OLine is always an interesting group to assess and then watch in the draft. First of all I find it pretty hard to assess what would be a great OLineman at the next level because there are so many subtleties. Secondly, those in the 2nd group could float up into the first because it is one of the most premier position.
I have already looked at the two biggest needs for the Seahawks after moves and trades in my assessment:
Now I will look onto a group where the Seahawks have some potential starters, but need some young and talented guys who can step into their shoes in a couple of years. Lets have a look who could be available this year.
1st round talent
Garrett Bradbury (C/G) – 20.06.1995 (23) (age) – 6′ 3″ (height) – 306 lbs (weight) – 31 3/4” (arm length) – North Carolina State
Moved from TE to OL to C during College but ended up with first team All ACC and All American honors. Has the ability to get to the 2nd level from center. great athleticism and technique, broke 5 second mark as one of only 5 linemen at combine. Brooks described him as a technical marvel with great feet from his TE days. team captain at the senior bowl. Strong body control and core strength. I would be happy to take him in the first round, because I think that he has rare ability and intelligence. Britt could switch to Guard in such a situation. Top OL talent in the draft.
2nd – 3rd round talent
Dalton Risner (T/G) – 13.07.1995 (23) – 6′ 5″ – 312 lbs – 34” – Kansas State
Risner was a 3 year team captain, offensive lineman of the year 2018 and first team All Big 12. He has a great personality and the intelligence to go with it. Mean finisher and is very consistent in what he does. He just seems to do things right. Not the most athletic but plays with effort. Risner had a good Combine and his rep as the rabbit against Taylor was legendary.
With Lindstrom he is my joint second favourite Lineman and I would be happy to take him in the second round.
Chris Lindstrom (G) – (?) – 6′ 4″ – 308 lbs – 34 1/8” – Boston College
Elite athleticism, ran a 4.91 at the combine. quickness to match movement across from him. has the ability to get to his blocks both laterally and up the levels. Third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC. football heritage through family. Father played OL in NFL for 3 years. Gives a solid and pro-ready impression.
He is my favourite guard in the draft and joint second favourite OLineman after Bradbury. I would be happy to take him in the 2nd round.
Jawaan Taylor (RT) – 25.11.97 (21) – 6′ 5″ – 312 lbs – 35 1/8” – Florida
people mover who is powerful in the run. would be a great addition to the Seahawks line and an upgrade to Ifedi at Right Tackle. However, he probably won’t be available when we are on the clock. He is still pretty young but has a great combination of speed and strength. Has a similar tendency to Ifedi in that he has excessive false start penalties over the last 2 years. I am a bit torn about Taylor, but his measurables and talent in the run game are exciting. could potentially switch to guard at the next level.
Kaleb McGary (T/G) – 22.02.95 (24) – 6′ 7″ – 317 lbs – 32 7/8” – Washington
top tackle in the PAC 12. could transition to guard at the next level due to athletic limitations. NFL frame. Can create great running lanes and finishes hard.
He and his family have been through serious adversity as they were forced off the family farm when McGary was in high school. Last year they were living in RVs, but a fire partially burned down one of the RVs as well as his mother’s family home (which they were restoring at the time). To add to that, McGary was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, which could cause him to drop in the draft like Maurice Hurst last year.
He is a great adversity story, which the Seahawks love. The fact that they didn’t draft Hurst in last year’s draft may be a bad precedent though. It will be interesting to see whether he will fall as deep as Hurst did last year in the 5th round. I would be happy to take him in the 3rd or 4th.
4th – 7th round talent
Phil Haynes (G) – 19.10.95 (23) – 6′ 4″ – 322 lbs – 33 1/2” – Wake Forrest
looks like a beasty bouncer in the Fluker mold. I like his movement and size. He could be a great late round addition to the Seahawks in the 4th or 5th round.
Hjalte Froholdt (G) – 20.08.96 (22) – 6′ 5″ – 306 lbs – 31 1/4” – Arkansas
His solid tape against Quinnen Williams alone has to get you interested. Shorter legs and longer upper body give him a great, naturally low center of gravity and great short area quickness. Could be a steal in the 5th round.
Bradbury in the first round or one of Risner / Lindstrom in the second, combined with Haynes in the 4th or 5th round would be the ideal situation here. The Seahawks OLine doesn’t necessarily need extra players for right now, but I am a strong believer in investing early in the OLine because it puts you in a strong position longterm.
We saw what happened when we had a crappy OLine and should work actively to avoid that happening again.