The Seattle Seahawks will be adding a reasonably large number of players to the roster in the next week when the NFL Draft begins, but here are five players they need to avoid.
The NFL Draft is less than a week away, and there is no shortage of mock drafts and other analysis out there for our consumption. There are plenty of common themes in them, like the Seattle Seahawks needing offensive line help early, or taking a backup QB late.
These theme also make it easy to spot from trouble spots for Seattle. There are plenty of players that seem to be a good combination of need and draft value. Unfortunately, some of those combinations are only “good” on the surface.
Here are five players that the Seahawks need to avoid, even if the draft community seems to think they’re a good fit in Seattle.
1) Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
This is a very common player to be mocked to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round. The rationale is that he’s a solid run blocker with athleticism, but unfortunately he just isn’t a fit for Seattle’s system.
The narrative on Germaine is that he’s highly athletic. While that is somewhat true (75.6 percentile SPARQ), he isn’t athletic in a way that translates to being an effective zone blocking tackle. He has terribly slow feet when moving laterally, and he changes direction about as well as the Titanic did.
Ifedi belongs in a power blocking scheme where he can focus on beating the guy in front of him. Asking him to move laterally and block in space, as he’ll have to do in a zone blocking scheme, isn’t setting him up to be successful.
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