geno Smith has a great arm. He has a world-class arm, and all that. To match that, that’s saying a lot.

“All three of our guys have good arms. They can rip the ball up the field. We’ve had a whole week seeing those guys there. They’re really talented, as far as arm talent goes, so that’s there. They’re big, they’re sharp, they move well.”

Carroll went on to say that the group of quarterbacks they have now will likely be the same one that opens the 2022 NFL season.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anyone at all. I don’t see that happening,” Carroll said. “But we will certainly continue to be open to opportunities to help our club, and in the meantime we will just fight and fight hard.”

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