Seattle gets bookend tackle with Bama's James Carpenter

By: AP
By: AP

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have addressed issues with depth on their offensive line, selecting Alabama offensive
tackle James Carpenter with the 25th pick of the NFL draft.

The choice of Carpenter was a surprise considering the other
names still available that were expected to be taken earlier in the
first round.

Carpenter played left tackle for the Crimson Tide but is likely
to be moved to the right side after Seattle drafted Russell Okung
with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Carpenter started 27
games in his two seasons at Alabama, but was a surprise to be taken ahead of Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi.

Carpenter saw his draft stock rise when he showed the ability to
play both tackle positions at the Senior Bowl.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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