hawknation2015 wrote:Other than Britt and 6th Rounder Garrett Scott, who never suited up due to a heart condition, the Seahawks did NOT draft a single offensive lineman above the 7th Round from 2012-2014, including zero in the 2012 and 2013 draft classes. Britt remains the only lineman we have drafted above the 4th Round in the last four years (2012-2015).
If we had devoted any real draft capital to the position group in 2012 or 2013, then we would be working with more third and fourth year linemen. But instead of working with experienced draftees, we are now forced to develop undrafted free agents into major contributors: Garry Gilliam, Drew Nowak, and Alvin Bailey. That is an extremely difficult thing to do.
The benefits I have already discussed, because it meant using that draft capital on other position groups and using those cap savings on re-signing our most elite players, instead of chasing free agent linemen.
That said, I do wish we had drafted a couple more linemen in the first three rounds since 2012. The 2013 and 2014 draft classes did not turn out that great anyway, and elite linemen prospects like Joel Bitonio were available. They could have taken Bitionio instead of Paul Richardson or Larry Warford instead of Christine Michael.
What I said is our Olines prior to this year was built with high draft picks and decent FAs.It was a priority with the FO.I agree with everyone that the reason this line is so bad is because its built with poor players with little or no experience.
They chased glamour players like Harvin and Graham at the expense of the Oline.Probably two of the most overated positions in football IMO are high priced WRs and finesse TEs.
But it sounds like people accept it or use it as an excuse for building a poor line.Building the Oline this way was the mistake.That's my point.I'm not sure how anyone can argue its the smart way to go about it.I think its part of Cables ego.
Every year we should be drafting Olineman.You replace part of the line every year.Its something every team does at some point.
There were very few people here who wanted Bitonio in the 1st that year.