Analysis: Assessing Seahawks' Offensive Depth Chart Following 2022 NFL Draft

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After adding nine new players in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Seahawks have officially transitioned into phase two of their offseason program with rookie minicamp, organized team activities, and mandatory minicamp all coming in the near future.

With the draft now in the rearview mirror, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll always will be on the lookout for ways to improve his team and plenty of quality free agents remain available to sign. But barring an unforeseen trade and/or unexpected frenzy signing veterans, Seattle’s 90-man roster as constructed likely won’t undergo any significant changes between now and the start of training camp in late July.

Keeping that assumption in mind while examining the current depth chart, which positions should the Seahawks feel good about? And which ones remain potential concerns progressing towards the start of the season?

As the franchise transitions into the post-Russell Wilson era, here’s a close look at all six position groups on the offensive side of the ball with additions, departures, and an overall position grade:

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Additions: Austin Blythe, Shamarious Gilmore

Departures: Ethan Pocic

While the Seahawks made seismic changes at the bookend positions, the team maintained status quo in the interior for the most part. With that said, a switch was made at center by reuniting former Rams starter Austin Blythe with offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and line coach Andy Dickerson as a replacement for Pocic, who signed with the Browns in free agency. Aside from that move, however, guards Damien Lewis and Gabe Jackson will both return as expected starters with Phil Haynes coming back as a swing reserve behind them.

From a depth standpoint, Seattle didn’t draft any guards or centers, opting instead to bring back Kyle Fuller on a one-year deal and sign Georgia State’s Shamarious Gilmore as an undrafted free agent. Filling out the depth chart, Dakoda Shepley will compete against Fuller to back up Blythe after being claimed off waivers from the 49ers last season and guard Pier-Olivier Lestage will return after spending last season on the practice squad.

Position Grade: B-