Given the steady play of guards Damien Lewis and Gabe Jackson a year ago, as well as the reuniting of offensive line coach Andy Dickerson with his former pupil, Austin Blythe, at center, the Seahawks are not expected to invest an early selection on this group in the 2022 NFL draft. There are, however, a trio of burly interior blockers talented enough to warrant consideration in the first two rounds and the depth is good throughout Days Two and Three should the Seahawks be looking to develop a future starter.
1. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa, Center, 6-2, 296, 4.85 (est.), First Round
A pinball in the pivot, Linderbaum is a unique athlete at center, deservedly winning the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top snapper as a junior before giving up his remaining eligibility to enter the draft. He’s shockingly quick off the ball, taking direct angles to secondary assignments and beating them with positioning and tenacity. Linderbaum is not the most intimidating center, offering below-average size but his athleticism and technique would make him an intriguing fit in the zone-blocking scheme Seattle is expected to feature with new offensive line coach Andy Dickerson in 2022.
2. Kenyon Green, Texas A&M, Guard, 6-4, 323, 5.24, First Round
A classic mauler, Green uses his size and strength to overwhelm opponents at the point of attack. He starred at guard but was asked to play outside at tackle, at times, in 2021 due to injuries and inconsistency from teammates and was not as effective. Green has plenty of lateral agility and balance for handling pass protection back inside, however.
3. Zion Johnson, Boston College, Center/Guard, 6-3, 312, 5.18, First/Second Round
Johnson began his college career at tiny Davidson but bet on himself transferring into the ACC and emerging as one of the better and more versatile offensive linemen in the conference and a possible first round NFL draft pick. Johnson has a short stubby frame perfectly suited to winning the leverage battles at the line of scrimmage with a punch Mike Tyson would admire. A two-time team captain who scouts raved about at the Senior Bowl, Johnson is viewed as a plug and play candidate who should cement an interior for a decade.
4. Sean Rhyan, UCLA, Guard, 6-5, 321, First/Second Round
Rhyan starred at left tackle for Chip Kelly’s Bruins but his relatively short arms (32 ¼”) and average foot quickness make him a move inside to guard likely. He is well-built to handle this transition, however, playing with the physicality necessary for playing inside and possessing some of the biggest, strongest hands (11 1/8″) of this year’s class. Seattle appears well stocked at guard but Rhyan’s experience at tackle could make him a sneaky “swing” candidate.
5. Cam Jurgens, Nebraska, Center, 6-3, 303, 4.92 Second/Third Round
A three-year starter who signed with the Nebraska as the crown jewel of their 2018 recruiting class, Jurgens overcame the recent struggles in Lincoln to steadily climb up draft boards this season, standing out in Mobile and Indianapolis, alike. The barrel-chested Jurgens is much quicker than his frame suggests, dancing off the line of scrimmage to the second level and on screens and showing good pop to latch on and sustain blocks.
One of the most recognized names in the industry, Rob Rang has been covering the NFL Draft for more than 20 years, with work at FOX, Sports Illustrated, CBSSports.com, USA Today, Yahoo, NFL.com and NFLDraftScout.com, among others. Rang’s opinions and evaluations of him are his own and do not reflect those of the Seahawks.