Ryan Jensen, center
Seattle seems to have no clue anymore about what a good center is or how to get one. They have whiffed on players like Creed Humphrey in the NFL draft. In 2021, Seattle took receiver D’Wayne Eskridge in the second round of this year’s draft a few slots ahead of the Chiefs taking Humphrey even though Seattle needed a center worse than it needed a third option at receiver. Humphrey is currently the highest-graded center in the NFL, per PFF.
Ever since Max Unger was traded for Jimmy Graham in 2015, the position has not been good. Ryan Jensen would fix this immediately. Jensen is not only a punishing blocker who more than holds his own in space but he is extremely durable. He hasn’t missed a game since 2016.
Jensen also isn’t just a “system” center for his current team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has the athletic ability and intelligence to fit into nearly any system. While he is 30 years old and plays a position that gets hit on every down, he should still have at least three high-level seasons in front of him.
Jensen would also bring a tenacity to the offensive line that seems to be missing. He doesn’t just want to block a defender, he wants to destroy the player. Seattle needs more of this attitude. He might cost $10 million or more to lure him away from a very good Tampa Bay team, but at this point, Seattle needs to spend a lot more on a position that has been a problem since 2015.