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NFL Draft Results: Seahawks select OL Ryan Seymour in the 7th


The Seahawks have selected offensive lineman Ryan Seymour with the first of their four seventh round picks. Seymour, 6'4, 300, with 35 career starts with of Vanderbilt, is a swing OL that has seen time at LT, LG, and C in his college career and has intriguing physical measureables. He weighed in at 6'4, 301 at his pro day and ran the 40 in 5.09 with a 1.69 10-yard split, the three cone in 7.53 and the short shuttle in 4.59. Those are all very good numbers for a lineman, but his 30 reps on bench is the stat that catches my eye - he's obviously an athletic and strong big man and for a developmental, depth type of prospect, that's a good place to start.

Seymour has average length arms (33.5") and hands (10 1/4"), but makes up for it with his speed/strength. He said, in a conference call with reporters, that he ran zone blocking about 60% of the time while at Vanderbilt, so he's used to the scheme the Hawks run.

I did not scout Seymour (look I'm not perfect ok?), but the venerable Derek Stephens is on the case, and noted, on Twitter: "Already into a Vandy game, watching Seymour. Could be a pick for RT and guard depth. Played G and LT at Vandy. Moves well. Fluid. ...flexible, bender, wide base, anchors well. Arms always extended, punches with some pop. Could be a good find."

Here's a few things that ESPN's scouting report had to say.

Run Blocking

"Quick enough to reach front side three-technique and cut off backside one-technique in zone scheme. Above average pad level and flashes decent initial pop but below average power base and doesn't generate much push in phone booth. Can give ground and lose balance when doesn't stay low. Turns defenders more than he drives him. Hands can slide outside and gets caught hugging defenders. Leans and falls off too many blocks. Gets to the second level quickly and flashes the ability to adjust to moving targets. Above average range. However, plays too high in space and gets stood up by linebackers. Overaggressive and angles can be cleaner."


"Flashes mean streak and buries defenders when catches them off balance. Gets pushed around at times but doesn't let a negative play snowball and doesn't back down. Can get under defenders' skin with late contact but not a relentless four-quarter mauler than wears defenders down over the course of a game. Gets caught watching the ball instead of looking for defenders to hit at second level."