With the NFL draft now less than a week away, we take a look at 5 draft sleepers who fit the Seattle Seahawks.
We all know how close to the vest Seahawks GM John Schneider and his staff like to play things this time of year. He doesn’t drop many hints indicating which way they’re leaning on their draft board, and he’s CIA-like in how diligently he avoids talking about specific players.
That leaves it up to the rest of us to speculate, and the list of possible Seahawks targets seems to have been narrowed down to 10-15 names that fit the team’s historical draft profile. From that list we’ve all made our minds up about which players we like, and as Keith pointed out in 5 players I hope the Seahawks don’t draft, those we don’t. But inevitably there will be names called between next Thursday and Saturday that we either aren’t very familiar with, or simply didn’t think Schneider and Co. would target.
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So I thought I’d try to play the part of Draft Sleuth and come up with a list of 5 draft sleepers who fit the Seahawks.
TYLER JOHNSTONE, OT, Oregon
Johnstone has everything you look for in a tackle, and in particular he has what the Seahawks look for; he’s extremely athletic, is long, strong, and experienced. He started every game he appeared in for the Ducks, 39 of them, but it’s the games he missed that appeared to stunt his path to being a higher draft pick.
Johnstone twice tore the same ACL, missing the entire 2014 season as a result. When he came back last year it appeared he wasn’t fully recovered, and some feared he never would. But as the season wore on he looked stronger with each game and ended up making the first team All Pac 12 team.
If he’s fully recovered and healthy, he could be a steal for some team in the late rounds where he’s currently projected. Local draft analyst Rob Rang sees him as a perfect fit for Tom Cable’s zone blocked scheme.
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