Isaac Seumalo, OG/C
School: Oregon State | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 303 lbs
Projected: Round 3 or 4 | Actual: 3rd Round (Pick 79) by the Philadelphia Eagles
Isaac Seumalo is a prospect that is often overlooked when discussing the best center or even guard prospects in the upcoming draft. Seumalo started at center his freshman year and achieved an All-Pac-12 nod. Seumalo started 25 games through his first two seasons even a few at right tackle because of injuries on the team before a foot injury of his own in the 2013 Hawai'i Bowl. The injury kept him out for the entire 2014 season. Seumalo bounced back with a strong 2015 season starting games at right guard and left tackle.
Seumalo has started games at LT, C, RG, and RT and excelled particularly at the guard and center position and even LT (check the matchup against Deforest Buckner below). His versatility is sure to serve him well at the next level. Seumalo is one of the most technically sound and stout offensive linemen in this draft class. He operates with solid leverage and balance and is a great anchor in the run game and is stout in pass protection. He is also athletic and uses his quick feet to get his assignment moved from their spot at the point of attack. He also gets to the second level and takes on opponents often wiping them out completely from the play.
A big question coming into this season is how he would recover from his foot injury. He seems fully healed after his 2015 season and no flags came up during his medicals at the combine. Several experts believe that Seumalo is a top guard and an even better center in this years draft class due to his technique, his nastiness, and versatility.
Isaac Seumalo's ride: Philadelphia Eagles rookie, coach's kid always had an eye on the NFL https://t.co/glCg7f3nNO— Eagles Daily (@EaglesDaily) July 22, 2016
How He Makes the Eagles Better and Creates Problems for the Redskins
Issac Seumalo was one of my favorite center prospects in this years past draft. The Eagles have Pro Bowl Center Jason Kelce so the drafting of Seumalo was to address their paper thin offensive guard depth. I just can’t see Seumalo losing a camp battle to Allen Barbre. Barbre simply isn’t good. It would benefit the Redskins greatly if Barbre did start though at LG because Preston smith already has 4 career sacks against the Eagles coming from that side. Either way the Redskins will either be facing an underwhelming pro or a rookie come week 6 and week 14.
The Redskins best exploit the matchup against the talented rookie as much as they can. It hurts to say this because he is an Eagle but he could turn out to be a solid pro for them in years to come as he is a coaches kid and already plays with great technique and is so versatile having played 4 out of 5 offensive line positions.