Cable: College has ruined offensive players

SokoliTom Cable says college football has ruined offensive players, and that’s why he chooses to take defensive linemen and make them offensive linemen in the NFL.

Five linemen were drafted after the Hawks took conversion project Kristjan Sokoli in the sixth round, and the Hawks passed on Kansas State center B.J. Finney and Florida State guard Josue Matias, who were thought to be mid-round options but ended up going undrafted. The Hawks also signed another conversion project after their rookie minicamp, Kona Schwenke.

“I’m not wanting to offend anybody, but college football offensively has gotten to be really, really bad fundamentally,” Cable told 710 ESPN, referencing the gimmicky spread option that so many teams now use.

Cable said a guy can have all of the measurables, “and then you watch him, and he’s not a finisher, and he doesn’t strain, and he can’t pass set, and he can’t stay on balance and he can’t play with leverage — and you start finding all of these negatives.

“You say, ‘I can go get a guy who runs a little faster, maybe jumps a little higher (who has) an aggressive streak in him. At least I can see that on defense. And just start with him. I’m going to have to retrain an offensive lineman coming out of college right now anyway.”

Cable is retraining fourth-round picks Terry Poole and Mark Glowinski, who played O-line in college, and he prefers the potential of Sokoli and Schwenke to practice squad players Nate Isles and C.J. Davis, who both were released Tuesday. The Hawks also added undrafted tackle Jesse Davis.

Cable said he will miss Max Unger the man and leader — “a calming spirit.” But the fact that Unger couldn’t stay on the field made him expendable. “The decision got made to move on. I can’t sit around and worry about it. I’ve got to move on and get somebody ready to go.”

Cable said second-year right tackle Justin Britt needs to improve his confidence and consistency and grasp the offense better. … Alvin Bailey is down to 320 pounds, Cable said. “He’s done a nice job this offseason of getting himself prepared and ready to go.”

Bob Condotta also wrote about the O-line and added some more notes about the backup QB spot and Kippy Brown retiring.

Linemen aren’t the only players making position switches. Eric Pinkins is moving up from the secondary to linebacker, where the Hawks are a bit thin on reserves. “We’re trying to give him a chance,” Pete Carroll said of the 2014 sixth-round pick who missed his rookie year due to an injury.

The Seahawks now have three fullbacks after adding 262-pounder Brandon Cottom to special-teams star Derrick Coleman, who is coming off a broken foot, and versatile 280-pounder Will Tukuafu. Could be an interesting competition.

As Condotta noted, the Seahawks seem to have been bumped from four comp picks to three next year. According to, O’Brien Schofield is the first guy off the 32-pick list. So the Hawks are looking at a pick each in the third, fifth and sixth rounds.


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