Tackle football: Inside Seattle's search for an edge blocker
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Offensive tackle is the focus for the Seahawks' draft preview that will be published in Tuesday's editions of The Seattle Times.
The Seahawks have not drafted someone to play tackle since choosing Ray Willis in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. Steve Vallos played tackle in college at Wake Forest, but was drafted as an interior lineman. He is currently the Seahawks' back-up center.
The last time Seattle chose a tackle in the first round was 2000 when Chris McIntosh was picked out of Wisconsin with the 22nd overall choice. McIntosh's career was shortened by a nerve problem.
Most of the teams in the league have chosen an offensive tackle in the first round at some point in the past nine drafts, but Seattle isn't alone in that regard. A total of 10 teams in the NFL have not drafted a tackle in the first round in that time: Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England, the New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Tennessee and Washington are the others.
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