Seahawks could do much worse than either of these local guys
There are two names 12s should pay a little more attention to than the others so far. As it stands now, any of the above could fall to the second round, with the exception of Williams. But either of these two players is more likely to still be waiting to hear their name when the Seahawks come calling on Day Two.
The first of these is Washington State Cougar Andre Dillard. He’s ranked anywhere from fifth, by cbssports.com, walterfootball.com, and drafttek.com, all the way to 13th by espn.com. Unlike anyone mentioned so far, every one of his starts in college was at left tackle. He’s noted more for his pass-blocking skill than the ability to drive block. I’m sure a few weeks with D.J. Fluker would help in that area. He’s almost certainly going to be a second-round pick, so the Seahawks would have a good shot at the Woodinville native.
The second strong possibility for Seattle would be Washington Husky Kaleb McGary. He’s ranked anywhere from fourth ( drafttek.com) to 12th (walterfootball.com). McGary made all of his career starts at right tackle, and won the Pac-12 Morris Trophy as the conference’s best offensive lineman. That’s pretty meaningful, as the voters are the defensive linemen of the Pac-12. McGary would also be around on day two to take a call from the Seahawks, so they’d have a shot at a native Washingtonian again, in this instance from Fife.
For what it’s worth – and that isn’t much – my money is on either the Cougar or the Husky. Dillard is noted as the better pass blocker, while McGary has shown more expertise as a run blocker. Neither was called deficient in their off-skill, just better at the first. Dillard would have to make the adjustment to the right side of the line, while McGary has been there all along.
Then again, the best tackle usually plays the blind side, so the advantage shifts back to Dillard. But McGary was voted the best O-lineman in the Pac-12, so the advantage swings again to the Husky. Regardless, I’m pretty sure Mike Solari would be happy with either player.