By Corbin Smith
Somehow, the Seahawks managed to win 13 games in the regular season with a patchwork offensive line. Former starting right tackle Breno Giacomini missed a good portion of the year with a bulky knee and Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung missed most of the season with a toe injury, forcing youngsters Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey into starting roles.
Giacomini has now departed to join the New York Jets, leaving a big vacancy to fill for offensive line coach Tom Cable. Giacomini had issues with consistency and got penalized way too often during his time in Seattle, but he had a mean streak that rubbed off on other players in the trenches. Bailey and Bowie both showed glimpses of developing into steady starters as rookies, but Seattle has to consider if either player has the upside to be a long-term solution up front. If the organization remains unsure about their respective futures, it would make sense to invest a first round pick in a high-quality tackle like Morgan Moses out of Virginia.
Moses had been a fixture at left tackle for the Cavaliers the past three seasons, and his experience should help him transition quickly at the next level. The Seahawks have had trouble keeping offensive lineman healthy in recent years, and aside from missing a start in 2012 against Wake Forest, Moses has been durable and consistent. He's not the best tackle in this year's draft class, but he's in the second tier behind standouts Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. He's not exceptional as a pass protector or run blocker, but he's solid in both areas and has the tools to develop into a great all-around tackle.
Weight issues and concerns over his motor remain the two biggest question marks surrounding Moses. He arrived at Virginia weighing over 350 pounds and struggled to keep his weight under control for much of his college career. If Seattle drafts him, they'll need to monitor his weight closely. Unlike Giacomini, some also wonder if Moses has the mean streak to excel at the professional level. Even if that is the case, Cable should be able to work with him on harnassing his aggressiveness into better production on the field.