Michael Bowie was once the starting left tackle for Oklahoma State. In 2011, his junior season, Bowie was a part-time starter for the Cowboys, who won the Big 12 that year.
Oklahoma State’s athletic site even said Bowie “figures to be a very important lineman for Oklahoma State in 2012 and a likely starter at tackle.” But before his senior season, Bowie was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. No specifics were given.
He ended up at Northeastern State, a school located in Tahlequah, Okla. Bowie has the size to play tackle; he is 6 feet 5 and 330 pounds. And he was good enough to be a starter at Oklahoma State, the same school that produced current Seattle left tackle Russell Okung.
Bowie played left tackle in college, but said he is versatile and can play either tackle position as well as guard. The Seahawks aren’t sure which side they will use him at. They said it depends on how he does when he arrives.
“Michael is just a big, athletic, great feet, long arms guy,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “He was picked where he was picked for a reason. He has a little bit of a background, and he needs to overcome those things, and if he overcomes them he has a good chance to be an excellent pro. Russell Okung helped recruit him to Oklahoma State, so again we had a certain comfort level with him.”
The Seahawks have Okung, one of the league’s elite left tackles, and Breno Giacomini at right tackle. But they could use another tackle capable of backing up either guy.
Give Ryan Seymour this: He sure is versatile. Seymour played just about every position along the offensive line at Vanderbilt. Or, as he put it, “I can play from right tackle all the way to left guard.”
That’s a big reason the Seahawks like Seymour, who is 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds. Seymour also served as Vanderbilt’s backup center, although he only took a few snaps during games.
“It was huge,” Schneider said. “We had talked about that’s the reason he had more value for us, and he went to Vanderbilt so he’s a pretty smart guy, a smart football guy. We talk about smart, tough reliable, and that’s what he is.”
Seymour was recruited to Vanderbilt as a defensive lineman but switched to the offensive side because the team was short on offensive linemen at the time. Seymour started 35 games along the offensive line for Vanderbilt, taking snaps at left guard and both tackle positions when injures forced him to move.
Seattle could use some more depth at the offensive line, particularly a player who can fill in at multiple positions. That gives Seymour a leg up moving forward.
How about this for a birthday present: Getting drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. That’s what happened to outside linebacker Ty Powell from Harding University, who turned 25 the same day the Seahawks drafted him in the seventh round.
“I’m speechless,” he said. “This is the best one so far.”
Powell is the first player from Harding in 30 years. He played safety and defensive end in college, and is a bigger linebacker at 6 feet 2, 250 pounds. The Seahawks see him as another pass-rushing threat off the edge, and that’s something that fits Powell’s skills.
Powell had 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a senior for Harding, which is located in Arkansas.
“That’s my play: reckless,” Powell said. “Going full speed all the time.”
He was previously at Monterrey College, where he was dismissed from the team according to ESPN Insider, and then at DeAnza College.
Jared “Fat Rabbit” Smith
Jared Smith hasn’t played offensive line since high school, a fact that didn’t bother the Seahawks in selecting him in the seventh round. Smith played defensive tackle at New Hampshire, where he earned the awesome nickname of “Fat Rabbit.” (For a full explanation, read this story).
Anyway, Fat Rabbit was a pretty good defensive tackle at New Hampshire, and that’s where most NFL teams saw him playing. But the Seahawks called Smith and asked him to do a “last-minute workout” with offensive line coach Tom Cable to see how he played the offensive line.
The Seahawks liked what they saw enough to draft Smith in the seventh round as an offensive guard.
Seattle, you may remember, did the same thing a year ago with J.R. Sweezy, who played defensive line in college and who played rather significantly at guard last season. He was also a seventh-round pick, and Smith said he became good friends with Sweezy during this process.
“In talking to him about it,” Smith said, “he told me that he was nervous at first, but you just have to give all your trust to (Cable), and he will make everything happen. I’m going to take his advice and put my whole entire football learning skills in coach Cable’s hands.”
Smith played in 11 games as a senior and had four sacks, three blocked kicks and 10 tackles for loss.