NFL Hot Press: Offensive Line on Radar for Seattle

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The Seahawks are one of the most difficult teams to project picks for in any the NFL draft. Seattle GM John Schneider has a unique way of scouting, and that has turned into some excellent selections, albeit unexpected ones, by the organization. Last year and in 2022, the Seahawks were more traditional, taking expected top-20-caliber players, but in many other years, they made surprise picks. In speaking with team sources, the Seahawks are intrigued with some of the offensive line prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. Those players are Washington’s Troy Fautanu, Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga and Georgia’s Amarius Mims.

The Seahawks drafted offensive tackles in 2022, taking left tackle Charles Cross in the first round and right tackle Abraham Lucas in the third round. However, Seattle could use more help on the interior of the offensive line. Some teams project Fautanu and Fuaga to play guard in the NFL. Seahawks sources say both blockers are worth of going as top-20 picks, in their estimations. Mims could be moved inside as well to start out his career. Any of those three could be a plug-and-play starter for Seattle at guard, or the team could consider moving Lucas inside to guard and having the new draft pick manning right tackle.

For a lot of the leadup to the previous NFL draft, the Seahawks were linked and projected to take Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Sources with Seattle thought Carter was likely to be the pick, but later in the process, the franchise’s braintrust fell in love with Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon. Thus, a lot can change from now until late April, but at the moment, it sounds like the Seahawks have offensive line help as a top consideration for their first-round pick. That is the direction I have them going in my my latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft.