Position: Offensive Guard
School: North Carolina A&T Aggies
Measurables: 6’5″, 348 lbs
How Acquired: Undrafted Free Agency
How can the Seahawks use him?
Nate Isles is a big dude whom we really don’t know a whole lot about just yet (heck we can’t even find a usable photo of the kid), but don’t expect that to last very long. This kid is one of those developmental-types that Pete Carroll and staff love so much and there are some factors that make him a player to watch in the near future.
First, James Carpenter’s fifth year option was declined by Seattle at the beginning of May, which means this is Carp’s final season with the Seahawks. He could conceivably start the season as the number one left guard too, with J.R. Sweezy lining up at the opposite guard. The Seahawks signed veterans Steven Schilling (from San Diego) and Greg Van Roten (from Green Bay) this offseason to come in and help out and Van Roten looks particularly valuable.
Still, depending on Isles development (assuming he makes the team), he could have a shot at starting as early as next season. We know that the Seahawks likely are far from done exploring options at guard from now until that time (wouldn’t be surprised if they addressed it early in the draft next season), but it’s something to think about at this point.
Size. The Seahawks love tackle-type size at the guard position and Isles brings all of that to the table and a rack of chips. Basically he has something you can’t teach, so if Tom Cable and the O-line staff can coach him up he could be a very intriguing future player.