Seahawks draft C Joey Hunt in sixth round
RENTON – The Seahawks addressed their offensive line early in the draft with a tackle in the first round and a guard in the third. They did so late in the draft as well, taking center Joey Hunt from Texas Christian University with their sixth-round pick, No. 215 overall.
Hunt was a three-year starter and a two-time team captain at TCU. He played some guard there but mostly center, which is what the Seahawks consider him.
Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider both mentioned how well Hunt commands the line of scrimmage.
“He really sees the line of scrimmage and can make all the calls,” Carroll said, “and so we know we’re bringing in a guy that can captain the offensive line if he’s able to take that spot over. That’s a really big plus.”
The Seahawks list Hunt as 6 feet 1 and 299 pounds.
“A little bit undersized, but he plays real square, plays real tight,” Schneider said. “For an undersized guy, you don’t see him get knocked around a ton.”
Offensive-line coach Tom Cable put Hunt through a private workout along with Matt Berry, the Seahawks’ director of college scouting. Schneider joked that those two liked him so much that “I don’t know if Pete and I would be able to leave the building if we didn’t come away with Joey.”
Hunt is the sixth offensive lineman the Seahawks have drafted in the last two years.
The Seahawks re-signed incumbent starter Patrick Lewis, who was a restricted free agent. Drew Nowak, who began last season as Seattle’s starting center, is also on the roster.