Seattle was going to select an offensive line prospect at some point in the draft. Honestly, I am surprised that it took this long.
In Ryan Seymour, it gets a swing offensive lineman who can play multiple positions. As I have indicated multiple times in the past, it's vital that contending teams get versatility in the final round. This is due to the fact that drafting a position-specific player pretty much disables his ability to actually make the roster.
Seattle understands this and went with versatility with the 220th pick.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee filed the following report on Seymour last April:
Seymour is a very versatile offensive lineman that has played tackle and guard. He made the switch to guard mid-way through the 2011 season and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Army.
We already know that Seattle isn't sold with the depth and talent that it has along the interior of its offensive line, so this made all the sense in the world.
While I have not scouted Seymour, there are others out there who think he will surprise a great deal in Seahawks camp this upcoming summer.
Seymour started all 13 games this past season and actually saw action at both tackle positions. Again, this is all about acquiring versatility and creating some competition in camp.
While Seymour was nowhere to be found on big boards around the scouting community, you can rest assured that John Schneider and Co. did their research and liked him more than other players who were ranked higher by outside "experts."
Getting back to that tweet for a second. Pete Carroll has shown an ability to give all of his draft picks an opportunity to prove their worth in camp. If Seymour comes in and impresses, there is no reason to believe he can't earn a backup offensive line role on the 53-man roster.
At the very least, this selection puts the marginal players along Seattle's offensive line on notice. It tells them that the organization is not going to sit back and accept mediocrity anywhere on its roster. That's what contending teams do.
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