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Morning links: Idaho OG Iupati a DT?

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 26, 2010 at 10:43 am with 13 Comments »
February 26, 2010 10:43 am

Idaho offensive tackle Mike Iupati, considered the top offensive guard prospect in the draft, looked every bit the part on Thursday as offensive linemen talked to reporters. Although he’s considered a guard, at 6-foot-5, 331 pounds with 35-inch arm length, in a thick, muscle-filled frame, Iupati is considered a possibility to move out to tackle in the NFL

Iupati talked about his versatility, with an ability to play both guard and tackle. But with some gentle coaxing, Iupati beamed when asked about his first love in football — playing defense. He even saw some time on the defensive side of the ball for the Vandals on goal-line situations.

“I really love defense,” Iupati said. “That’s my favorite passion of the game of football, because I know I’m very physical. I can hold up two gaps, take on double teams and stuff like that. I always tried to push my coach to make me a defensive player because I know I’m very good at it, but they really like me on offense and they need me on the offensive line.”

Iupati said he’s been working out individually in Southern California with Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater on playing offensive guard and tackle. Iupati said the Seahawks talked to him during a meet and greet on Wednesday.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rangs talks about the possibility of Iupati playing defensive tackle at the next level in this post on his scouting combine blog.

Seahawks restricted free agent LB Lance Laury will not be getting a tender from the team, making him an unrestricted free agent when the free agency period begins March 5.

Former Seahawks strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark is taking a similar job with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Clare Farsnworth of Seahawks.com profiles Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung.

ESPN’s John Clayton writes that money considerations could sway the Rams’ decision to take a quarterback with the team’s No. 1 overall pick.

The San Francisco 49ers, who own the Carolina Panthers first-round pick, lost a coin toss with the Tennessee Titans and select 17th overall. San Francisco also owns the 13th overall pick.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network believes Seattle should take an offensive tackle with the top pick.

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  1. langfordhawk says:

    14 is a little high for this guy, but I don’t think he lasts until 40.
    If he does….BONUS!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    No chance Iupati gets out of the 1st. I would love for him to become a Seahawk but a trade not withstanding, it’s not in the cards, unfortunately.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    Get two offensive lineman at 6 and 14….whoever is considered to be the best LT on the board at 6, followed by this beast at 14. Matched with Unger this would be a start of the beginning of a young, hungry, big offensive line!

  4. wabubba67 says:

    A little disappointed about Laury…he seemed to play with a nasty edge that most of the Seahawks lacked.

  5. Except for one snap at OLB against HOU, 28 yo Lance Laury (6-2/237) played STs. But L^2 was Hawks best KO coverage player. He was called for 2 penalties and missed a tackle, but forced a fumble, had 14 solo tackles and an assist. L^2 was followed by Will Herring (8 tackles), DD Lewis (7 tackles) and Nick Reed (6 tackles) in KO coverage performance. L^2 played in punt coverage, but was neither good nor poor, but average, which put him in a 15-way tie for 6th in Hawks punt coverage. Guess you don’t restrict a STs player? Hopefully, 2010 will be L^2′s 5th with the Hawks.

    Wonder if Iupati could become an iron man?

  6. yankinta says:

    Trade down and pick up an extra third round pick and take this guy around 18th overall pick…..

    I’d be happy with a LT, This guy + extra 3rd round pick

    OR a DT (McCoy or Price) + This guy + extra 3rd round pick

    OR a DT (McCoy or Price) + LT + extra 3rd round pick

  7. hawkforever21 says:

    alright, although I still want Berry at 6, and I know we need an OT, I’d sure like to have this guy Iupati!! If we have to take him at 14, then I say we do it. But then we’ve got to make sure we get an OT in FA, or with our 2nd rounder.

  8. Nope…here we go!

    We trade up from the 2nd to snag Lupati and he can start at LT and DT. Problem solved in the trenches now we can draft playmakers on offense with #6 and #14. I’m so glad that Singletary is not worried about us because we’re going to have a little surprise for the 49ers next year. 8-|

  9. Iupati is going to be a great player to watch for years to come… for some team… but not for the Seahawks. He is not the zone blocking type of lineman they will draft. He’ll be a beast of an OG or OT for some team that loves to man block.

    I’ve seen O linemen drafted before by coaches who wanted to convert them into D linemen. I’ve never seen it work.

  10. edstang45 says:

    wabubba67 Get two offensive lineman at 6 and 14….whoever is considered to be the best LT on the board at 6, followed by this beast at 14. Matched with Unger this would be a start of the beginning of a young, hungry, big offensive line!

    I like this idea could make the whole offense a winning situation at all positions. Someone fax this to PC please

  11. seahawklovertoo says:

    Fuq,fuq,fuq…… this ZBS better fuqing work. I am so nervous about it—–it’s not even funny. ThIs is the chance of the decade to get a fantastic offensive line to keep us on the top of the game for MANY years to come…..
    I know PC is a major upgrade over the fired “troika of morons” we had this last season ( I wanted Jason Garrett or, Dick Lebeau for HC after Dungy turned us down) , and I’ll support just about anything he does in his first year…BUT, I am NOT sold on ZBS !!!!!!

  12. edstang- yes iupani around 20 plus extra pick that is the draft we need

  13. zone blocking system? gone in two years or the system we run for the next 20 who cares pick big good lineman

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