Survivor I - Joe Jurevicius Commentary
NOTE: this draft was completed on 7/24
Positives - Jurevicius is an experienced veteran who has been a competent receiver for Tampa Bay for the last three seasons. He possesses great size (6-5), and good hands, traits currently in short supply in Seattle. Jurevicius will battle Bobby Engram for the starting receiver position opposite Darrell Jackson with the loser likely playing the slot position in the Seahawks 3 WR sets. I think this is a great opportunity for Jurevicius to earn more playing time than he has received in recent seasons. If he can win the starting spot, I believe he will quickly become one of Matt Hasselbeckís favorite targets and post his best receiving numbers to date. I think Jurevicius has good ability, is a great fit, and has great opportunity to succeed.
Negatives - Jurevicius has had nagging injuries throughout his career. He has never been able to crack a starting lineup or catch more than 51 passes in a season. Bobby Engram is currently the favorite to earn the starting gig, forcing Jurevicius into a potential third WR role with competition from Jerome Pathon. Thereís also no guarantee that Jurevicius will make the team should he struggle in preseason. There have been rumors regarding Seattle making a trade for a WR which would muddy the waters even more.
Draft Strategy - Iím honestly not sure why I made this pick. Maybe because we were already about 6 hours into the draft, maybe because I was targeting Samie Parker, Reggie Williams, Caldwell, and Glenn who were all selected in the 8 picks prior to my selection, or maybe it was simply food deprivation. At the time I felt much better about this pick, but I likely could have selected Jurevicius several rounds later and taken another QB like Eli Manning here.