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 Stacywas 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.