With the 14th pick, the Seahawks select Zion Johnson (LG) from Boston College University.
This is what I mean, pick based on the best player available. All of the premier tackles have been selected. Neither of the premier cornerbacks are still available. The choice came down to picking a linebacker (Devin Lloyd), a defensive tackle (Devonte Wyatt), or picking Zion Johnson.
The Seahawks are shifting schemes. They need bonafide stars to help propel their run game into being the force that keeps the Seahawks offense chugging along. There is no better guard prospect in this draft than Zion Johnson. It honestly is not close.
He is an athletic freak. He tested in the 98th percentile among offensive linemen since 2000. He has experience in both the power-run scheme (old scheme) and the wide-zone scheme (new scheme). He plays with phenomenal power at the point of attack. He is a people mover with his agility and playing strength.
He is one of the most overlooked prospects in this draft. It may not be an exciting pick many are hoping for. However, it is this type of move that propels a team behind the scenes.
The Seahawks don’t sound sold on Gabe Jackson. Drafting Zion Johnson (a left guard) would allow the Seahawks to move Damien Lewis back to his natural spot (right guard). A position where he had massive success in his rookie year.
The Seahawks don’t have a Superstar quarterback anymore. You could argue that the blocking game is even more important now than it was before. You no longer have a QB to bail you out. The line has to hold fast. They need a sure-fire offensive lineman like Zion Johnson.