Top-rated offensive linemen in 2015 draft, per CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com
(With the reminder the Seahawks need at least a new starting C and LG):
- Andrus Peat, T, Stanford: Won’t be available when Seattle first picks at 63rd overall
- Brandon Scherff, T/G, Iowa: Versatile, powerful – and also unavailable to Seahawks
- La’el Collins, T/G, LSU: Varying opinions on whether he’ll last past 1st round
- J. Clemmings, T, Pitt: Converted DE, 1 year at OT. Recent injury concerns.
- Cameron Erving, T, FSU: A DT to All-American OT in 2 yrs. Athletic. Some see as an NFL center. Probably way gone by No. 63
- Ereck Flowers, T, Miami: Some think he’s not quick enough to repel NFL ends
- Ty Sambrailo, T, Colorado St.: Has Sweezy-like nasty streak Seahawks love on O-line
- Jake Fisher, T, Oregon: May also be available late in 2nd round
- Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon: Would SEA take on a rookie C to start in 2015? If so…
- Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn: Compact body like current Seahawks C Patrick Lewis
- Donovan Smith, T/G, Penn St.: PSU roomie of Seahawk Garry Gilliam. Could he play C?
"Sure, I think I'd be lying to you if I told you any different."
That was Seahawks general manager John Schneider last week when asked if adding to the offensive line is a larger priority this offseason.
In today's News Tribune I outline a scenario in which Seattle could get its potential new starting guard and its center with its first two picks in the draft Friday: Penn State's Donovan Smith and Oregon's Hroniss Grasu could be available in rounds two or three, especially given this is considered a weak draft class for centers and the position historically isn't taken high even in deep years. In there I quote draft expert Rob Rang saying Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo is the Seahawks' kind of lineman.
And I don't even bring up Ali Marpet, the lineman from Division III Hobart College who got attention at February's combine. He was impressive off the field, too, when I talked to him in Indianapolis. He's convinced there's a place for him in the middle to late rounds and on an NFL roster. Could it be Seattle's?
The Seahawks have other needs, too, of course: Wide receiver, defensive line and defensive back chief among them. So we'll see.
The draft schedule:
80th National Football League Selection Meeting
Auditorium Theater, Roosevelt University, Chicago
Round 1 Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Rounds 2 and 3 Friday, starting at 4 p.m.
Rounds 4 through 7 Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
Seahawks have 11 picks:
2nd round (63rd overall)
3rd round (95th overall)
4th round (112th overall)
4th round (130th overall)
4th round (134th overall)
5th round (167th overall)
5th round (170th overall);
6th round (181st overall);
6th round (209th overall);
6th round (214th overall);
7th round (248th overall).