The Seattle Seahawks have drafted four offensive linemen in the last three years during general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll’s time with the team.
Three of them have emerged as starters in left tackle Russell Okung (first round, 2010), left guard James Carpenter (first round, 2011) and right guard J.R. Sweezy (seventh round, 2012), while one as provided a competent and versatile backup in John Moffitt (third round, 2011).
Offensive line coach and zone blocking guru Tom Cable gives Seattle some added flexibility because of his ability to develop unpolished talent into serviceable starters that fit his scheme like Breno Giacomini and Rishaw Johnson.
But according to the latest salary cap figures released by the NFLPA, the Seahawks are nudging closer to the salary cap limit, with $7.2 million in cap space for 2013. And that does not include the Kam Chancellor deal.
So players like versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan ($3 million base salary in 2013) and Giacomini ($3.5 million in base salary in 2013) may be asked to restructure their contracts if supplanted in the starting lineup by younger alternatives.
The Seahawks were one of the dominant running teams in the league last year, finishing third in rushing offense 161.2 per contest. Seattle’s offensive line allowed just 33 sacks in 2012, tied with Washington for No. 12 in the league.
Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long has become a popular choice in mock drafts for Seattle second round. At 6-6 and 313 pounds, the son of former Oakland defensive tackle Howie Long has good athleticism, played in the zone blocking scheme for the Ducks and could make an easy transition to Seattle’s scheme.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst fir NFLDraftScout.com, gives us is offensive linemen to consider for the Seattle Seahawks.
2 (56) Kyle Long, 6-6, 313, Oregon
Rob’s rationale: Intriguing project. Big man with impressive athleticism. Only played three years of football after signing with Florida State as a pitcher. Son of Howie, brother of Chris.
3 (87) David Bakhtiari, 6-4, 299, Colorado
Rob’s rationale: Left tackle for the Buffs but may not possess the length, flexibility to remain there. Good athlete and plays with some nastiness.
4 (123) Brennan Williams, 6-6, 318, North Carolina
Rob’s rationale: Highly athletic right tackle. Dad, Brent, played DL for Seahawks. Won’t last this long if teams are convinced he’s healthy after labrum ruined 2012 season.
5 (138, 158) Earl Watford, 6-4, 300, James Madison
Rob’s rationale: Dominant small-school guard who has impressed scouts with his athleticism and tenacity. Solid week at the East-West Shrine Game.
6 (194) Jeff Baca, 6-4, 302, UCLA
Rob’s rationale: Tough, versatile offensive lineman with starting experience at OG and OT. Some believe his best position in NFL is at center.
7 (220, 231, 241 and 242) Tanner Hawkinson, 6-5, 298, Kansas
Rob’s rationale: Former tight end who emerged as four-year starter at OT. Needs time in the weight room but an athletic, battle-tested project with some upside.