NFC West rival rumored to be trying to cut line to take Seahawks draft target

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There will likely be a lot of rumors of trades and whispers of trades before and during the 2024 NFL draft. The Seattle Seahawks could very easily be a team that decides to trade back in order to hopefully pick up a second-round choice. Seattle currently holds seven picks in the draft, but five of those are on day three in rounds four through seven. That is far from ideal.

One need Seattle has is along the offensive line. There are potential holes in at least two spots even after Seattle signed free agent guard Laken Tomlinson this offseason. Olu Oluwatimi might be the starting center in Week 1 of 2024 and Anthony Bradford could be the starting right guard, but neither has yet proven they can be a dependable NFL player.

The player most mocked to Seattle in the first round of the 2024 draft is Washington offensive lineman Troy Fautanu. Fautanu is big and athletic and capable of playing multiple spots at a high level along the line. He could probably take Bradford's spot at right guard or even Abe Lucas's spot at right tackle. He would be an A-grade choice for Seattle.

The Seattle Seahawks could lose Troy Fautanu to the Los Angeles Rams

The problem is that other teams set to pick in front of the Seahawks also may want him. Worse, the Los Angeles Rams also are rumored to have an interest, and according to NFL inside Dianna Russini, Los Angeles has been trying to find a way inside the top 10 and that may be to get in the best position to choose Fautanu.

Of course, that would be triply painful for 12s because Fautanu played college in Seattle so Seahawks fans have seen a lot of him, he should clearly be among the top players on Seattle's draft board, and, if Seattle isn't able to take him, the Seahawks would have to face him twice a year. General manager John Schneider could be staring down at Fautanu in a Rams uniform for the next few years while Seattle is still trying to find answers along its offensive line.

Los Angeles seemingly doesn't need a quarterback as starter Matthew Stafford is signed through 2025 and his dead cap is a massive $47 million if the Rams release Stafford next offseason. This would imply the Rams are looking to grab a player at a different position. That player might be Troy Fautanu.

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