It’s hard to admit you blew a first-round pick. But with his knee injuries and issues with weight, James Carpenter could be forcing the issue.
Drafted 25th overall in 2011 to bring some run-blocking help, Carpenter signed a deal for $7.65 million, with $6.2 guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus. It was expected that Carpenter would create a wall with Russell Okung on the left side, similar to the Jones/Hutchinson line of the Mike Holmgren-era ‘Hawks. However, in 12 games last year Carpenter struggled to bring his blocking up to par. In this the last year of his rookie contract, he’s scheduled to make $1.4 million. If Carpenter is not cut outright, he is in danger of losing his job to another player already on the roster, such as Alvin Baily.
The Seahawks are looking to bolster their interior offensive line in the 2014 draft, and it is hip deep in OL talent. Here’s a few that could replace Carpenter:
Zack Martin (Notre Dame), OT, 6’4″, 304:
Lethally quick, great footwork, and powerful, Martin would fit superbly with the Seahawks’ zone-blocking scheme. He’s a hard worker who can make split-second decisions under pressure; an ability he put on display at the Senior Bowl. He played at Notre Dame as a tackle, but is projected to move inside to guard in the NFL. His last year in college was spectacular, but some analysts believe his frame may be too small and his arms too short, and that his strength could have peaked – this may drop him to the #32 spot.