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Seahawks draft 2 blockers within 4 picks of fourth round; can play T, G or C; take tall, quick CB Tye Smith in 5th round

The Seahawks have heard you! They took not one but two offensive linemen who could possibly replace departed free agent James Carpenter at left guard this coming season and beyond.

With the 130th-overall pick in the fourth round Seattle got San Diego State offensive lineman Terry Poole, 6 feet 5, 310 pounds. His athleticism is exemplified by the fact he was a basketball player first in high school and was recruited into junior college as both a football and basketball player.

Four picks later Seattle chose West Virginia guard Mark Glowinski, who played tackle for two seasons at a junior college in his native Pennsylvania and practiced at center while at WVU.

With their only pick of the fifth round, 170th overall, Seattle selected cornerback Tye Smith of lower-division Towson University. He's almost 6 feet 1 and weighs 190 pounds, and is known to be quick to passes in flight.

"Man, I'm big-time excited," Poole said this morning on a conference call. "You know, that's a great organization right there. Man! Just excited. I got the whole family excited.

"I've watched (Seattle offensive-line coach) Tommy Cable since he was with the Raiders; I grew up a Raider fan and watched how he coached the Raiders (Cable was Oakland's head coach before coming to the Seahawks). He's a hell of an O-line coach.

"I'm just ready to get peace and just put off the Seahawks, and my city."

"I am going to be versatile-type player: guard, tackle and center. Just play it all...I've been practicing all of it.

"It doesn't matter really (where I play). I'm ready to just get it goin', get a title. It don't matter where at."

The Seahawks have needs at all three positions. Left tackle Russell Okung is entering the final season of a contact that is currently scheduled to cost $7.28 million against Seattle 2015 salary cap. Right tackle Justin Britt, last year's second-round pick, is still developing after an up-and-down rookie season. Left guard James Carpenter left in March as an unrestricted free agent to sign with the New York Jets. And two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger is now in New Orleans as part of the trade in March that brought star tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle.

Poole was a San Diego State teammate of Seahawk Eric Pinkins, a 2014 draft choice who was out all last season with an injury. Poole was speaking from Seaside, California, hometown of former Washington Huskies star and Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Mason Foster.

"He's my boy," Poole said.

He's already ready to block for Marshawn Lynch.

"He a beast, straight up," Poole said.

Glowinski said the Seahawks, whom he visited here at team headquarters in Renton before the draft, have talked to him about playing tackle, guard and center. He has only been at center in practices at WVU.

He turns 23 tomorrow.

"It will be the birthday present of my life," Glowinski said my phone from his home in Moscow, Pennsylvania, population 2,026 in the northeast part of the state near Scranton where he went to Lackawanna Junior College. "I'm excited as hell. No other way to put it."

The Seahawks chose defensive end Frank Clark from Michigan with their initial pick in this ride in the second round and wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett from Kansas State in round three on Friday.

They didn't hide their interest in their newest linemen they chose Saturday with the first of their six picks over the draft's final four rounds; both Poole and Glowinski visited Seahawks headquarters in Renton before the draft, meeting the entire staff including Cable.

Seattle still have selections remaining in round six (209th and 214th) and round seven (248) today.

Here is audio of Poole's talk with us in the media that cover the Seahawks:

Here is audio of Glowinski's conference call:

And here is video of Cable saying he wouldn't have drafted these two if both couldn't play all three interior line positions. He says both are nasty. "We wouldn't take linemen who didn't have that trait"

Smith said at the combine in February: "I want (teams) to know that even though I went to small school I am just as good as anyone here." You can view him speaking at the combine here.

This afternoon, speaking from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, Smith called himself "a late bloomer" whose only college football scholarship offer was from Towson. He said if he didn't sign that he'd probably be home in Raleigh, working for McDonald's or something coming out of high school.

"It's hard to explain," he said of his reaction to the Seahawks' call today. "My (22nd) birthday is tomorrow. So I can't ask for a better birthday present."

Of joining Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in the Seahawks' secondary, Smith said: "It's a blessing. I couldn't ask for better guys to learn from. Just want to come in and soak up what they teach about playing in the NFL."

You can here Smith's conference call here:

Minutes after he got drafted he tweeted this:

Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the combine, which he considered slow. He ran a 4.47 and 4.61 at his Pro Day on the Towson campus in Baltimore after February's combine. His Towson biography page lists veteran NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis as his favorite football player and his favorite book as the Bible.

Smith draft profile page from the league's website: