The Seahawks drafted offensive lineman Ethan Pocic of LSU in the second round of the NFL Draft Friday.

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The Seahawks took offensive lineman Ethan Pocic of LSU with their second pick of the 2017 draft, No. 58 overall in the second round, addressing a position group regarded as maybe their greatest area of need heading into the off-season.

Pocic listed at 6-6, 310 pounds, was a consensus All-American as a center and a three-year starter for the Tigers but could be a right tackle for the Seahawks — he was identified as a tackle when his selection was announced in Philadelphia by former Seahawk Jacob Green — and Seattle has Justin Britt returning at center and wouldn’t likely invest a second-round pick in a backup at that spot.

Pocic started 27 games at center for the Tigers, but also started one game at right tackle for LSU last season and nine at right guard in 2014 and said he also played left tackle much of one game in relief.

Interestingly, Pocic has drawn some comparisons to Justin Britt, who stands 6-6, 315, and he said in a telephone interview with Seattle media following his selection that he often compared himself to Britt.


Round 2 | Pick 2 | No. 35 overall

DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State

Round 2 | Pick 26 | No. 58 overall

OL Ethan Pocic, LSU

Round 3 | Pick 26 | No. 90 overall

CB Shaquill Griffin, UCF

Round 3 | Pick 31 | No. 95 overall

S Delano Hill, Michigan

Round 3 | Pick 38 | No. 102 overall

DT Nazair Jones, North Carolina

Round 3 | Pick 42 | No. 106 overall

WR Amara Darboh, Michigan

Round 4 | Pick 4 | No. 111 overall

S Tedric Thompson, Colorado

Round 6 | Pick 3 | No. 187 overall

DB Mike Tyson, Cincinnati

Round 6 | Pick 26 | No. 210 overall

OT Justin Senior, Mississippi State

Round 7 | Pick 8 | No. 226 overall

WR David Moore, East Central Oklahoma

Round 7 | Pick 31 | No 249 overall

RB Chris Carson, Oklahoma State

Asked the positions at which he is most comfortable to play, Pocic said he can play anywhere on the line and that he considers himself “an offensive lineman” able to play all five spots. “I’m a versatile guy,” he said.

But right tackle might make some sense as a spot for Pocic to get a look as the Seahawks need some depth there after letting  Garry Gilliam leave via free agency last week.

Pocic was born in Lemont, Ill., and said his father, Gary — a firefighter for 29 years — is his idol. His brother, Graham, played at Illinois and and while never playing in an NFL game has been on several rosters, including the Steelers, Rams and Bears.

He said he considers zone blocking — which is Seattle’s main scheme — “one of my strengths.”

Interestingly, Pocic said he did not meet with Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable during the pre-draft process, nor did he visit the Seahawks, saying he has never been to Seattle.

He also said he has spent the last few weeks working out with Kevin Mawae, who played center for the Seahawks from 1994-97, in Chicago.

“Just doing a lot of O-line drills. Lifting weights and running and being in great shape,” he said. “But mostly working O-line drills with a lot of experiened guys.”

Here is the scouting profile of Pocic from “Flexible, natural athlete with starting experience all along the LSU offensive line. Scouts say Pocic has the intelligence teams look for from a center and is highly regarded by LSU coaches and teammates in the locker room. Pocic is an excellent “work-up” blocker with the ability to thrive in a running game that operates in space, but his lack of power will produce some extremely challenging matchups for him at times.”

And here is the analysis from Pro Football Focus: “Pocic does a lot of things well and his ability to make difficult reach blocks make him a fit in any scheme. He’s sound in pass protection and even dabbled at offensive tackle to add some versatility, though he’ll get a shot to stick at center where he looks like one of the best the draft has to offer.”