Seahawks select Germain Ifedi with No. 31 pick in 2016 NFL draft
The Seattle Seahawks select Texas A&M OT Germain Ifedi with the No. 31 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
The Seahawks have had all sorts of issues with their offensive line over the last few seasons, so it's at least good that they're addressing it in the first round for the first time since they took Russell Okung in 2010. However, Ifedi is a bit of a tweener at this point—very strong in his run sets, but a work in progress as a pass protector. Perhaps the idea is to move him inside, or see how he'll work at right tackle, but this doesn't do much for the worst position group in the NFL.
Strengths: Pure mauler at right tackle, who maintains tremendous root-and-plant strength even out of a two-point stance. Long arms and a wide base—when he gets his hands in his opponent’s chest and his feet on the ground, he’s really hard to move. Very agile for his size on pulls, and impressive overall agility for a man his size. Nasty mentality as a run-blocker—when his technique is on, he’ll pinch inside and devour high-rated ends and tackles. Will use his momentum on the move to take defenders out of the play; Ifedi has a high number of cockroach blocks where he’ll just put guys on their backs. Nascent ability to react and respond to twists and game at the line. Some anti-spread teams will give a systemic black mark, but he’s a pure power guy who goes beyond the stereotypes of the modern finesse college tackle.
Weaknesses: Ifedi has a ton of technique issues that will likely keep him out of the first round, despite his stature and athleticism. Doesn’t have a developed kick-step to mirror edge-rushers; he’s more inclined to sink back and use his size to keep defenders at bay. Will lunge at times when playing outside the phone booth, which has some believing he’d be a better guard. Tends to guess and whiff at the second level, since he doesn’t have consistent accuracy with blocking targets in space. He’s best winning one-on-one matchups. Tends to lose structure against rushers who can flare out to either side. More practiced NFL edge-rushers may eat him up with pure quickness and technique for a while. Not a second-move reactor; was occasionally beaten by rushers who were just quicker out of the gate. Will lose his clutch on defenders as he pushes them downfield.