Seahawks traded Round 1 Pick 26 to Denver Broncos for Round 1 Pick 31 and Round 3 Pick 94
Germain Ifedi – OT/OG – Texas A&M
Round 1 Pick 31
10 3/4″ Hand Size
Germain Ifedi is a very large human being who is capable of moving that immense amount of bulk very quickly, which is why he is now a Seattle Seahawk. This is a Tom Cable special, and possibly the best lump of clay we have given our well regarded Offensive Line Coach to mold in his tenure with the Seahawks. Aside from those light, quick feet he also has that other magical term that always gets the Seattle Front Office salivating – Position Flexibility. When charting out players prior to the Draft, I had been focused on Jason Spriggs. However, when it comes to big and athletic it is clear that Ifedi fits the mold that the team is looking for.
Starting with just the physical attributes, you already know you have a lot to work with. He is wide bodied and tall, with the long arms and bulk you look for in an NFL Tackle. He’s what scouts refer to as a Dancing Bear – he is very light on his feet and has great lateral quickness for a man of his size. He anchors very well in pass protection, too big and strong to bullrush and too quick and wide to speed through. One thing both John Schneider and the coaches mentioned was the fact that he is an attacking player with a nasty streak you like to see on the line. He is aggressive as a pass blocker who tries to overpower and control defenders. He’s a mauler in the run game too, overpowering his man and moving quick enough to make blocks at the second level. On the downside, his technique isn’t very good. At Texas A&M he could rely on being the bigger and stronger man, but in the NFL he needs to work on improving how he uses his physical gifts. He tends to lunge and moves with choppy feet instead of a smooth kickslide. Scouts talked about him having issues bending, though Cable said after he worked him out that wasn’t an issue to him. He also can get overly aggressive at times, which means some false starts and some grabs and holds.
As for his college career, Ifedi was a 3 year starter who logged a total of 37 games started on the line. He was a Freshman All American at Right Guard to start his career, and although they tried him at Left Tackle for a while he finished his career and played most of his last 2 seasons at Right Tackle. In 2015 he was 2nd Team All-SEC at Right Tackle. He was part of an up-tempo spread style offense under Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, so he has some habits that won’t fit in with what Seattle does. However, experience on the inside and outside is certainly an asset. He’s the latest in a line of 1st Round Offensive Tackles that includes Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel. The fact that he played in the SEC means that he went against some elite competition and he stands out on film when you watch, which is always something you want in a 1st Round pick.
The first thing to say is that Germain Ifedi seems like a genuinely wonderful person, which is always nice to have in a home town player to root for. Also, he’s certainly a talent upgrade for Seattle, offering a set of physical skills unmatched by anyone on the roster. In a lot of way he reminds me of Russell Okung coming out of college, a really raw but very physically gifted Tackle. Unlike Okung, there is the added bonus of not having a serious injury history. I also always felt Okung’s mauling run blocking style made him a functional Left Tackle and he would be a great Right Tackle, so from the sound of it we’ll get to test that out with Ifedi. No matter where he ends up, he is a guaranteed upgrade over what the Seahawks have been putting out at both RT and RG (Pete already said Ifedi would end up on the right side this year) and that is something this team desperately needed.