April 27, 2013
Seymour Highlights | Seymour Achievements | Seymour Through the Years
Vanderbilt three-year starting offensive lineman Ryan Seymour was selected Saturday by Seattle in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Seymour, a versatile 6-5, 305-pound product of Camden County (Ga.) High School, was taken as the No. 220 overall pick by the improving Seahawks.
Seymour becomes the first Commodore offensive lineman taken in the draft since the New England Patriots picked tackle Thomas Welch as a seventh round selection in 2010. He also becomes the first Vanderbilt player drafted by Seahawks since 1990 when quarterback John Gromos was selected.
Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin said Seymour came into his own during the Commodores 9-4 campaign in 2012.
"Ryan brings tremendous versatility to Seattle's offensive line, a guy that has the ability to contribute at tackle, guard and center," Franklin said. "He really put together an excellent senior season, both as a player on the field and teammate in the locker room. I think Ryan has a chance to play in the NFL for a long time."
Seymour started all 13 games as a senior in 2012, and concluded his Vanderbilt career with 35 starting assignments. Seymour opened this season with nine straight starts at left guard, then moved to start at both tackle positions when injuries affected depth along the line.
Seymour's work in the trenches helped pave the way for the most productive modern-day offense in team history. The squad's 30.0-point scoring average was the highest by a Vanderbilt offense since the World War I era.
Seymour becomes the second Vanderbilt player taken in the 2013 draft. Earlier Saturday, record-breaking running back Zac Stacy was taken by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round. Other former Commodores still are available to be taken in the draft or sign as a rookie free agent prospect with one of the 32 NFL teams.
|Vanderbilt Draft Picks Since 2000|
|Year||Player||NFL Team||Draft Selection|
|2013||Zac Stacy, RB||St. Louis||27th pick, 5th Round|
|Ryan Seymour, OL||Seattle||14th pick, 7th Round|
|2012||Casey Hayward, DB||Green Bay||30th pick, 2nd Round|
|Tim Fugger, DE||Indianapolis||7th pick, 7th Round|
|2010||Myron Lewis, DB||Tampa Bay||3rd pick, 3rd Round|
|Thomas Welch, OL||New England||1st pick, 7th Round|
|2009||D.J. Moore, DB||Chicago||19th pick, 4th Round|
|2008||Chris Williams, OL||Chicago||14th pick, 1st Round|
|Earl Bennett, WR||Chicago||7th pick, 3rd Round|
|Jonathan Goff, LB||N.Y. Giants||30th pick, 5th Round|
|2006||Jay Cutler, QB||Denver||11th pick, 1st Round|
|2005||Jovan Haye, DL||Carolina||15th pick, 6th Round|
|Justin Geisinger, OL||Buffalo||23rd pick, 6th Round|
|2003||Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB||Green Bay||31st pick, 5th Round|
|2001||Jamie Winborn, LB||San Francisco||16th pick, 2nd Round|
|Matt Stewart, LB||Atlanta||7th pick, 4th Round|
|John Markham, PK||N.Y. Giants||29th pick, 5th Round|
|Jimmy Williams, DB||Buffalo||33rd pick, 6th Round|