NFL Total Access: Is Whitehurst the next Hasselbeck?

The fallout from the “Charlie Whitehurst Trade” continues to spread, all the way to the NFL Network blog. Upon leaving a very Whitehurst-centric production meeting for Thursday’s NFL Total Access (that’s 7 p.m. ET, folks), the fact is it’s time to discuss the deal between the Chargers and Seahawks.

And to think he hasn’t even thrown an NFL pass.

Some say the Seahawks paid a heavy price for Whitehurst, but NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes believes you can’t ignore how much tape (err, preseason) teams have on him. He’d rather pay that price for someone he’s seen in a pro system and practices than the unknown of a college quarterback in, say, the second round (see John Beck, Brian Brohm, etc.).

To put it simply, fellow analyst Rod Woodson disagrees.

But that line of thinking echoes what then-Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said in 2001 after the Seahawks sent first- and third-round draft choices to the Packers for the largely unknown Matt Hasselbeck and a first-round choice. And, from there, you can connect the dots between Hasselbeck and Whitehurst.

Has Pete Carroll found his guy, just like Holmgren did? Tune in as Dukes and Woodson answer that question, with Rich Eisen directing traffic.

Here’s a look at what else you’ll see Thursday:

  • Who, besides Tim Tebow, is creating draft buzz? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly offers up two names — Fresno St. RB Ryan Mathews and South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Dukes joins in with his take on Alabama DT Terrence Cody and Abilene Christian OL Tony Washington.
  • Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez is in-studio in Los Angeles today. With Gonzalez on board, the crew takes a look at the top 10 multi-sport athletes. There was strong consensus in the room for Bo Jackson.
  • The State of the Franchise series continues with the Buffalo Bills. Does new coach Chan Gailey have an in-house answer at quarterback? Analyst Charles Davis also takes a look at the Bills’ draft needs.
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