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Seahawks Post-Offseason Depth Chart Review: Tackles

Rolling the dice to an extent, Seattle parted ways with two quality veteran tackles in favor of an all-out youth movement looking towards the future, with two incoming rookies potentially set to start right off the bat.

As part of a transformational offseason in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks overhauled their offensive line, embarking on a youth movement at tackle by moving on from veterans Duane Brown and Brandon Shell and using a pair of early draft picks on Mississippi State's Charles Cross and Washington State's Abraham Lucas.

With training camp now only a few weeks away, Seattle lacks seasoning at the position, with only second-year lineman Jake Curhan offering more than five games of NFL experience. Away from Curhan, Cross and Lucas haven't even played in a preseason game yet, while former sixth-round pick Stone Forsythe has less than 15 regular snaps to his credit.

Still, even considering how youthful the group is, the Seahawks have plenty of reasons to be excited about the long-term potential of their tackles. Both Cross and Lucas were among the premier pass blockers in college football a year ago, while Curhan held up well starting nearly half a dozen games as a rookie and Forsythe continues to intrigue going into his second season.

Offensive line coach Andy Dickerson, who received a promotion after Seattle parted ways with Mike Solari in February, isn't naming any starters at this point. But he's clearly excited to see how things play out on the practice field starting later this month.

“We’ll see when training camp comes out, who's the most consistent, who's getting the job done," Dickerson said. "We're looking for guys who are smart, tough, and reliable, and we have all those guys in the building. It's just going to be when the competition comes and we get through the training camp and the preseason games, who's the person, who are those five that we think are going to make the best offensive line. Not just the right tackle, but who are those guys who've earned those jobs?”

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In the midst of their annual six-week moratorium between organized team activities and training camp, how does the Seahawks tackle group look? Diving into the depth chart, here's an updated look at the projected starters, a sleeper to watch, a potential wild card to keep an eye on, and a player squarely on the roster bubble.

Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Charles Cross (56) participates in an OTA workout at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Seattle Seahawks' Jake Curhan on the line of scrimmage as the ball is snapped to quarterback Sean Mannion against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Seattle. The Broncos won 30-3.
Seattle Seahawks tackle Greg Eiland (75, left) and offensive tackle Charles Cross (67, right) participate in a drill during minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Field.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Eiland spent the entire 2021 campaign on Seattle's practice squad while learning from veterans Duane Brown and Brandon Shell. Built more like a power forward in the NBA than an NFL tackle, the towering 6-foot-8 Eiland started more than 30 games in the SEC at Mississippi State, seeing action at both tackle spots as well as guard. While he lacks the athletic traits of Cross, Lucas, and Forsythe, he boasts incredible length and if he has sharpened up his technique - particularly footwork that has been problematic - he may be able to play his way into consideration for a swing tackle spot in August.

Seahawks Post-Offseason Depth Chart Reviews

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