Pete Carroll said the Seahawks see Hunt, a two-time captain at TCU who at one time started 35 straight games, as a center.
RENTON — Yes, TCU center Joey Hunt is a bit undersized at 6 feet 1 and 299 pounds. But that’s never bothered the Seahawks much before at center (starting center Patrick Lewis is listed at 6-1, 311 pounds).
Seahawks in 2016 draft
Round 1, Pick 31
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M | Bio
Round 2, Pick 49
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama | Bio
Round 3, Pick 90
RB C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame | Bio
Round 3, Pick 94
TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State | Bio
Round 3, Pick 97
OL Rees Odhiambo, Boise State | Bio
Round 5, Pick 147
DT Quinton Jefferson, Maryland | Bio
Round 5, Pick 171
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas | Bio
Round 6, Pick 215
C Joey Hunt, TCU | Bio
Round 7, Pick 243
WR Kenny Lawler, Cal | Bio
Round 7, Pick 247
RB Zac Brooks, Clemson | Bio
Hunt was a player both offensive-line coach Tom Cable and director of college scouting Matthew Berry both liked very much.
“Once Tom spent time with him and Matt came back, I don’t know if Pete and I would have been able to leave the building if we didn’t come away with Joey,” Schneider said.
Carroll said the Seahawks see Hunt, a two-time captain at TCU who at one time started 35 straight games, as a center.
“What’s really special about Joey is that he’s in such command,” Carroll said. “He really sees the line of scrimmage and can make all the calls. So we know we’re bringing in a guy who can captain the offensive line if he’s able to take that spot over. That’s a really big plus.”
Pro Football Focus wrote before the draft that Hunt was one of the best pass protectors available.
“For an undersized guy, you don’t see him get knocked around a ton,” Schneider said.