With a name like Stone Forsythe, the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks was destined to be an NFL offensive lineman. The Seahawks agreed and traded up in the sixth round to snag the former Florida tackle who slipped farther than many expected. Seahawks general manager John Schneider noted the team tried “forever” to trade up to select Stone and described the former Gator as a “monster of a man.”
“Stone, it seemed like forever we waited for Stone,” Schneider explained in his post-draft press conference. “We tried trading up forever to get him. Monster of a man, all business. Pretty quiet, not like a really vocal guy just a real professional that is a two-year starter at Florida. Big man, super long arms. Hard for people to run the hump on him, and the guy runs the track especially well with our new offense. You can see him as a big person out there running, getting outside.”
The 6’8″, 315 pound offensive lineman was the No. 90 ranked player on The Athletic’s Dane Brugler big board as the 12th ranked tackle in the draft. This would have had Forsythe being selected in the third round. The Seahawks traded up with the Bears to snag the No. 208 pick in exchange for No. 217 and No. 250 picks.
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Florida Coach Dan Mullen on Stone Forsythe: ‘Smart in Pass Pro, Incredibly Reliable’
Florida head coach Dan Mullen took to Twitter to congratulate his former offensive lineman. Mullen described Forsythe as “incredibly reliable and a true leader.”
“Congrats @stone_forsythe. The @Seahawks are getting a player who is patient and smart in pass pro, incredibly reliable and a true leader on the OL,” Mullen tweeted. “Excited to follow your career.”