George Fant, left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, had never played offensive line in college football. He hadn’t played offensive line since middle school. So when the Seahawks signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent tight end after the 2016 NFL Draft no one expected much. However, the Seahawks were so impressed with him that when starter Bradley Sowell went down they went with the rookie over veteran J’Marcus Webb. While Fant struggled throughout his 2016 season, he showed that he has the capability to be a good left tackle with some coaching and time to develop.
A Promising Seahawks Rookie
Fant played one year of tight end at Western Kentucky where he racked up two tackles and a reception for seven yards. These stats may not blow you away, but Fant’s athleticism and intelligence were enough to convince Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider that he deserved a coveted spot on the 53 man roster. Fant’s ability to quickly learn the skills to be a serviceable, if low level, starting left tackle is incredible and shows a high level of not only football intelligence but also work ethic and dedication.
Going into week seven of the 2016 season there was no expectation for Fant to start, or even play in a serious game considering his lack of experience. He was active for the sixth game of the season but most presumed he was the fourth tackle on the depth chart behind Sowell, Gilliam, Webb and Ohdiambo. However with Sowell suffering a knee injury, Coach Carroll sent Fant in and he kept the job from that week forward, showing progression every week and demonstrating new skills every time he got one the field. He didn’t have the best rookie season, but it with the proper coaching and dedication George Fant can be the Seahawks franchise left tackle.