Former UW quarterback Keith Price watched the NFL Draft conclude Saturday with an overwhelming sense of disappointment.
“I thought I should have been drafted, to be honest with you, based on my production and my skill set,” said Price, who left UW holding a handful of single-season and career records. “I thought it was kind of comical (that he wasn’t).”
The disappointment, though, didn’t last long.
Price said it was “literally less than a minute” after the draft that ended that Seattle coach Pete Carroll called and offered a spot on the roster as an undrafted free agent.
Price said he accepted almost as quickly, saying “I just felt like it was the right decision.”
Price said a few teams called later but “I didn’t even answer the phone.”
Price worked out for the Seahawks in Renton last month along with a number of other local players and said the team kept in regular contact afterward. Price said Carroll called shortly after to say the team was impressed with his workout and that “they had interest in me.”
He’ll face a stiff challenge to make the team as Seattle now has five quarterbacks on its roster, including an entrenched started in Russell Wilson. Others on the roster are backup Tarvaris Jackson, second-year player B.J. Daniels, and the recently-acquired Terrelle Pryor.
Price, though, said he’s not daunted, saying “I’m coming in to compete.”
He said it helps that knows Seattle’s coaches well “and I’m really comfortable with them” and that the offense the Seahawks run “has a lot of similarities to the offense I ran with the Huskies. I think it’s a good fit.”