In terms of need, this is certainly hitting the mark. The Seahawks lost Russell Okung and J.R.Sweezy among others, and even before that were struggling to keep Wilson upright. If they feel he is their top offensive lineman prospect, then fair enough. I hope they intend on using Ifedi inside at guard, as that is where he is best suited. In his three seasons he performed much better at right guard, and ended up looking exposed on the edge after transitioning outside to right tackle. Overall, the Seahawks ought to be pleased with their efforts on day one, given that they also were able to move down and still get a player they presumably wanted. Solid work by a team who have worked the board as well as anyone in the past few seasons. That said, Ifedi has his flaws and it’s questionable if he’s worth this high a selection.
Entering the 2015 season as one of the bigger names in this group and a potential high pick, Ifedi’s game regressed this year and his stock has arguably dropped quite significantly over the course of the season. Considering entering the last draft, Ifedi received a second round projection by the draft advisory committee but chose to stay. His play this year though has been more that of a mid-round prospect. Ifedi showed plenty of promise early on as a redshirt freshman guard, before moving to right tackle the next year and continuing to progress. It was presumed that he would take the next step that the likes of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews took before him, and move over to the left tackle spot this season, but ultimately ended up staying put. In studying his game a bit closer, I came away unimpressed with his technique, in particularly with a very poor looking and awkward lack of co-ordination between upper and lower body, with a stiff, jerky motion, and footwork that frequently lets him down. His excellent physical gifts with his size and strength has allowed him to get away with the technique problems at this level but it’s a bit of a question mark when projecting him to the next level that could even see him requiring to move back inside to guard again if he finds himself exposed on the edge in the pros. Given his size and natural strength, it’s quite a surprise to see him not really come across as a mauler in the run game, instead often looking quite tame in his block attempts. Another big question that has arisen that scouts have reportedly brought up has been his effort level at times this year, which has been inconsistent and lacking at times. He has played better before 2015 so a belief that he can return to earlier form might mean a team decides to still pick him early.