Seattle Seahawks- OG Cody Whitehair (Kansas State)
The Seahawks offense is going to look different in 2016 with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch and expected increased role from Thomas Rawls at running back. It is now officially Russell Wilson’s offense and he will be relied upon even more to make plays with his arm and legs. The Seahawks offensive line has changed drastically in recent years with Russell Okung, JR Sweezy, and Max Unger all gone from the Super Bowl team. Russell Wilson was sacked 46 times last season which was tied for 6th most in the NFL. He can bring sacks on himself by trying to constantly extend plays, but the offensive line had a large role in that sack total as well. The current starter at right guard is Mark Glowinski who was selected in last year’s draft and hardly saw any action in 2015. Cody Whitehair from Kansas State was a four year starter in college and is widely viewed as one of the safer selections in the 2016 class. Whitehair played various line spots during his time with Bill Snyder and his versatility is certainly to his benefit. Many teams believe Whitehair will plug in right away at either guard spot and play effectively. Whitehair is praised for his work ethic and tireless commitment to getting better by scouts. He has smooth footwork and powerful hands which help him at either tackle or guard where he is projected to play. Scouts point out his arm length is shorter than desired for an interior line spot which can allow rushers to attack his frame. Whitehair is powerful, but may lack the mass to be effective as possible right away in the run game which Seattle emphasizes. I think this would be a very smart pick for Seattle which also fills an immediate need for the Super Bowl contender. Judging by the lack of depth up front, he should be able to compete for the left or right guard spot right away.