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Monday Round-Up: 710 ESPN Seattle Breaks Down What Rookie Stone Forsythe Will Bring To Seahawks

710 ESPN Seattle’s Dave Wyman concluded his rookie breakdown video series with a look at sixth-round pick Stone Forsythe.


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710 ESPN Seattle Analyzes Seahawks Rookie Stone Forsythe

The Seahawks' third and final selection in the 2021 NFL Draft was certainly their biggest. Standing at 6-foot-8 and 307 pounds, Stone Forsythe is a huge man even compared to other offensive linemen.

Forsythe started 28 of 40 career games in college at Florida, helping the team win the SEC Eastern Division in 2020. He started the final 25 games of his career and served as a steadying force for No. 2 scoring offense in the SEC last year. The Seahawks were lucky to see Forsythe fall to No. 288 in the draft, where they traded up nine spots to pick him.

On Friday, 710 ESPN Seattle's Dave Wyman concluded his "Football 101" Seahawks rookie breakdowns with an in-depth analysis of Forsythe. Wyman, who was a Seahawks second-round pick in 1987, discussed Forsythe's impressive size and some of the pros and cons of his game. To wrap things up, Wyman broke down some tape of Forsythe matching up against some high-level opponents.

You can watch Wyman's full breakdown below and read some of the highlights:

On his size, being taller than the average O-lineman and how it helps:

"You're starting to see more taller guys (on the O-line). I know for quarterbacks there's a formula where you can be too tall, really tall quarterbacks aren't typically very good. But for these guys it's all about leverage, it's all about the low man wins. So, that's what's going to be a challenge for him. But you look at the Rams have their two tackles -- Rob Havenstein and Andrew Whitworth, 6-8 and 6-7 -- (examples of successful big guys)."

On what he believes are the pros of Forsythe's game:

"He's got really good hands and that's a good thing. You talk about (Seahawks Legend) Walter Jones, one of the best of all-time, you look at Duane Brown, same thing. It's their feet and their hands, those are the two things (that good O-linemen need). I always tell young kids if you learn to juggle, it's your brain telling your hands what to do. The other thing is jump rope, I used to jump rope all the time. It's the same thing, your brain telling your feet what to do over and over again. You look at the really good tackles -- great hands, great feet.

"The other thing, as they say in the industry, is that he looks for work. When he's not blocking somebody he can slide off and pick somebody up and knock them to the ground, and he'll do that."

On what Forsythe needs to improve on in the NFL:

"His feet, he's going to have to get those going. He's a big guy. I don't want to say he's plodding because his feet are heavy -- they're OK, they just have to get a lot better. And then he's going to constantly battle leverage. He's going to have to get his hips down, his knees bent and get down under the opponents that he plays."

Russell Wilson Among Best Quarterbacks Under Pressure's Nick Shook continued his Next Gen Stats analysis last week by ranking the top 10 quarterbacks under pressure in 2020.

The rankings used a combination of stats while the quarterback was under pressure, including passer rating, completion percentage and completion percentage over expectation. Using those categories, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ranked second in the NFL under pressure last year.

Here's what Shook wrote about Wilson's impressive stats while being pressured:

"Wilson adjusted pretty well to knowing the heat was coming, though. He had the best single-season TD-INT ratio in the Next Gen Stats era (dating back to 2016), finishing with a mark of 8:0. In fact, a pressure cooker might be Wilson's best environment, as all 13 of his interceptions came when he wasn't under pressure, the highest total in pressure-free situations in the entire league. Wilson was excellent at extending the play and letting it rip, posting an eye-popping 130 passer rating on downfield passes (10 or more air yards) when under pressure, the highest rating in the NFL. His TD-INT ratio on such attempts was also the best at 5:0. While he understandably would like to be on the receiving end of fewer hits in the future, Wilson was elite just before he was about to be hit in 2020."

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