Seymour tabbed by Seattle in seventh rd.

April 27, 2013

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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



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