A projection for all 16 of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen
The Seahawks added guard Jordan Simmons to the roster on Wednesday, giving Seattle a grand total of 16 offensive linemen. There’s a good chance that the Seahawks use one of their seven draft picks on another o-lineman and/or sign an undrafted free agent.
Suffice to say, it’s a crowded room, and it’s hard to decipher how all 16 fit into the Seahawks plans in 2020. I took at stab at projecting potential roles and best-case scenarios for all of them.
Projected starter: LT Duane Brown
He remains entrenched as Seattle’s starting left tackle, though he’ll be hoping for a healthier campaign in 2020. Brown missed four games in 2019 with bicep and knee injuries. He’ll be 36 by the time Week 1 arrives.
Projected starter: G/C B.J. Finney
It’s hard to imagine Seattle gave Finney $4.5 million guaranteed to sit on the bench. He’s got starting experience at guard and center, and as the roster stands right now, he’s the leader in the clubhouse to start at left guard. That said, the competition at left guard should be one of Seattle’s best training camp position battles.
Projected starter: C Justin Britt
Britt remains a candidate to be cut as Seattle would save $8.5 million by doing so. However, until that happens, Britt remains the Seahawks unquestioned starting center. He’s coming off of a torn ACL, but he should be ready in time for Week 1.
Projected starter: RG D.J. Fluker
Pete Carroll will tell you that Fluker will have to earn his job again in 2020, but it’s hard to imagine anyone taking his spot at right guard.
Projected starter: RT Brandon Shell
Shell is Seattle’s replacement for Germain Ifedi having signed a two-year deal with the Seahawks.
Competing for starting jobs: G Jordan Simmons
Simmons missed all of 2019 with a knee injury, but he showed promise in his three starts in 2018. He might factor into the competition at left guard if he can remain healthy through camp.
Competing for starting jobs: G/T Jamarco Jones
Jones got starts at guard and tackle in 2019 but was far more impressive as an interior offensive lineman. He should be a candidate to start at left guard. His odds of starting would increase if Britt was cut and Finney moved to center.
Competing for starting jobs: G Chance Warmack
Warmack took a year away from football in 2019 to get his body right. The former Titans 2013 first-round pick could be a dark horse to start at left guard and could potentially push Fluker at right guard. He’s made 51 career starts, mostly on the right side.
Competing for starting jobs: G Phil Haynes
Seattle’s 2019 fourth-round pick spent most of his rookie season on PUP. He should be another name vying for the left guard job.
In the mix: C Joey Hunt
Hunt’s chances to start hinge solely on Britt being released. Should that happen, he’d likely compete with Finney to start at center. Hunt showed he can be a serviceable option in his eight starts in 2019.
In the mix: T Cedric Ogbuehi
Ogbuehi is a leading candidate to be Seattle’s swing tackle and fill the “George Fant role” of also serving as an extra offensive lineman in heavy packages. Hopefully he wears No. 74 so fans can still hear the familiar, “No. 74 is reporting eligible.” His roster spot isn’t guaranteed should he flop in camp or Seattle brings in a rookie to fill that role.
In the mix: G/C Ethan Pocic
A neck injury limited Pocic to just four games last season. It’s now or never for Seattle’s 2017 second-round pick. He’s got to show he can stay healthy, then he can worry about where he fits best on the roster.
Roster longshots: G Demetrius Knox
Knox spent 2019 on IR with a quad injury. It’s hard to figure out he fits into things with so many guards on the roster.
Roster longshots: G Jordan Roos
Roos was juggled between the practice squad and active roster last year. He’ll have to beat out many others in order to win a roster spot.
Roster longshots: T Chad Wheeler
Wheeler was promoted from the practice squad in last year’s playoffs and nearly started at left tackle against the Packers had Brown not made a miraculous recovery from knee surgery.
Roster longshots: G/C Kyle Fuller
Like Roos and Knox, Fuller is on the outside looking in and will have a lot of work to do just to get on the roster bubble.