Seahawks select future starter in the trenches with their sixth-round selection

Seattle finds a hidden gem in the sixth round.
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Early on in the off-season, all signs pointed toward the Seattle Seahawks addressing the trenches, on both sides of the ball. Even though the defensive side was the focal point, the early signings in free agency were an indication that the Seahawks felt the offensive line needed an upgrade too. After the departure of Damien Lewis, Seattle signed multiple guards.

On top of that, they used their third-round selection on guard Christian Haynes, from UConn. It is telling that both guard positions will be up for grabs in training camp. Between second-year player Anthony Bradford and free agent acquisitions, Laken Tomlinson and Tremayne Anchrum Jr, both rookies in Haynes and now, Sataoa Laumea, will have an opportunity to etch their name in the mix.

Regardless of whether the rookies start or even see the field in year one, the Seahawks have set themselves up to have the potential to develop one of the youngest offensive lines in the league. The tackle positions are secured by Charles Cross and Abe Lucas, both entering their 3rd season. Between guard and center, the expectation is that the youngsters will eventually take on starting roles and create a cheap and young offensive line.

Grading Seattle Seahawks sixth-round selection, G Sataoa Lauemea

The last day of the draft is when the true stars are found. While it doesn't always work out, I do believe the Seahawks found something with the selection of Sataoa Laumea. He was a four-year starter in college, so he has plenty of reps under his belt and although he played the majority of those snaps at the tackle position, he showed his versatility in his ability to play either guard position.

In Laumea, you get a 6'4", 319-pound athlete with great hands. He can be used as a puller in gap schemes but also has the sheer power to drive defenders backward. Like the early selection of Haynes, Laumea is a violent run-blocker who wants to put his hands on somebody. While being a day 1 starter is unlikely, I love the potential upside of this pick and am confident he will eventually earn his way into one of the starting guard positions.

Grade: B+

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