Seahawks draft: 4 best fits for Seattle on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL draft
By Lee Vowell
Great fit No. 4: Seahawks should take guard Steve Avila
The Seahawks need interior offensive linemen and interior defensive linemen. If the season were to start today, Seattle's offensive line might be LT Charles cross, LG Damien Lewis, C Evan Brown, RG Phil Haynes, and RT Abe Lucas. That's not a bad group but could be upgraded at center and right guard, most likely.
Let's assume Seattle takes a center in the 2023 draft and that player starts soon into 2023. If Seattle takes Avila in the second round, Avila should be expected to start really early into his career as well. This would potentially mean that Seattle has two second-year guys, one fourth-year player, and at least one rookie along its offensive line. The early part of that group might not be perfect as the unit would be so young, but by 2024 it could be one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.
Steve Avila is already big enough to play in the NFL. He is 6'3 1/2" and 330 pounds. Yet, even at that size, Avila is fairly athletic and had a vertical jump of 29.5". He also did 28 reps on the bench press. Avila is big, fairly fast for a guard, and strong.
The only reason Avila isn't a first-rounder is that he is a pure guard. Most NFL teams want tackles and tackles protect quarterbacks from edge rushers. Interior offensive linemen are needed more in run blocking and stopping defensive tackles from getting to QBs. But if Seattle takes Avila, he is going to mash defensive linemen and open holes for Kenneth Walker III while also keeping Geno Smith clean.