A day after drafting a player they're expecting to be their left tackle of the future, the Seahawks selected a player who could very well serve as the bookend on the other side of the line at right tackle, taking Washington State's Abraham Lucas with their third-round pick, No. 72 overall.
The move came 24 hours after Seattle picked Mississippi State’s Charles Cross with the ninth overall pick, adding a player general John Schneider referred to as a "pillar at left tackle."
For Lucas, who is from Everett, getting drafted by his hometown team was "surreal," he told reporters on a conference call.
"I have a lot of emotions right now, I'm not really sure where to place all of them," he said. "... I'm speechless, to be honest. I'm just excited to continue to learn and get better with everything."
A four-year starter at right tackle for the Cougars, Lucas earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior, starting all 12 games. Lucas, who is from Everett and attended Archbishop Murphy High School, said he grew up a Seahawks fan watching games with his dad, and said his first memory of a Seahawks game as a child was a tough one, watching Seattle's Super Bowl XL loss to Pittsburgh.
"We weren't happy at the end result of that game," he said.
On a rather surprising note given their history of draft trades, the Seahawks have now made all four of their picks that they came into the week with, selecting Cross at No. 9, linebacker Boye Mafe at No. 40, running back Kenneth Walker III at No. 41, and Lucas at No. 72.
Take a look at offensive tackle Abraham Lucas during his time at Washington State University. Lucas was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round, No. 72 overall, in the 2022 NFL Draft.