It’s widely expected that the Seattle Seahawks will have one of the NFL’s weakest offensive lines this season. The Seahawks themselves don’t much care about this fact because they have Tom Cable to coach up the guys that are on that line, but it’s true.
When your left tackle is a guy with 12 starts in four years who has bounced around special teams units and practice squads (Bradley Sowell), your right tackle is best known for catching a pass on a fake field goal and getting destroyed by Robert Quinn in his first start as a right tackle (Garry Gilliam), your center is a former failed tackle (Justin Britt), and your guards are a 2015 fourth-rounder with one career start (Mark Glowinski) and a rookie transitioning from tackle to guard (Germain Ifedi), it’s not exactly the best situation to be in.
That situation got even worse on Thursday, when news broke that Ifedi, Seattle’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, suffered a high-ankle sprain in Wednesday’s practice and will be out for a few weeks.
#Seahawks 1st-round pick OL Germain Ifedi suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice yesterday, source said. It knocks him out a few weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2016
Ifedi’s injury likely elevates Rees Odhiambo into the starting lineup, if we go strictly by the Seahawks’ official depth chart. He was Seattle’s third-round pick this season out of Boise State, where he was named all-conference in each of the last two seasons but never appeared in more than nine games due to injury issues.
Dane Brugler had this to say of Odhiambo in his pre-draft scouting report for CBSSports.com:
The team willing to roll the dice on Odhiambo could find a middle- or even late-round winner. He possesses the athletic build of a tackle and may be able to remain outside for a zone blocking scheme because of his agility. He lacks ideal length, however, which could make him more of a swing player capable of moving inside or out based on the needs of his team.
He projects best inside to guard but hasn’t yet shown the grit and durability to handle the move inside, making Odhiambo a bit of a project.
Seattle now needs that project to show very quick results for at least the first few weeks of the season, unless it goes out and signs somebody to fill Ifedi’s role.
Of course, this all just puts even more pressure on Russell Wilson to escape pressure behind his patchwork offensive line. Wilson has shown the ability to make something out of nothing throughout his NFL career, but it would be nice for the Seahawks if he didn’t always have to.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / The Seahawks’ offensive line issues just got worse with loss of first-round pick