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Tuesday Round-Up: Olu Oluwatimi Named Day 3 Rookie to Watch This Preseason 

Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus breaks down why center Olu Oluwatimi is a name to know this preseason.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, August 8 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Why C Olu Oluwatimi Is A Day 3 Rookie To Watch This Preseason

With the No.154 pick in April’s draft, Seattle selected the Michigan alum and recipient of the 2022 Rimington and Outland Trophies. Oluwatimi's ascension through his college career came across three schools (Air Force, Virginia, Michigan). Now, he looks to earn Seattle's starting center job, as he competes with veteran Evan Brown. But hopes are high inside the building and across local and national media regarding Oluwatimi's potential. In July, Oluwatimi was selected as one-of-three Seahawks to be named to the 2023 CBS Sports Preseason All-Rookie team. Seahawks Legend and radio analyst Ray Roberts is another believer in Oluwatimi’s skills, as he told Seattle Sports 710’s Wyman and Bob last month.

"Usually when you run the ball and you have to get your five or six yards or those three or four yards, you're usually going to run to the right side behind some big stud right guard or stud right tackle. At Michigan, they ran behind the center because he was that good and he was going to get to his block, he was going to make his block every single time," Roberts said. "And so when they needed the yardage, they ran behind him. But he was just so consistent that he didn't have a lot of plays where he's dumping guys to the ground and all that kind of stuff. But he was blocking his guy and doing it effectively so they can make the run. So I really do think that the consistency and how he played – and he didn't have like these big huge spikes of big huge highlight films – I think that kind of made his stock drop a little bit."

Sikkema breaks down why Oluwatimi makes the list, and his potential to become a starter soon.

C Olu Oluwatimi

Rarely does a rookie prove to be a serviceable starter along the offensive line. Last year, the Seahawks had two: Charles Cross and Abe Lucas. And they could have another in 2023 with Olu Oluwatimi.

Early reports from Seahawks camp say Oluwatimi has been splitting first-team reps already. His smaller measurables indicated center would likely be his only position in the NFL, but as a starter for Michigan last year he showed he's pretty good at that one spot. He earned an 80.4 overall grade with an 83.5 run-blocking grade thanks to a high football IQ.

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