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


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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  • BSORaiderErie

    Tom Cable should of had more time as the Oakland Headcoach but I guess when he broke his assistant coaches face was over the top, broken jaw is tough!

  • Peter Smith

    Nah, Cable seems best as an OL coach… sometimes you have a calling and head coach just isn’t it. There’s no question he’s a great OL coach though.

    As for this kid Gilliam, he makes for an interesting kind of project. Usually, if a team has a 6th guy on the line, its a blocking TE… as in a guy with a slightly smaller body who can bring assistance to blocking on the line, but also be a pass-catcher as a play breaks down… a touch too small for the line, but with the ability to catch and/or block. Gilliam may change that equation. While the overall abilities might be the same (assist in blocking, catch a pass if needed), the size would be the difference. Instead of being an undersized assist to the OL, he would be an appropriately sized compliment who can likewise still catch a pass. Line up at TE, but effectively be a true 6th offensive lineman when it means the most. Think run blocking with six “true” offensive linemen. Imagine the affect of the ball in the hands of a 6’6″ 290 “TE” charging down field like a bowling ball (he runs a sub-5 sec 40). The Seahawks are great at assessing a player’s talents, and finding a way to use them best. If we can do that, and keep him at TE, a guy like Gilliam could really make a defensive coordinator have some nightmares if Gill can prove that he has some value as a totally different and new kind of “beast” TE.

    I mean let’s be honest, Carroll and the Seahawks are essentially the NFL’s version of moneyball… find value in places that everyone else is overlooking. We did it with Russell Wilson. We did it with Sherman and the tall/fast CBs. Why not do it with Gilliam at the TE position?