Getting to know guard John Moffitt
By Liz Mathews
Shortly after the Seahawks took Wisconsin guard John Moffitt with the 75th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday, Moffitt spoke with some members of the Seattle media via a conference call to the VMAC.
Watching the first round purely for “enjoyment,” Moffitt said he knew he wasn’t going to be a first round pick, and figured he’d go somewhere in the middle rounds.
“It’s hard to tell in this whole process,” said Moffitt. “Some teams show interest, but aren’t interested and some teams show no interest, and are interested.”
Moffitt said that the Seahawks had contacted him a couple of days ago, asking him whether or not he had any reservations about going out to Seattle, “which of course” he said, “I didn’t at all.”
Regarding his time at Wisconsin, Moffitt explained that the mentality there was to run first, throw second.
“My strengths are definitely in the run game. I think I’m a physical player,” he said. “I think I bring a lot of physicality to the line. I think I’m intelligent player as well. It’s important to me to know what I’m doing out there and to understand the game — to develop mentally, as well as physically.”
Having played both guard and center in college, it is anticipated that Moffitt will start this season for Seattle at right guard, next to first round selection, tackle James Carpenter.
So which position does Moffitt prefer?
“I don’t have a preference, honestly,” he said. “I’ve played center and I’ve played guard. I just want to play football, that’s what most important to me.”
Finally, when asked what he knows — if anything — about Seattle, Moffitt said, “I’m a big Nirvana fan, so I know grunge music. Other than that, I don’t know much.”