November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Garry Gilliam (89) reacts after the official review of a touchdown is reversed during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Garry Gilliam Seahawks Rookie Profile: Tom Cable High on Penn State Project

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Position: Offensive Line

School: Penn State Nittany Lions

Measurables: 6’6″, 306 lbs

How Acquired: Undrafted Rookie Free Agent

How can the Seahawks use him?

Garry Gilliam is working with two units right now, the second team left guard and third team left tackle. Of course that makes him a good candidate for eventual playing time as a swing-lineman, just as Paul McQuistan was for the past few years in Seattle. With the injuries that the Seahawks have sustained over the recent seasons on their O-line, if Gilliam can make the roster he would have a good shot at playing time in the 2014 season.

Of course the Hawks are hoping they can keep developing him and that he wouldn’t have to be thrown directly into the fire this season. Still, Tom Cable likes what he’s seeing so far:

We’re seeing the athlete that we thought he was. And his brain is showing up. He’s just got to learn how to be a pro, in terms of the grind every snap, the intensity of each and every snap. But he’s doing that and we like where he’s going.”

Best Attribute

Gilliam’s best attribute is his athleticism. He played tight end for Penn State in 2012, starting eight games at the position before bulking up to the 300 lbs-range and moving to lineman in 2013. While he only started four games last season, Gilliam’s ability to move and pull along the line will be something that Tom Cable and the Seahawks’ coaching staff could use at some point. We know that they like taking on projects and giving them a shot though and he’s got more experience than J.R. Sweezy did when he was brought in.

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