With the 199th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected offensive tackle Garrett Scott out of Marshall. Scott fits the mold of many Seattle late-round picks in that he is relatively unknown despite being a great athlete.
Garrett Scott said he ran a 5.04 40-yard dash in wet conditions at his pro day and had a 33.5-inch vert. He's 6-5, 310. Impressive.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) May 10, 2014
Those workout numbers make him ideally suited for Seattle's zone-blocking scheme. That sort of athleticism is simply hard to find in a player his size, and was likely the reason the Seahawks elected to spend a draft pick on Scott.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable has done well with turning athletes into competent players in the past. This includes converting defensive players into competent offensive linemen like he was able to do with J.R. Sweezy. That is likely part of the thought process that led to this selection.
Garrett Scott: "Some of my strengths are very athletic, versatile. My weakness I just need to improve on foot speed."— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 10, 2014
Scott's role in Seattle will be as a backup in 2014. The Seahawks are now very deep along the line. They return four starters from the 2013 Super Bowl team, and have already added Justin Britt earlier in the draft. Add to the mix impressive second-year players Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, and it is unlikely that Scott will see the field during the 2014 season.
One of the more difficult questions that must be answered is which position Scott is going to play in the NFL. He appears to have the tools to play tackle, but Seattle has a much bigger need along the interior of the offensive line.
Scott: "I played all the positions, but I played in games at four spots (both tackles and guard)."— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 10, 2014
Scott's best chance to become a starter in Seattle might be at center. Starter Max Unger had a down year in 2013, and has a rather large salary-cap number. If Scott can transition to the position and prove that he can handle the responsibilities there, the Seahawks may begin to view him as a low-cost alternative to Unger at some point down the road.
Long term, Scott's role will ultimately depend on how fast his technique develops. He has the athleticism to be an impact player in the NFL, but it will likely take some time before he is ready for regular playing time in Seattle's offense.