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NFL draft preview: OL to consider

Whether or not the Seattle Seahawks get the offensive tackle they covet in the first round depends on what happens before them in this year’s NFL draft, but with two picks in the first round, at No. 6 and No. 14, Seattle has a good chance to upgrade a porous offensive line that struggled to protect Matt Hasselbeck last season.

The Seahawks have drafted just one offensive tackle in the first round since taking cornerstone offensive tackle Walter Jones No. 6 overall in the 1997 draft. That selection was Wisconsin product Chris McIntosh in 2000 (No. 22 overall), whose career was cut short after three seasons due to a nerve injury.

Seattle did select offensive guard Steve Hutchinson with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2001 draft, but we all know how that turned out, don’t we?

If offensive tackles Russell Okung and Trent Williams go in the top five picks, Seattle may pass on an offensive tackle at No. 6, figuring they would get better value by selecting Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga or Anthony Davis of Rutgers at No. 14.

My story today discusses the possibility of the Seahawks going after Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati if one of the top tackles is not available with the team’s pick at No. 6.

I also talked to WSU product Kenny Alfred, who could be a late-round possibility for Seattle at center.

Rob Rang’s offensive lineman to consider Round Pick Name 1 (6) Russell Okung, 6-5, 307, Oklahoma State Rob's rationale: Draft’s best pass blocker (1 sack allowed in 336 passes in 2009) likely to be a Seahawk if available at No. 6. Highlights. 1 (14) Bryan Bulaga, 6-6, 314, Iowa Rob’s rationale: Lacks the athleticism Seattle is looking for in the top 10, but will hold too much value if they looked elsewhere at No. 6. Highlights. 2 (60) Jon Asamoah, 6-4, 305, Illinois Rob's rationale: Idaho’s Iupati gets all of the attention, but Asamoah is the other top-notch OG prospect. Highlights. 4 (104, 127) Selvish Capers, 6-5, 308, West Virginia Rob's rationale: Former tight end still growing into the position. Speed and agility makes him among the best downfield blockers in this class. Highlights. 5 (133,139) Zane Beadles, 6-5, 310, Utah Rob's rationale: Four-year starting left tackle that some feel may be best suited moving inside to left guard. Combine workout. 6 (176) Shelley Smith, 6-3, 300, Colorado State Rob's rationale: Agile and experienced (31 starts at guard), Smith could be a late round find capable of developing into a future starter in a zone-blocking scheme. 7 (245) Kenny Alfred, 6-2, 290, Washington State Rob's rationale: The Gig Harbor High graduate is tough and experienced, but too small for most schemes. His smarts and agility make him a possible fit at center in Gibbs’ zone-blocking scheme, however.