Its been some time since I, or anyone for that matter, has seen Whitehurst play but when he was coming out of college I was very high on his NFL future. He was overshadowed by Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler in the 2006 draft, but I had Whitehurst rated as the 4th best quarterback in that class with a early 2nd-round grade.
Digging deep into the DraftAce archives, here’s what we said about Whitehurst in ’06:
Strengths: Ideal height for NFL quarterback. Great arm strength. Good mechanics. Good athlete with above average mobility. Impressive accuracy, especially on shorter passes.
Weaknesses: Never really lived up to full potential at Clemson. Makes poor decisions; tends to lock onto a receiver and force his throws. Major fumbling concerns (24 career fumbles).
Some have tried to read into the Chargers’ handling of Whitehurst to determine if he’s starter material, but personally I think that’s a waste of time. On one hand, the Chargers liked him enough to keep him on board for four years and tender him at a 3rd-round value. On the other hand, he wasn’t able to beat out Billy Volek for the backup job.
Regardless of whether or not the move works out, the signing of Whitehurst to a two-year $8M deal could reshape the Seahawks draft plans. With Whitehurst earning borderline starter’s money, it would be difficult to bring Jimmy Clausen aboard. Clausen has the skills to start right away and its tough to envision the Seahawks putting their 1st-round pick or their newly acquired quarterback on the bench for 2 years.