- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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Whether the Seahawks draft an offensive lineman in the first round or not, they are likely to pick one early in the draft this week, and may pick more than one.
Removing from consideration the O-linemen who are unlikely to reach the end of the first round, here are 10 players I see as good options to place on their draft board -- some early and some later in the draft:
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (6-6, 315): This would be my first choice for Seattle if he gets to the 32nd overall pick, but there's probably a less than 50 percent chance he makes it that far. If he does, keep the pick and take him. He was a four-year starter at Virginia and can play either side on the line. He has long arms and is known for his mean streak on the field.
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA (6-4, 305): He's easily the second-best guard in this draft behind Notre Dame's Zack Martin, who probably won't make it to the end of Round 1. Su'a-Filo is seen by some as a middle second-round pick, but he's worth taking at 32. Or the Seahawks might trade down, hoping he's still there a little later. Su'a-Filo is 23 because he did a Mormon mission, but being older is a good thing. He's a mature and extremely bright young man who has outstanding athletic skills. He played a lot of tackle in college, but is seen as a guard in the NFL because of his explosive push off the ball, which fits perfectly with Seattle's power running game.
Joel Bitonio, G/T, Nevada (6-4, 300): Also seen as a second-round pick, Bitonio is a physical player with great quickness and big hands. He caught everyone's attention last September when he outplayed the Florida State defensive ends, despite Nevada's 62-7 loss.
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama (6-7, 320): A mountain on a man with incredible strength, but he's slow and has some knee issues. And as far as the Seahawks are concerned, Kouandjio could be a victim of circumstances. Seattle might be wary of drafting another Alabama offensive lineman early since guard James Carpenter (a first-round pick from Bama) hasn't lived up to expectations.
Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee (6-6, 310): Generally viewed as an early third-round pick, he's someone the Seahawks could consider at the end of Round 2. Right now, they don't have a third-round pick. James is viewed as one of the most fundamentally sound OTs in this draft and would be good at quickly picking up Seattle's complex zone-blocking schemes.
Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, OT, Tennessee (6-6, 335): Yes, the Vols have two OTs that likely will be drafted in the first three rounds. Richardson makes more mistakes than James, but he's seen as having a higher ceiling and more upside potential in the long run. He's tough as nails and can come up with some impressive pancake blocks, but sometimes struggles with quick edge rushers.
Cyril Richardson, G Baylor (6-5, 330): An absolute steamroller inside who can dominate many defensive tackles. But he strictly relies on his strength and misses assignments at times. He would need a lot of work to learn Seattle zone-blocking schemes.
David Yankey, G, Stanford (6-6, 315): Two months ago, Yankey was seen by many as a first-round pick, but his stock has dropped a little recently. He hasn't run well in workouts and teams are concerned about his ability to pull on outside running plays. But Yankey, an Aussie, is smart, understands blocking angles and stays low at the point of attack.
Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State (6-3, 335): Similar to Richardson in that he's extremely strong and powerful, but can get fooled by defensive line stunts. Man-on-man, Jackson can overpower anyone. But his fundamentals need work.
Marcus Martin, G/C, Southern Cal (6-3, 320): He moved to center last year after two seasons at left guard. Obviously, the Seahawks don't need a center with Max Unger anchoring the line, but they might bring Martin in to play guard. Martin is only 20, so his upside potential is huge, but he needs to get stronger overall. He's viewed as one of the best downfield blockers in this draft.
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