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Seahawks 30 under 30: Don’t try to catch Germain Ifedi off-guard

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The Seattle Seahawks have a very good roster, but what's especially nice and hopeful about their team is that the vast majority of current Seahawks are young and signed through 2017, at least. This series leading up to the regular season opener on September 11 will take a closer look at 30 such players, all of whom won't be turning 30 this year.

Player: Germain Ifedi, OT/OG

Age: 22

How acquired: First round pick (31st overall) in 2016 NFL Draft

Free agent: 2021 (if option picked up)

In counting down the top 30 Seahawks under 30, Ifedi represents the first player in the upper half of this list. I guess you could say this is now the top 15 players on the team who are under 30, and I think if your 15th-best player under 30 is your current first round rookie that’s pretty good. And of course, as I’ve posted the list over the last two weeks, things have certainly changed. Players who didn’t make the list in the beginning would surely be pushing their way onto it by now.

But Ifedi is still looking like a good bet to be Seattle’s marquee player from the 2016 rookie class.

Over the summer, Ifedi went from being drafted as a tackle to being converted to a guard and now with a solid training camp suddenly raising eyebrows wondering if he should go back to being a tackle. But in this current era of football, in this division, is there actually more value in putting your best players on the outside than it is on the inside? After all, who were the teams that tortured the Seahawks the most in 2015?

Rams - Aaron Donald

Panthers - Kawann Short

Bengals - Geno Atkins

The addition of free agent Jahri Evans suggests that there could be some movement on the offensive line, and maybe after Evans gets back into game-speed he will win a job on the line, but one thing seems certain: No matter where he plays, Ifedi will be a starting offensive lineman for the Seahawks this year and he very well may be the best of the group. In a couple of years, he could even be one of the best in the league.

Here’s Ifedi talking about why he won’t back down to anyone at training camp: