Drafting Seahawks: Could Utah’s Isaac Asiata Bring Physicality to Seattle
The Seahawks are apparently chasing their offensive line cure in free agency. Here with the latest ‘Drafting Seahawks’ article, we look at one option in the mid-rounds of the draft. A player who would bring an edge to Seattle, Utah’s Isaac Asiata.
Asiata is a big presence on the line at 6’3 and 323lbs. Watching him you see that is a tough presence to beat and get around for opposing defenders. He opened chasm’s along with Top 15 prospect Garrett Bolles in 2016. Doing that in Seattle would certainly boost the lacklustre run game from 2016.
He shows impressive power initally off the ball and really drives through the play. A clear nasty, physical streak really accentuates his consistency for the Utes. In his senior year, Asiata won the Morris Trophy. An award voted by his fellow players in the Pac 12 shows just how respected his ‘game’ is.
Despite his size, Asiata really moves well and athletically. In two years as a every-down starter he opened running lanes for Denver Broncos’ Devontae Booker before doing the same to Joe Williams. Williams broke all sorts of school records over the final two months of the season. Asiata played a big part of that.
Before finding his home at Utah on the interior, Asiata also spent some time on the right side of the line. That versatility is another check for his stock in Seattle. His movement skills really shine as he gets to the 2nd level consistently well. He mirrors and performs well in pass protection as well.
This past weekend at the Combine, Asiata certainly turned heads. A position-leading 35 bench press reps was backed up with a 5.34 40-yard time. Both showing that strength turning into power with good movement.
He is a really solid prospect who I pegged to us at the backend of the 3rd round in my initial mock last week. After his output on the field in Indianapolis this weekend, that may be a bit of good fortune.
A strong player in every sense who shows a great nasty streak to go with his physicality. Something which you’d expect line coach Tom Cable to love to work with and mould. His chances of moving outside remain a question mark. But a interior starter in the near future and a solid career for Asiata is a very likely outcome.
For sure a name to watch when the Draft’s 2nd day winds on.