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The 11 players selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2019 NFL draft primarily represent depth additions for a team in need of some reinforcements on the bench and in the special teams.

However, in Pete Carroll’s competition-heavy culture, that means that each of these guys will be competing for starting jobs as well.

One player who has a good shot of winning a starting job is guard Phil Haynes, who was selected in the fourth round out of Wake Forest.

“Phil is a guy that we targeted early because of his makeup and his style of play,” Carroll commented after the draft. “We’re really excited about how our guards have been playing. You saw us go out and get Mike Iupati to go along with what D.J. [Fluker] has done. We thought early on that this is a guy that can fit in the mold of that. He’s going to be 340 pounds. He’s a really strong, really physical guy. He likes to finish blocks and knock guys down. He’s got an attitude about him. He just looked like he would fit the bill to compete with those guys.”

Seattle’s depth chart is pretty loaded at guard however, with Iupati and Fluker pencilled in as the starters and Jordan Simmons, Ethan Pocic, Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos all on the roster as well.

It’s clear that Seattle has been targeting big, physical players at the guard position, a change that coincided with Seattle’s decision to bring on Mike Solari as their new offensive line coach.

“We’ve been shifting gears the last couple of years here and this is an indication of that,” Carroll continued. “It was really a guy that we had sighted from early on and John figured out where he would go and we were able to nail it specifically because of his makeup that kind of matched up with the guys that we’ve had some success with and we’re excited about it.”

Haynes will have to beat out Iupati and Simmons to start at left guard, his natural position. Carroll did say that Haynes will be able to play both guard positions in time, so perhaps they are grooming him to take over at right guard if/when Fluker moves on.

Plus, there is a considerable injury history between Fluker, Iupati and Simmons, so it makes sense for Haynes to be ready to play either guard spot.

Whether he starts the season on the bench or in the starting five remains to be seen, but it is clear that Carroll and company like what they have in Haynes.

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