The Seahawks drafted center Ethan Pocic 58th overall out of LSU. He sees himself as a position-less lineman, which is good considering how much he’ll move around the offensive line.
The Seahawks needed a versatile lineman. And they got him in Ethen Pocic.
"One thing I do well is I’m versatile. That’s kind of my best skill. I’m just really here to work, wherever it is… I can play all five in my mind. I kind of consider myself just an O-lineman."
That’s a good attitude to have when entering Tom Cable’s House of Punishment. The man is known for moving players around to multiple positions throughout the year, sometimes inexplicably. As founded or unfounded criticism of the Seahawks assistant head coach is, it’s good to see a relatively high draft pick spent on the offensive line.
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The Seahawks of course spent even more on the o-line in the NFL Draft last year, when they drafted Germain Ifedi. Ifedi was mostly terrible in his first year with Seattle. At any rate, when the Seahawks were most successful, they had maulers like Russell Okung, James Carpenter, and Max Unger. Since their championship season in 2013, Okung, Carpenter, and Unger are long gone.
Trying to project what the Seahawks offensive line will look like Week One in Green Bay is a crapshoot. Cable doesn’t even know. He makes his decisions based on the work he sees in practice, and Pete Carroll is happy to let him.
However, in the case of the massive human that is Pocic–a 6’6″, 317-pound behemoth, Cable seemed to be out of the loop.
Word on the street is that Cable didn’t necessarily have his eye on Pocic the way he did for Ifedi and other linemen of drafts gone by. Judging by Pocic’s penchant for playing all five positions on the line, John Schneider and Pete Carroll seem to have chosen Cable’s dream player anyway.
Pocic loves Brett Favre almost as much as he loves getting to the second level on run plays, even if he’s a step slow getting into position, especially on zone blocking schemes. But, as Schneider pointed out on KJR sports radio, at 6’6″, Pocic has the “height to play right tackle.” With Justin Britt the only useful lineman on the Seahawks offense last year, it makes sense to keep him there, but we’ve been surprised by Cable and company before. Pocic lost leverage because of his height at center at times for the Tigers.
No matter where he plays, Pocic seems to fit the mold of huge humans the Seahawks target for the trenches. Overall, he seems like a polished, NFL-ready lineman willing to fit in anywhere he can. The question is, how will he perform in Training Camp?