With the 26th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks Select : Jason Spriggs - OT - Indiana
6'6 - 301LbsPlayer Overview
A former tight end, Spriggs was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Hoosiers and showed steady development each season, filling out his frame and holding his own against the Big Ten's top rushers like Joey Bosa and Shilique Calhoun.
He was named second team All-Big Ten in 2015 by the coaches and media and one of six semifinalists for the Outland Trophy. Spriggs was charged with only two sacks allowed in 431 called pass attempts and had 72 knockdowns in 972 snaps.
In 10 starts in 2014, he allowed just two sacks and was a consistent force in the run game, helping Tevin Coleman rush for over 2,000 yards. Spriggs did not redshirt and missed only one game for the Hoosiers because of injury.STRENGTHS
: At 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, Spriggs has the size and well-distributed musculature NFL scouts are looking for, as well as impressive initial quickness, lateral agility and balance. The length and athleticism combination makes Spriggs well-suited to pass protecting in Indiana's up-tempo spread offense and in run blocking at the second level.
Steady run and pass blocker. Has enough set-up quickness and lateral mobility to beat rushers around the corner, showing smooth body control and natural athleticism in space. Has the temperament needed to match up vs. fierce pass rushers. Rather than maul defenders at the point of attack, Spriggs relies on his quickness and agility.
He showed the quickness and balance at Senior Bowl practices that scouts have appreciated about his game in the past, while also flashing some nastiness, looking to pancake opponents when he could.WEAKNESSES
: Tackles from collegiate spread offenses have struggled acclimating to the physicality of the NFL and this remains a concern for Spriggs, who struggles at times to sustain blocks due to average upper body strength and pad level. He needs to improve the timing and force of his punch in order to better control defenders.COMPARES TO
: Nate Solder, New England Patriots: Balanced in pass protection and quick to the second level as a run blocker, Spriggs should be able to remain at left tackle in the NFL and perhaps emerge as a standout there just as Solder -- also a former tight end -- has for the Patriots.
IN OUR VIEW: Scouts looking for tackles to play in a zone blocking scheme will certainly want to check out Spriggs, a former tight end who has maintained his athleticism while getting bigger and stronger to start the past four years at left tackle for the Hoosiers.
Quick and agile, Spriggs is very effective blocking on the move and has the length and balance to mirror in pass protection. He's not particularly stout, however, and may struggle acclimating to the power he'll face in the NFL.
--------Après le départ de Russell Okung pour Denver, les Seahawks ont besoin d'un LT pour protéger Russell Wilson.