Seahawks offensive line
Saying something positive about the Seahawks offensive line seems like juggling dynamite in the current climate of antagonism toward this group. But the fact really does say differently to the common conception. The Seahawks offensive line ranks 11th in my list, the top ten are:
- New England
- San Francisco
- Tampa Bay
- New Orleans
- LA Rams
But as I say, I feel like I need to explain myself, so here goes.
- Rookie guard Damien Lewis has a stellar first year, culmination in making the PFWA all-rookie team. He is a star in the making, if not already.
- Gabe Jackson was the best possible replacement for Mike Iuapti at the other guard position, and will certainly make Russell Wilson feel much more secure.
- Even at the age of 35 veteran Duane Brown remains one of the best left tackles in the NFL.
- Brandon Shell provides a solid and dependable partner at tackle for Brown, the pair rank ninth in the NFL as a pair of starting tackles.
- Ethan Pocic is not the starter the Seahawks need at center, but is playing to his ability, so we should not keep posting the finger at a guy who is actually performing to or above his ability.
- The Seahawks have the option of using their second or fourth round pick on a Center, in the second round they could get the 3rd or 4th Center off the board. Waiting until the fourth round would probably get them the 6th one off the board in what looks like a pretty good crop of centers in this draft.
So I whilst I would accept that there is need to upgrade at Center and also for greater depth across the offensive line, this group is actually a good group. The question is whether good is good enough in this tough division that features three of the best front sevens in the NFL, one being the Seahawks, the other being the 49ers (5th best) and Rams (6th best).
Adding the center could also solve the red zone ground game production issue.
It would certainly turn this offensive line into a top ten unit.