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Why the Seahawks didn’t draft an offensive lineman until the fifth round

Why the Seahawks didn’t draft an offensive lineman until the fifth round

General manager John Schneider responded with a hint of snark when asked after the draft if the Seattle Seahawks are happy with their offensive line.

“I guess we’re supposed to take a bunch [of lineman] all the time,kids authentic nfl jerseys he said. “Every day we’re supposed to be signing one.”

The question lingers after the Seahawks failed to add to what has consistently been a position of weakness for them until they finally chose Oklahoma tackle Jamarco Jones in the fifth round. It’s part of the reason they didn’t receive many favorable grades from those assessing how teams fared in the draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., for instance, gave Seattle a C-plus and noted the absence of an early-round addition to the offensive line, writing, “I could practically hear the Seattle fans in Dallas wondering why the Seahawks waited so long to address the O-line. They have a point.”

So why didn’t Seattle do more on the offensive line in the draft?

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The short answer: Contrary to the widely held perception the Seahawks neglect their offensive line, they’ve already done quite a bit to build it up and like the group they’ve assembled.

In fact, from 2010, when Schneider and coach Pete Carroll arrived, to 2017, no team drafted more offensive linemen than Seattle’s 17. That’s what Schneider was alluding to in his response.

On top of that, the Seahawks essentially used their third-rounder this year on a left tackle. That was one of the picks they gave the Houston Texans in their trade for former All-Pro Duane Brown last October (Seattle also gave up a 2019 second and got back a 2018 fifth).

So the projected starting five for 2018 includes three first-round picks (Brown,kids nfl football jerseys Ifedi and new right guard D.J. Fluker) and two second-rounders (Britt and Pocic). That’s a good amount of talent for new line coach Mike Solari to work with.

Then again, the same thing could have been said about last year’s group. The only change was adding Fluker to essentially replace another first-round pick, Luke Joeckel, and Seattle’s 2017 offensive line was again a weak point. Russell Wilson faced pressure at the second-highest rate among all quarterbacks. He led the team in rushing with 586 yards, which shows how ineffective Seattle’s offensive line was at opening up holes in the run game.