Germain Ifedi injury highlights jinxed Seahawks

September 8th, 2016 | Written by Rob Staton

To suggest the Seahawks are snakebitten when it comes to first picks in the draft would be underselling the situation.

They’ve had miserable luck every year bar one since Pete Carroll and John Schneider arrived in Seattle:

2010 — Russell Okung
Missed six games in his rookie season with high-ankle sprains on both ankles

2011 — James Carpenter
Started nine games in his rookie season before suffering an ACL injury

2013 — Percy Harvin
Had a slight labrum tear in his hip while training during the offseason, missed most of his first season in Seattle

2014 — Paul Richardson
Tore his ACL vs the Panthers (playoffs) in his rookie season

2015 — Jimmy Graham
Tore his right patellar tendon last November

2016 — Germain Ifedi
Suffered a high ankle sprain days before the season opener vs Miami

Since 2010, only Bruce Irvin has avoided a serious injury in his rookie year after becoming Seattle’s first pick in the draft (via trade or selection). Earl Thomas was their second pick in 2010. Everyone else, without fail, has suffered.

It’s a major blow that Ifedi is the latest victim. Seattle’s interior O-line was flirting with becoming a major team strength in 2016. That could still happen (especially if this latest injury isn’t too serious) — but Ifedi’s combination of size and explosion won’t be easy to replace.

The loss of one guard is unlikely to hijack the start of the season. Even if the O-line struggles, they’re capable of winning anyway. Remember the Rams game in 2013? With Paul McQuistan at left tackle and rookie Michael Bowie at right tackle? The Seahawks won that one despite an absolute thrashing in the trenches.

Losing Ifedi won’t create a similar problem. But they can ill afford any more losses on the O-line.

98 Responses to “Germain Ifedi injury highlights jinxed Seahawks”

  1. East Side Stevie says:

    Which of these injuries hurt us the worst at the time and how will Ifedi injury affect the rest of his season meaning will this bother him and hinder him all season long or can he recover pretty quick

  2. Nathan says:


    Won’t have their first rounder playing this week, and that’s the ones I could think of without even checking.

    Wonder how many will actually play.

    Is Shaq Lawson out oo?

    • CharlieTheUnicorn says:

      A high ankle sprain is not an ACL tear or worse….. so the severity of the injury is minimal compared to some of the others listed. Is it disappointing he won’t be there week #1 and likely week #2… but if he is available the rest of the season, it will even out. (This comment is more to Rob than Nathan).

  3. C-Dog says:

    While this high ankle sprain was a major punch in the gut to start the season, I agree that the greater concern is loosing another starter or two on the line for a stretch. Hopefully, they hang in there and play well without the Hulk.

  4. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    Can Webb play competent at RG is the major question….. I think he might be good enough for week #1 and by week #2, it shouldn’t be that bad…… but the damn Rams catching a break.

    • C-Dog says:

      I think he started 13 games at RG for Oakland last year. I think the scouting report on him is that he is a better tackle than guard, although I think/hope they can get by with him for a bit, if Glow and Britt bring their A games.

  5. Steele says:

    Very bad news. High ankle sprains are no joke, especially for big dudes who need to plant and leverage. This could be a nagging problem, and I hate to see it. I am not thrilled with the depth of the unit. All we can do is hope.

  6. Stuart says:

    Bad news for sure.

    On the bright side, this will help our depth mature faster. In Webbs case not mature but get valuable playing time in our system

  7. Jarhead says:

    Oof. I have never been a fan of Ifedi, but he at least looked competent so far. Hopefully Webb can patch in with some effectiveness, because Odhiambo looked utterly clueless and he may get Russell killed between Suh and Donald. I am seriously fearful for Russell AND the running backs if Odhiambo has to be put in there. Brrrrrrr… Terrifying

    • Scraps says:

      “At least looked competent”? Grudging!

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Hey Scraps how do you put a picture in your profile on here. I usually can figure that stuff out? Do you have to put the picture in the “Website” space? Thanks

  8. Aaron says:

    CB Tye Smith To Practice Squad, Cut DE Tylor Harris.

  9. Volume12 says:

    O-lineman and QBs usually come back sooner than any other position due to less cutting and not very explosive movements.

  10. Coleslaw says:

    So, Does anyone know if Lynch returns is he due his same contract? If he does come back that would mean we either get a cheap Beast Mode (yeah right) or trade him (definitely at least a first rounder)

    • Sea Mode says:

      “I’m retired,” Lynch said. “Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”

  11. vrtkolman says:

    This is pretty interesting, but Denver’s defense post Superbowl looks a lot like our defense post Superbowl. Losing Malik Jackson appears to be very similar to us losing Clint McDonald. They have ZERO interior pass rush and it’s limiting Von Miller. Tight ends are killing them. Sound familiar?

  12. Volume12 says:

    I gotta say, Okung looks pretty damn good.

    ‘Don’t know what ya got til it’s gone.’

    And as a sidenote, let these guys play! NFL is becoming hot garbage with all their rules.

    • vrtkolman says:

      Yes he does, however he’ll be playing injured by week 4. Of course I said that about Unger last year too…

    • Scraps says:

      Let these guys play? I hope you are not referring to Denver’s repeated head-to-head.

    • Ukhawk says:

      Agreed, watch a bit of him in preseason. He’s great when fit. Made the pro bowl and still very capable. I think Denver got a bit of a bargain whether or not he works out. Wonder if the Seahawks would not have taken the same deal had he offered to stay on those terms.

    • The Hawk is Howling says:

      Right on Vol bustin out a Cinderella reference! Reminds me of loosing my lil kitty when this song was on the radio back in the day. Okung why did you have to go and leave us? Answer Money

  13. vrtkolman says:

    4th and 21, sorry but you can’t call that. That is BS.

    • Jarhead says:

      They didn’t really mention on the replay that it was crystal clear that both guys had each other’s facemasks. That was an absolute garbage call in that scenario in that part of the game.

    • Volume12 says:


      How many damn flags were there in the final 2 minutes? Referees are supposed to officiate, not decide the outcome of games.

      Why aren’t they coming from the college ranks? Makes no sense.

      • cha says:

        What’s frustrating to me is the NFL had the offseason to brush up and clarify the rules so we avoid some serious variation in enforcing the rules already on the books.

        And what happens in the opening game of the season? Player gets flagged for the silliest half-second of an infraction on 4th and 21.

        And then alternatively, the Broncos were pretty clearly incentivized to try to turn Cam’s brain into pudding by the lack of calls, as if the only way to stop the guy would be to knock him woozy.

  14. DC says:

    Boy, that’s about as exciting as it gets for an opener. Thank you once again Denver. Pretty impressive play by their offense. I like that fullback among others.

    • Volume12 says:

      Yup. The FB is smart. Carolina has this stay in their base defense, and as I mentioned awhile back, Carolina is the best in the league, last year anyways, at transitioning into their nickel and hybrid packages.

      Gary Kubiak is becoming one of my favorite HC’s. Brilliant, but simple offensive mind.

      • Trevor says:

        Vol agree completely about Kubiak. His system works regardless of weather and can make do with average talent. His play calling is simple but really effective. As an offensive play caller he may not have the glitz of a Sean Payton but is every bit as good.

  15. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    Well, Carolina crapped the bed. Had EVERY advantage possible…. and lost.

  16. vrtkolman says:

    Russell is going to have a field day with Carolina’s defense this season. They got no pass rush against a very bad line, and their secondary was as bad as advertised.

    Carolina’s offense is still very good, and made an excellent Denver D look pretty mortal. I really think the key to their success if Jonathan Stewart. He routinely turns 2 yard losses into 4 yard gains somehow. If he goes down, Cam will be throwing on 2nd and 3rd and long and that is a recipe for disaster with him.

  17. Trevor says:

    Russell Okung looked great in Kubiaks system. That was the most movement I have seen from him in the run game in years as he regularly got to the 2nd level. He was also sound in pass pro. The big if is whether or not he can stay healthy as always.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Still can’t believe he took that terrible deal though. From the highlights I saw he looked very motivated (getting into the 2nd level, as you mention, Trevor). He needs to prove it this year for them to exercise the team option for the next four years or whatever, which is when he would actually get paid like a starting LT.

      Even if he plays well and by miracle stays more or less healthy, I don’t think the Broncos will keep him on that contract at the end of the year given his age and injury history. Basically, Elway just got a year of service from him on the cheap, and he will be a year older entering the free agent market next year.

  18. Shadow says:

    “Remember the Rams game in 2013? With Paul McQuistan at left tackle and rookie Michael Bowie at right tackle?”

    If memory serves, that was also one of the games when Max Unger was hurt, so we also had Lemuel Jeanpierre starting at center.

  19. LordSnow says:

    Glad Carolina lost. The hits to Cam’s head were inexcusable. It feels like vomit in my mouth defending him though. What a punk. Constantly jawing at the defense, flossing his teeth. Pushing TJ Ward for stirring up the home crowd (as if Cam NEVER does that with his superman antics when he’s at home).

    Really glad…really really glad our qb is Russell Wilson.

    • Phil says:

      Agree completely. I don’t know what Cam is like off the field — maybe he’s a great role model to kids for what he does the other 6 days of the week — but on game days, he’s an egotistical punk who spends his time off the field flossing his teeth when he should be encouraging his team mates or working with his OC to get ready for his next series.

      • Volume12 says:

        Would you root for Can if he was Seattle’s QB or just no way he’ll would root for him?

        No smark. Legit question.

        • LordSnow says:

          I wouldn’t root for him as a person. As a player for my team, I would. Then again, I even rooted as a player for Milton Bradley to help the M’s win, and I rooted for Percy Harvin when he was here.

          However, rooting for both those players left a bad taste in my mouth. Cam would leave a bad taste in my mouth. And honestly, I was a bit down on Baldwin after the egg laying at the sb, but he changed his behavior (or the perception of it) and I’m fully on his bandwagon. Sherman was a bit spotty to me his first couple seasons, but he’s adjusted his on and off field behavior and seems to me a model player who will (fairly or not) be remembered for the first two years. But Cam is the same. I see no difference, no maturity. I see a punk diva. However, I totally get why carolina fans love him and the blows to the head were out of line and needed to be called.

          As a contrast, I would never root for a Greg Hardy, Aaron Hernandez, a Warren Sapp (now that we know he is just a rotten human being), or any of that ilk whether they were a seahawk or not.

        • C-Dog says:

          I would root for him, but I would wince and be occasionally annoyed by his antics. I those antics might catch up with him this year, and the hits he took in this game are going to be coming all season long. You already know the Seattle defenders will probably be bringing some extra mustard, I think it’s going to be league wide with any team he faces.

          • C-Dog says:

            And to be honest, the “we want the ball and we are going to score” moment is a historic example of what I don’t want my Seahawks quarterback to do. I’ll take the scripted plain Jane antics of our current QB seven days a week and twice on Sundays every time.

        • Xavier says:

          I think I would have a difficult time rooting for Cam. But I don’t know if the personality is all him or just a performance. I had no problem rooting for Sherman earlier, that all felt genuine. At the same time, Wilson is a cool cat, but also incredibly weird. This is a little off, but I can’t stand Will Ferrell’s characters. I have no idea what he’s like off camera, but the grown-up child thing he plays doesn’t sit well.

          On the field, I wonder if Cam’s antics fluster the other team.. Or from the network perspective – continue to drive up discussions and viewership. If he draws attention and ad revenue to the league, isn’t he doing exactly what he’s being paid to do?

        • Phil says:

          V12 -if he was the Seahawks QB, I would continue to root for the team, but not for him. For example, there is a similarly named player (Kam) on the Seahawks and I don’t root for him the way I used to. When the individual’s personal interests become more important than his interests in the team, he drops in my esteem.

        • nichansen01 says:

          I personally like Newton’s persona. Quite a character.

          What I don’t like about Cam is that he is super good and doesn’t play for the Seahawks. 🙂

      • BigSmooth13 says:

        What’s so wrong with flossing his teeth?

        • sdcoug says:

          Why would anyone conceivably have dental floss on the field? Did cam stick it in the little back pocket of his football pants? He clearly planned the moment. My buddy calls him a peacock,and he’s not wrong. Everything he does is “look at me”

        • LordSnow says:

          There’s a time and a place for just about anything, but knowing when/what that is is part of the process of being a mature human being.

          He is not a mature human being.

        • cha says:

          Speaking strictly as someone who daily eats oranges, peaches, apples, etc, I keep floss in my office desk, and both my upstairs bathroom and downstairs bathroom at home. Life kind of stops when you’ve got something lodged in your teeth.

          As for where floss came from, the training staff probably has everything you can conceivably need or think of on the sideline. The Seahawks staff had Skittles in their kit.

          • Volume12 says:

            All good answers. I can’t argue that.

            I’m a fan of his, but I absolutely understand why he turns people off and rubd others the wrong way. Man that sounds like a sex pun doesn’t it?

            Maybe not to a certain degree, but the NFL needs characters like him. They already want these guys to walk around like robots and not show any emotion. Pretty soon it’s gonna be boring like baseball in that regard.

            Yeah, they shoulda called a couple of those hits as targeting. But, one particular play he dropped his head. And as such a giant of a QB, when he takes off and has dudes bouncing off him, it blurs the lines. He’s not attempting to get down.

            • C-Dog says:

              I am a big fan of his skill set, but I want to say I have a weird double standard when it comes qbs and other players. I feel like I want brash from defenders and receivers, linemen, running back, pretty much every position outside of QB. Maybe it’s the old high school DL in me, but I have a natural dislike for most qbs and kinda feel their best tact is to stay humble and even keel.

            • cha says:

              “Maybe not to a certain degree, but the NFL needs characters like him.”

              Harbaugh’s in college football, Chip Kelly’s shine has worn off, Peyton and Papa John got married and the Patriots have been debated and hated to death.

              Somebody’s got to step in and fill the void LOL.

        • Phil says:

          “What’s so wrong with flossing his teeth?”

          He could have used the time to encourage his teammates or meet with his coaches to see what he could do to get the Panther offense going again. Watch RW on the sidelines — his head is always in the game even when the defense is on the field.

  20. Phil says:

    Regarding Ifedi’s injury, every NFL team is going to face injuries this year. It happens so often that it has become clichéd to talk about. But, watching Kelvin Benjamin play last night and thinking about how well Carolina played last year without him just emphasized to me that while the injuries are an important matter, it is how the team and the management of the team react to the injuries that matters most. With so many rookies on this year’s Seahawks roster, it is important for PC to use the situation to illustrate the “next man up” philosophy and for the veterans to reassure the rookies that injuries are just a fact of life that goes with playing in the NFL. Taking my clichéd remarks a step further, we should all think about Richard Sherman and how his career got jump-started by his having to step in for an injured team mate. A little adversity isn’t a bad thing for a young team to face — particularly early in the season.

  21. Ukhawk says:

    What I think is interesting is how many of the drafted rookies were injured over the course of the preseason. The Hawks 1st, 2nd, and 2 3rds to name a few. I wonder what causes that; adjustment to the NFL, specifically Hawks training regime, or what??

    Conversely it is amazing how infrequently the vets get injured and their ability to play week-in week-out. Again is that team specific??

    • Phil says:

      I think that part of becoming an NFL vet is learning to play while injured. Could it be that young players quickly realize that if they are seen as injury prone, then maybe they are less apt to become vets? Maybe that sore hammy they had their rookie year that caused them to miss a few games doesn’t hurt quite so bad in a contract year …. ? Quite literally, maybe it’s “survival of the fittest”, where the injury prone guys get selected against and consequently the vets that remain are the guys who either don’t get hurt or don’t let minor injuries affect their play or their careers.

      • Tim says:

        The problem with high ankle sprains is, this type is damage to some of the ligaments that hold bones together above the foot. Start stomping on that thing, and you end up getting bones spreading out and more ligament damage.

        This is all different from those ‘twisted / rolled his ankle’ type sprains. Depending on severity, you can see a guy play on it (at risk of worse injury, but play) or come back in one to three weeks.

        A high ankle sprain is NOT a minor injury that you can play through.

        It depends on severity, but I’ll be a bit surprised if he plays before week 5 or 6.

  22. smitty1547 says:

    Anyone else concerned about what the hawks have planned for Sundays protest? Having spent 4 years here at Ft Lewis I have my own opinions, which I’m sure know one wants to hear about. However I do a lot of traveling and even catch a hawk game every now and then on the road, I would just a soon not become the the most hated team in the league over this BS. Much rather be hated for putting together a Dynasty for a few more years, that I can deal with.

    • J says:

      I don’t care what they do.

      Just win the game.

    • J says:

      As far as the other fans go, who gives a care.

    • C-Dog says:

      I’m no overly concerned because they have been fairly coy about what they will do. Baldwin has tweeted about honoring the flag, Wagner mentioned team unity, and taking a stand. To swipe from the Shakespeare a bit, I think this might be a much ado about nothing in the end. Maybe it’s taking a knee but with hands on hearts?

  23. James says:

    If anyone of them has something to say, or to protest, let them give a speech, write a book, run for office, get a permit and March around Westlake. There are a million issues that could be.protested in this country, and I will tune in if interested to

    • James says:

      ….listen, but there is a time and place, and this is not it.

      • Xavier says:

        This subject is not directly relevant to the teams’ game-play or draft, but the players’ protest brings these conversations to places like the draft blog – which is their intention. So I think they disagree with you, and for good reason.
        The point of protest is to bring to national attention issues that have systematically been dismissed. As athletes have done in the past in national and international arenas (Cassisus Clay aka Muhammed Ali in the Vietnam ‘Conflict’, Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics with the Black Power Salute – also the year MLK was assassinated, and as the civil rights movement was still struggling to apply the promises made in the Civil Rights Act.
        The Seahawks players’ use of their position and influence to demand that people have more conversations about topics that are important to them is a decision that impacts not only their personal lives off the field but also their professions.
        If you believe that the Seahawks are wrong in protesting issues that has seen repeated abuse of human beings who look like them, you may need to check your privilege. These men who play for our amusement think you need to reconsider these issues, but; are you not entertained?

      • Xavier says:

        This subject is not directly relevant to the teams’ game-play or draft, but the players’ protest brings these conversations to places like the draft blog – which is their intention. So I think they disagree with you, and for good reason.

        The point of protest is to bring to national attention issues that have systematically been dismissed. As athletes have done in the past in national and international arenas (Cassisus Clay aka Muhammed Ali in the Vietnam ‘Conflict’, Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics with the Black Power Salute – also the year MLK was assassinated, and as the civil rights movement was still struggling to apply the promises made in the Civil Rights Act.

        The Seahawks players’ use of their position and influence to demand that people have more conversations about topics that are important to them is a decision that impacts not only their personal lives off the field but also their professions.

        If you believe that the Seahawks are wrong in protesting issues that has seen repeated abuse of human beings who look like them, you may need to check your privilege. These men who play for our amusement think you need to reconsider these issues, but; are you not entertained?

      • Kenny Sloth says:

        I agree and the season opener on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 is not the time or place.

        It just comes off as disrespectful, trendy, and thoughtless.

        I’m sure they need to make a stand and should do so together as a team.
        It sounds like the Seahawks are in the mindset of taking back this league.

        They want publicity

        • LordSnow says:

          I don’t understand the “end game.” When Jeremy Lane said “until things change”….what does that mean?

          • Volume12 says:

            I think he means until black men aren’t stereotyped?

            Until police stop abusing their power and try to de-escalate the situation?

            When did they their motto become, ‘shoot 1st, ask questions last?’

            • Phil says:

              I hear ya V12, but let’s not stereotype either cops OR black men. Not all cops abuse their powers or “shoot first”.

              I can understand a player who realizes that as an NFL player, he has access to a “bully pulpit” where he can draw attention to issues in our society. But, the NFL is in essence entertainment and when actions on the sidelines interfere with fans’ enjoyment of the game, the NFL and the players are going to suffer. I’m hoping that the Seahawks players can show their audience race doesn’t matter on the field or in the clubhouse. Maybe by their example, our whole society can benefit.

              • Volume12 says:

                No, your right not all cops do.

                Look, it’s a discussion that needs to be had. It’s been going on for decades with no solution. And hopefully these guys can help change that as you said.

                Do I agree with Lane and Kap sitting? Yes and no. I wouldn’t, but they do have a right to express themselves as individuals. I’ll forever agree with that.

      • smitty1547 says:

        I agree James unlike some I do care when I’m traveling with my hawk hat and other gear what are city and team is perceived as. I won’t even begin to discuss what the military part of me thinks, who also has many prior service buddies who are hard at work in there communities in Law enforcement.

  24. Volume12 says:

    Rob, guys, the whole SDB community. Thank you. You gives have given me an outlet, allowed to me rant, and post a thousand times a day.

    More importantly, you guys have a been a great distraction and provided me with stimulated conversation about my most passionate hobby through a very difficult time in my life.

    Today might have been the worst day in my life.

    I lost my mom early this morning to bone cancer. ?

    Prayers up for Ms. Jill Marie a diehard Hawks fan and lover of the NFL draft herself.

    Love u Ma! ?

    • C-Dog says:

      My thoughts and prayers go with you, Man. I lost both of my parents, and know all about that process. Your time with her was invaluable for both of you. I believe the best thing we can do as a species is to be there and care for those we love, and you did that. Bravo, and go Hawks.

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that Vol. Much love and respect to you and your family.

      We love having you around to rant!

      Take care, and hopefully get some rest while you remember all that made her a great person

    • LordSnow says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. Take care. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • DC says:

      So sorry to hear V. We are here for you.

    • Ukhawk says:

      So sorry to hear the news V12. Lost my mum too so I hear you. Sounds like she was a great lady; be sure to celebrate her life and appreciate the good times you had.

    • The Hawk is Howling says:

      Volume 12 my thoughts and well wishes are with you my Man. I’m so very sorry that you had to go through all that you have. May your Mother be at peace, for there is a new Star in th sky tonight.

      Love you Vol

    • sdcoug says:

      Sincerest thoughts and condolences to you and your family. I have no words

    • Tim says:

      That’s so sad to hear. I feel for you.

      Rant away.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I’m very sorry to read about this sad news, V12. As a valued member of this fantastic community my thoughts are with you and your family today. I hope the Seahawks win one for Ms. Jill Marie on Sunday.

      Take care.

    • Nathan says:

      Sorry to hear that V12.

      I always enjoy your contributions(and answers to my silly questions) on here.

  25. Volume12 says:

    Arkansas @ TCU tommorow boys. Keep an eye on that game.

    My guy, Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise, Jr., TE Jeremy Sprinkle, DL Jeremiah Ledbetter,WR Drew Morgan, WR Keon Hatcher, WR Dominique Reed, OT Dan Skipper, OL Frank Ragnow, CB Jared Collins, CB DJ Dean, RB/FB Kody Walker.

    TCU has got EDGE Josh Caraway, C-Dog’s guy, LB James McFarland, WR/OW KaVontae Turpin, DT Aaron Curry, S Denzel Thompson (stud), and two good looking OT’s in Aviante Collins and OT Joseph Notebloom, RB Derrick Green.

    Best OW in the country IMO is Ohio St’s Curtis Samuel. But I digress.

    • C-Dog says:

      Yeah, I’m not going to be able to watch the game, but Carraway is a very interesting edge/lb prospec to me. Wise Jr, Sprinkle, Skipper are pretty interesting to. Would love to see how Skipper plays and if his massive frame looks like something that. Might pair up next to Ifedi. Given Arkansas’s power run game, he and Sprinkle might be guys to take a look at.

      • Volume12 says:

        Funny you say that about Skipper. Great minds think alike huh? ?

        I wanna see how he plays leverage wise and if he can up and under DEs pads. Can he sink his bubble/backside low enough? How is his foot speed to handle an edge player like Carraway and McFarland is pretty good at rushing too.

        Skipper is one of the most unique prospects in the whole country.

        We know TC likes his O-lineman a certain height, but Sowell, Webb, Giacomini, and Gallery are all guys that are massive and could play the way and style he likes.

        And this years OT class is defined by the freakish size for me. Is it coincidental when you think about that and then factor in the size of Sowell and Webb as possible hedges or auditions!

        • C-Dog says:

          Absolutely! 6-9 330lbs is massive. If he can demonstrate any decent leverage with that kinda frame, that’s a win for him as a prospect. Given that McDermott from UCLA and the USC tackles throughly abused last week, he’s a guy to definitely watch.

          Johan Pirsig of Minn is another one of these big kids to look at.

  26. Volume12 says:

    I’m re-watching last weeks Auburn @ Clemson game. Wow!

    Auburn’s O-lineman explode off the snap and into the backfield.

    Auburn DT Montravius Adams has one of the quickest first steps outta any DT I’ve seen so far. He hasn’t lived up to the hype stat sheet wise, but man he’s got some exciting traits and does things that don’t show up in the box score.

    Auburn DT/DL Devaroe Lawrence is disruptive. Big, versatile, and his power is outstanding. Underrated guy.

    And then, Auburn EDGE Carl Lawson. What a freak show. Keep an eye on him. Injuries don’t scare Seattle off. He might have the best technique other than Myles Garrett. He’s explosive, can bend the edge, and he dominates the best OT’s in CFB year in and year out. Tough and a nice physicality to his game. He’s a throwback SAM with really good, possibly great athleticism.

    Lawson is a team leader and his character is through the roof. Dude has battled his whole college career. Early-mid 2nd round talent for me.

    • Volume12 says:

      Lawson plays a bit high and likes to hand-fight or wrestle a little too much. But, damn he’s got great body proportion.

      Love the way he just forces his will on OT’s chest plates. I like this cat.

  27. Volume12 says:

    Looks like it might be Hunt at C and Britt at RG. Seattle doesn’t really give a damn about the depth chart.

    I get it. Britt has more of Ifedi’s mentality to go against Suh.

    • cha says:

      Interesting. I wonder if there is scouting that indicates a smaller, more tactician minded center does well vs C.

      And by does well, I mean isn’t totally dominated.

    • C-Dog says:

      If so, I kinda really like this. Word on Webb is that he is a better tackle than guard. I thought Hunt looked really good at center, folks labor his size, but the dude is phone booth strong and is solid in pass pro. Britt transitioned beatifully to center, but I’ve heard it said that his off season growth would have been noticed at guard, as well, according to coaches. If Glow, Hunt, and Britt are your best inside guys, go with that.

    • nichansen01 says:

      If the coaches think this is best… Personally I am terrified of seeing Britt playing guard again, especially against one of the leagues premier defensive tackles. Starting a rookie at center is terrifying in and of itself, it doesn’t help that Hunt is only 6’0.

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Yeah? Man we’re the Seahawks and we Kick Ass. Seriously a team is multiple players and Britt is a bad ass.

        Yeah he’s struggled a bit the past couple years but you have to remember why they drafted him. Confidence goes a long way especially in the NFL!

        You guys!

        We should start a football team!

        We can play against the dreaded “Steeler’s Blogers” and would kick some Arse!

        How say you?

    • RealRhino2 says:

      If they want Hunt at C, wonder why they wouldn’t put Glow at RG (where he played last year) and Britt at LG (where he played last year). If Britt’s improvement translates, you’d think it’d be even better to have him play where he spent the whole year.

      I have a doomed sort of feeling, where Russ starts bailing early to escape pressure (first real, then imagined) and we struggle to run the ball.

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Great point RealRhino 2! It’s most likely because Glowinsky has been playing Left Guard the whole pre-season.
        Britt will suffice at Right Guard and I actually want Hunt to be our Center moving Germain Ifidi to Right Tackle.