ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest mock draft on Wednesday, and he has the Seattle Seahawks landing Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson with the 26th pick.
Tackle is obviously an area of need for the Seahawks. Right tackle Garry Gilliam is a restricted free agent. He lost his job to Bradley Sowell at one point last season but got it back and started the last four games (playoffs included).
At left tackle, George Fant played before he was ready last season. Considering Fant’s basketball background, he certainly has room to grow, but it’d be a mistake to count on him to make the second-year leap without any insurance.
Robinson (6-foot-6, 327 pounds) was a three-year starter (43 games) at left tackle for the Crimson Tide. He decided to forego his senior season after receiving a first-round grade from the draft advisory board.
The Seahawks have seemed to put an emphasis on athletic testing with their offensive linemen over the past few years, so it’s worth keeping an eye on how Robinson performs at the combine.
Overall, McShay is not thrilled with the offensive line talent in the first round. He doesn’t have an offensive lineman going off the board until the 20th pick (Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk).
The Seahawks have invested a lot of draft capital in the offensive line. Since 2010, they have picked 14 offensive linemen, tied for most in the league. And six of those have been in the first round.
The problem is the Seahawks have struggled to fill the tackle void through the draft. They took Justin Britt in the second round in 2014, but he moved to guard in his second season and is now playing center.
They drafted Germain Ifedi to play right tackle last season but moved him to guard, and the plan right now is to keep Ifedi there in 2017.
That means tackle is still a need, and if Robinson lasts to the 26th pick, he’ll be a name to watch.