After three trades to begin the 2017 draft, the Seahawks stayed at 58 at boosted their offensive line depth with LSU’s offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
Pocic is a 6’7, 309lb lineman who has spent time at three spots for LSU, most recently at center in 2016. Pocic certainly has traits which see him a fit for Seattle.
Pocic’s Seahawks Fit
As mentioned above, Pocic has experience at three spots. Starting outside, moving inside to guard before finally a first team, All SEC center in 2016. That versatility is something the Seahawks and line coach Tom Cable clearly covet.
With Justin Britt moving inside 12 months ago and ending the year in the Pro Bowl. Pocic likely won’t slide in there. But in 2018, Britt is a unrestricted free agent, the Seahawks have their hedge if Britt leaves.
If not Pocic adds the big body to the right side, something they thought they had with Ifedi/Webb in 2016.
But with versatility and a good, solid run blocker. He has nice athleticism for his size and gets to the second-level consistently. On top of that, with experience in a program like LSU, Pocic is still only 22.
The fit is an interesting one in a crop where other names popped as ‘fits’ for Seattle more than Pocic, given his center projection.
It’s a worry in terms of continuity could be a question for 2018 if Britt starts at center and walks for Pocic to move inside. If Pocic is the man for another position- he was announced as a tackle- then the Seahawks add some impressive size and movement to their offensive line. Consolidating depth at the very least.
The Seahawks are due on the clock next with the 90th selection. The first of 4 picks in around 25 at the end of the third round and early fourth.