Steals of the draft are often found in the backend of Day 2 and onward. The Seattle Seahawks just used their 72nd pick on OT Abraham Lucas – who might be one of the hidden gems in this class.
This is the 4th pick for Seattle, following Charles Cross, Boye Mafe and Kenneth Walker III in what has been an impressive draft thus far. They solidify their offensive line with a tackle who has experience playing both sides.
You have to figure after drafting Cross, Lucas will be in play for the right side. Although he is a 3rd round pick, he will have the potential to earn the starting job. Really nice pick for the Seahawks in an effort to build their offensive line.
Seahawks take LT Abraham Lucas with the 72nd pick in the NFL Draft
Abraham Lucas finished the 2021 season as the highest graded pass-blocking tackle in the Pac-12. You can see the emphasis Seattle has put on pass blocking after selecting Lucas and Cross. With Damien Lewis and Gabe Jackson on the interior, Seattle is off to a good start in fixing their trenches.
Also, similar to Charles Cross, Lucas has background as a high school hooper. The importance of this offensive line cannot be overstated with no Russell Wilson on this roster. I think the Seahawks have shocked most (including myself) by selecting two tackles within their first four picks.
While he will have to work on his run-blocking game, he is young enough to learn on the job. In my opinion, the valued importance of taking offensive line this early can lead or signal towards a trade for Baker Mayfield on day three. Although I was surprised they passed on LB Nakobe Dean, I am pleased with the selection of Lucas.
Abraham Lucas, Charles Cross and Damien Lewis is a nice core to build around for the future of this young offense. On a side note, it was awesome to see Shaquem Griffin be acquainted with the Seattle Seahawks once again in announcing the selection of Abraham Lucas.