The surprises keep coming, as the Seattle Seahawks ended up swinging a deal with Ryan Pace after all and traded up to draft Florida tackle Stone Forsythe with the 208th pick in the draft. As you can see, Stone is an imposing player on the field, practically jumping out of the film at a towering 6’9”. But how does he look in action?
Stone Forsythe | OT | #72— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) March 28, 2021
+ Long, massive frame
+ Good movement out of stance, gets depth on set
+ Massive reach w/ power at the end of punch
+ Outside hand is firm
+ Doesn't chase the perfect frame -> pushes rushers up the arc
+ Strong core to halt rushers pic.twitter.com/OtohyiEKvZ
@LanceZierlein brought up LT Stone Forsythe (72) in last week's pod and for good reason.— Owen Riese (@RieseDraft) March 23, 2021
6'9" dudes don't move like this very often. You can see here how composed he is in his set - it's quick game but he's never threatened by Ojulari - one of the top rushers in this class. pic.twitter.com/O2ItnWj1H0
One guy I’ve really come to like as a developmental OL draft prospect is Florida LT Stone Forsythe.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) March 28, 2021
He’s a 6-foot-9, 312-pound machine who plays with great body control and athleticism, as well as raw power at the point of attack. pic.twitter.com/nyFdGYQ2S2
Leading up to the draft, Forsythe was predicted to go as high as the 3rd round. Apparently, the Seahawks had seen him slide far enough and decided to make a move. As we have seen in the past, Carroll and Schneider haven’t been afraid to make bold moves for players with a ton of upside and unique physical traits. Forsythe definitely fits this bill.
He has a powerful anchor and knows how to use his massive frame to his advantage. In spite of his size, he is more of a pass blocking technician than a rumbling run blocker, which should help to ease some concerns over the Seahawks’ efforts to address the pass pro during the offseason. The Draft Network projects that Stone will be best suited for a developmental role in a pass heavy offense. He has experience playing on both sides, and should have time to sit behind one of the league’s best in Duane Brown while he acclimates to the NFL.
Stone Forsythe will be their final selection in the 2021 NFL draft. Go ‘Hawks!