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Line coach Tom Cable expects spring parade of centers to yield new starter by early in preseason

Tom Cable, joking about Russell Okung interrupting a post-OTA-practice interview on Tuesday in the video above, isn’t more than the Seahawks’ offensive line coach this spring. He’s become the team’s chief mixologist.

Cable’s been using more centers than a hockey team does. That’s been since Seattle sent two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans in March in the trade that added star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks’ recently meager passing game.

Lemuel Jeanpierre, Unger’s backup for most of the last five seasons, has been the first-string center for the majority

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Tom Cable on Seahawks OL as minicamp begins: “We like the guys we have”

The Seahawks are beginning their three-day rookie minicamp today at team headquarters in Renton.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable likes the blockers he will have there — and beyond.

Cable talked Saturday after the team drafted Terry Poole from San Diego State and Mark Glowinski to play guard. It was an hour or two before Seattle selected Kristjan Sokoli with the intent to convert the defensive tackle from the University of Buffalo into a center beginning this weekend.

That’s what Cable did a few years ago with seventh-round pick J.R. Sweezy. The college defensive end is now the Seahawks’ starting

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Could Seahawks find starting LG and C with first two picks of the draft?

Top-rated offensive linemen in 2015 draft, per

(With the reminder the Seahawks need at least a new starting C and LG):

  1. Andrus Peat, T, Stanford: Won’t be available when Seattle first picks at 63rd overall
  2. Brandon Scherff, T/G, Iowa: Versatile, powerful – and also unavailable to Seahawks
  3. La’el Collins, T/G, LSU: Varying opinions on whether he’ll last past 1st round
  4. J. Clemmings, T, Pitt: Converted DE, 1 year at OT. Recent injury concerns.
  5. Cameron Erving, T, FSU: A DT to All-American OT in 2 yrs. Athletic. Some see as an NFL center. Probably way gone by No. 63

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Russell Wilson won’t link offensive line issues to his. But Seahawks could help by relying even more on Marshawn Lynch

The bus was right there, rolling right behind my question to Russell Wilson. But the Seahawks’ quarterback and team leader was not about throw his battered, makeshift offensive line under it.

How much are you noticing the opposing pass rush this season, the issues on the offensive line in front of you — especially after today’s 30-24 escape past winless Oakland in which Wilson was reduced to throwing almost exclusively screen passes to today’s Seattle receiving leader Marshawn Lynch because he was ransacked by Raiders almost every time he dropped back to throw?

“I think we’re doing a good job of protecting

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Pete Carroll’s goal for tonight is also the key to Seahawks’ season: “Protect better”

Tonight’s primary goal for the Seahawks’ offense in the second exhibition game will be easy for all of us to assess: Keep Russell Wilson and the quarterbacks from getting chased and hit as much by the San Diego Chargers as they were last week by the Denver Broncos.

Wilson got hit three times on Seattle’s first, five-play drive in the exhibition opener. He was sacked once and hit after he threw on two other plays.

“No, that’s by design. Russell was getting kind of cocky so we wanted to make him get banged up a little bit,” coach Pete Carroll

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