With pick No. 26 in the 2016 Buffalo Rumblings Community Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks, and general manager Stabby McShank, have selected Jason Spriggs, offensive lineman from Indiana. Here's what he had to say about the pick:
This pick came down to two players the whole time, Jonathan Bullard, DT from Florida or Jason Spriggs. The two biggest holes in Seattle's lineup are at one tech DT and Left Tackle, and conveniently I have my pick of either one I wanted. Both presented good value at this point in the draft and both filled a need. When John Schneider ran this team, the pick probably would have been Bullard. Bullard happens to be a prospect that the Seahawks are enamored with. Now that I run this organization, I go with my personal philosophy of only taking QB, Pass Rusher, OT or game changing play maker with my premium picks. Plus the draft is deep at D-line so I might be able to find my one tech tackle in the second round.
Having lost JR Sweezy and Russell Okung to Free Agency, there are starting positions that need to be filled all over the front five. RT Gary Gillium stepped up and played well last year and is reportedly moving to take the left side job. This pick will allow line coach Tom Cable flexibility to keep Gillium at RT. Spriggs is an average sized Tackle at 6'6 and 305, but in Seattle's zone based running scheme size is not what matters. The Seahawks base most of their big board off of measurables and athleticism. Spriggs' 4.94 second 40 and his 9.7 broad jump led all offensive lineman at the combine. He played in a spread system at IU and is a really good pass protector. Most of the time when people hear spread they assume that he cant run block. Spriggs actually is a good (not great) run blocker.
After the amazing job he did to patch up the o-line last year, I trust Tom Cable will be able to get the most out of Spriggs. The biggest knock is that he needs to get stronger in order to run block better. A couple months in an NFL weight room should be able to add the extra muscle he needs to lock down the left side of the line for 10+ years. I'm sure my star quarterback will be sending me a thank-you note.
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- Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
- Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
- Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
- Cowboys: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
- Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
- Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
- 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
- Vikings: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
- Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
- Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
- Bears: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
- Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
- Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
- Raiders: Vernon Butler, DT, LA Tech
- Rams: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
- Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
- Falcons: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
- Colts: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
- Bills: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
- Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
- Eagles: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
- Texans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
- Redskins: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
- Jets: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
- Steelers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
- Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Dan's top five remaining
- Kenny Clark
- Jaylon Smith
- Robert Nkemdiche
- Laquon Treadwell
- Jonathan Bullard
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