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Curious moves just keep on coming in Seattle

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By Dan Arkush

After operating way out of the box in the first round with the selection of DE Bruce Irvin, who, like James Carpenter last year, was considered a pick that nobody saw coming, the second-round selection of Utah State LB Bobby Wagner seemed to make a lot more sense.

But the Seahawks turned right around with another brain-teaser in the third round when they drafted undersized Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson despite having what appeared to be more than enough signalcallers.

After doing so well in last year’s draft, selecting four players who look like long-term starters (including Carpenter, provided he can bounce back from a nasty knee injury), it wouldn’t be right to get too carried away criticizing the Seahawks’ second-day dealings at the draft table.

But taking Wilson so high in the third round with Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Josh Portis already manning the QB position is a move weird enough to make the first-round selection of Irvin look like the safest pick in the draft.

Let’s go back to Wagner for a minute, though, before trying to figure out what has become a very odd setup at quarterback.

Well-built and muscular, Wagner can play both inside, which is where he was primarily situated at Utah State, or on the strong side, where the recently re-signed Leroy Hill would appear to remain the front-runner — at least for the time being.

Wagner will more likely get a fair amount of playing time, along with newly acquired Barrett Ruud, at middle linebacker. Ruud has assorted health issues that he still must overcome, so a time-share with Wagner could be in the offing. Wagner is a very productive tackler, which brings back instant memories of David Hawthorne, the Seahawks’ previous starting middle 'backer and leading tackler each of the last three seasons. He was the North team’s Most Outstanding Player in this year’s Senior Bowl and also is considered a blue-chip special-teamer.

All things considered, he looks like a solid enough second-round pick.

As for Wilson, something here just does not compute. Does his selection mean that Jackson, who the team had said would get a good shot at competing with Flynn for the starting job, and/or Portis, who was widely considered a promising developmental QB, could be sent packing?

Stay tuned in Seattle, where strange things keep on happening during the Pete Carroll regime.

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