The Seattle Seahawks must have a long-term idea of how to address the offensive line because both tackle spots are still open. Rasheed Walker could fix that. Seattle might be thinking that too as they reportedly have a meeting scheduled with Walker before the 2022 NFL draft.
Penn State’s Walker is built a bit differently for a tackle. He is 6’6″ and 325 pounds but instead of being nimble like many left tackles are, Walker relies more on his overall strength, especially if he can get in front of a defender. He is certainly strong enough to play tackle but in the NFL that might mean on the right side and not on the left.
And that is OK for the Seahawks concerns. If the season were to start tomorrow Seattle’s offensive line would be a mess on the outsides. Left tackle Duane Brown is still a free agent and Seattle doesn’t have anyone to really replace him. Right tackle Brandon Shell is also a free agent but with his injury history is unlikely to return. Jake Curhan would be the presumed starter.
Seahawks could take Rasheed Walker in round three and make him a right tackle
At Penn State, Walker was a starter at left tackle for three years and played against some very good edge rushers in the Big 10. He has enough college experience at a high level where he likely could compete for the right tackle starting spot in 2022.
But Walker is going to have some issues that must be fixed or NFL defensive players will take great advantage. Walker struggles blocking against inside technique and athletic players (of which there are many in the NFL, obviously) are going to be able to get around Walker easily at first.
Walker also has a good punch on initial blocks but sometimes leans too much into trying to be physical and gets off balance.
His technique will be better coached in the NFL, but Walker might simply lack enough natural athleticism to ever be a left tackle. In fact, he could end up being a guard and the Seahawks don’t currently need a guard.
Still, Walker has elite size and strength. And while his technique does need work, an NFL offensive line coach should be able to teach him well enough to make him into a starter, especially in a zone-blocking scheme which is exactly what Seattle runs.