The Seahawks need offensive line help. Russell Wilson knows this as do most 12s. North Dakota State’s Dillon Radunz could help immediately. Radunz has excellent athletic ability, though he does need to gain some weight which he will do in an NFL weight regimen.
Radunz is 6’5″ and 305 pounds so his frame will allow him to add 15-20 more pounds without affecting his ability to rotate around and play tackle. But Radunz also has the ability to play guard and will likely start there as a pro. especially if he gets drafted by the Seahawks. But to be a good guard Radunz would need to add weight quickly.
He does, however, have excellent upper body strength and will only get stronger. His footwork is already good too and will likely need a limited amount of coaching to get it to an NFL level. Though Radunz played at North Dakota State football fans and NFL brass learned a few years ago that players coming from that school don’t need a lot of time to season; They are already well-coached and ready.
Radunz only played in one game in 2020 due COVID-19 and its effects on NDSU’s season. But in 2019 Radunz was a first-team All-FCS All-America at tackle. He started 31 games combined in 2018 and 2019 after hurting his knee in 2017 and missing nearly all of the year. He has shown no ill-effects from that injury, however, and it should not be a concern moving forward.
Seahawks would be wise to draft Dillon Radunz
NDSU has its Pro Day on Friday and while a lot of scouts will show up to watch quarterback Trey Lance work out, there will be several scouts there to watch Radunz as well. He will likely show off lateral quickness and upper body strength.
What Radunz does need to work on is lower body strength, though. It’s one thing to go toe-to-toe with NFL defensive linemen and use your arms to push them off but if one’s base isn’t as strong the linemen will simply push an offensive guard or tackle backwards.
This will be especially apparent at the beginning of Radunz’s career as he is a good run-blocker but needs to work on pass-protection but he should also excel at this as well as he knows how to use his physical strengths against opposing players. If the Seahawks want to make Russell Wilson happy then drafting Dillon Radunz in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft would be a very good thing.