By John Boyle
In 2010, the Seahawks used the No. 6 pick on an offensive lineman (Russell Okung), and in 2011 their first two picks, James Carpenter and John Moffitt, were O-linemen. Now, for the second straight year, Seattle has waited until the final round of the draft to add to its line, taking Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour.
Seymour, who went to Vandy as a defensive lineman, then switched to offense as a freshman, has played all over the line for the Commodores, versatility that certainly made him attractive to the Seahawks as a late-round pickup.
On a conference call, Seymour said he is comfortable playing anywhere on the line, though he admitted he doesn’t project as an NFL left tackle.
With their second pick in the seventh-round (231), the Seahawks took Ty Powell, an outside linebacker/defensive end from Powell, a Division-II school in Arkansas.
I’m not going to pretend to know anything about a D-II linebacker, but here’s what NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang said when naming Powell one of his “Diamonds in the rough”:
Ty Powell, Harding, 6-2, 249, 4.60 …Having played defensive end, linebacker and safety for Harding, scouts knew Powell was versatile and he certainly appeared to be quite athletic. He demonstrated just how athletic at the combine, when he ranked among the most explosive in his position group in the vertical jump (37”) and three-cone drill (6.98-seconds). The athleticism shows up on tape, as Harding has an explosive burst off the snap, as well as impressive change of direction. These traits helped him rack up 12 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks and block a school-record four kicks in 2012. Powell could hear his name called as early as the late third round. No Harding player has been selected in the draft since the Denver Broncos selected defensive back Bruce Baldwin in the fifth round 30 years ago.