The NFL Draft is drawing ever closer, but the 32 teams are nowhere near finished with their visits. The Seahawks are one such team that has many holes to fill, including replenishing the entire offensive line. Former Beavers offensive lineman Dustin Stanton is a possible option for the Hawks, and he spent Tuesday working out for Seattle’s staff.
Seattle may be known as a juggernaut, especially during the Playoffs, but the one thing that keeps the team from being unbeatable is a very shoddy offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks had the 32nd-ranked offensive line in the NFL with only Justin Britt allowing no sacks or quarterback hits. PFF had some harsh words to say about the unit, especially in regard to their impact on games.
“Nobody has invested less in their offensive line than the Seattle Seahawks, and it showed in their performance over the 2016 season, with the unit being directly responsible for some of the team’s losses.”
Seattle did sign some temporary fixes in Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi in hopes that they would reduce the 42 allowed sacks from 2016, but neither has turned into a proven starter. Joeckel in particular was sent to Injured Reserve twice in his first four years after being selected second overall in the 2013 Draft. When he was healthy, the Jaguars constantly moved Joeckel around the line trying to find his best spot. He ultimately didn’t work out, and the Jaguars let him head to Free Agency.
Depending on Stanton’s workout on Tuesday, he could eventually become a starter for the Seahawks. He has the upside to become a stalwart for years to come and could drastically improve that line. Sure, he would most likely follow the path of Isaac Seumalo and start the season inactive while the established starters and offseason additions sit atop the depth chart, but he wouldn’t have to wait for long.
With little more than one week left until the Draft, teams are wrapping up their visits. However, the former Oregon State players could still make some moves. The Beaver Blitz will keep you updated with the news that happens in the meantime.