Gators offensive tackle Stone Forsythe goes to Seahawks in NFL Draft. Here's what to expect.

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun

After two years of anchoring the line for Florida’s prolific offense, Stone Forsythe has punched his ticket to the NFL. 

Forsythe was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in 40 games during his UF career, making 28 starts and excelling in pass protection. 

Forsythe is the latest Florida left tackle to get drafted, joining recent picks Jawaan Taylor, David Sharpe and D.J. Humphries. Like Taylor, Forsythe started out at right tackle before replacing him on the left side in 2019. 

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Here’s what Seattle fans can look forward to from Forsythe. 

Florida offensive lineman Stone Forsythe

Stone Forsythe can protect Russell Wilson the way he did Kyle Trask

Forsythe protected the blind side of Heisman Trophy Finalist Kyle Trask the past two seasons, helping provide the time for the nation’s No. 1 passing attack last year and 16th-ranked passing offense in 2019. Per Pro Football Focus, he was one of the highest-graded pass blocking tackles as a senior and had a dominant performance in Florida's win over Georgia. Forsythe helped himself at Pro Day, dropped eight pounds through dieting and weighing in at 307. The 6-foot-8 Forsythe also showed off some athleticism for a big guy, clocking an impressive 7.47 in the 3-cone drill and running the 40-yard dash in 5.14. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein praises Forsythe’s pass protection, writing that he gets the most from his length with a stout punch, strong hand work and adequate fluidity in his pass slides. 

Stone Forsythe may have issues run-blocking

Beyond his ability to protect the passer, Forsythe leaves a lot to be desired with his run blocking. He plays too far forward, has a very high center of gravity and doesn't get his pads low enough at the point of attack, according to Zierlein. That allows defenders to pull him off-balance in the run game and he’s “just average” catching up with inside counters. Zierlein notes that Forsythe needs to improve his angles up to linebackers and power slide to cut off B-gap, while altering his punch approach to keep rushers guessing. As a pass blocker, Forsythe sometimes gets pushed into panic mode against speed, occasionally oversetting and chasing rushers out wide. 

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Final thoughts on Stone Forsythe

Despite his success as Trask’s left tackle, Forsythe was considered a sleeper prospect in this draft class and didn’t start moving up boards until his Pro Day workout. He’s a long, strong lineman who moves well for his size and plays with great technique in pass protection, particularly with his hands. Forsythe has work to do in run blocking, and given his height, improving his pad level won’t be easy. But Zierlein predicts Forsythe’s talent as a pass blocker should make him an NFL starter early on.