Former Florida Gators offensive tackle Stone Forsythe had to wait longer than expected, but the former Gator was a steal for the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 208 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Forsythe was the eighth Gators taken in the draft. Kyle Pitts went No. 4 overall to the Atlanta Falcons, Kadarius Toney went No. 20 overall to the New York Giants, Kyle Trask went No. 64 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Marco Wilson went No. 136 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, Evan McPherson went No. 139 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, Shawn Davis went No. 165 to the Indianapolis Colts, Tedarrell Slaton went No. 173 overall to the Green Bay Packers, and now Forsythe went to the Seahawks.
It was a great showing so far for the Gators, as eight total is a number head coach Dan Mullen should be proud of. Florida also has a chance to have two more players taken, wide receiver Trevon Grimes and center Brett Heggie.
Forsythe showed that he was an elite pass protector at Florida. Stone was a stone wall against edge rushers, and he rarely let anyone get pressure on Trask. He is a monster, standing at 6-8 and weighing in at 307 pounds. He tested well at his Pro Day as well, showing that he may be big, but he is agile enough to succeed in the NFL.
Forsythe’s biggest knock is his run blocking, and it is something he will have to get better at in the NFL. If he is unable to improve his run blocking, he may not be able to be a starter. However, I think he can improve his run blocking, and if he does, Forsythe will be a steal in the 2021 NFL Draft.
He is such an elite pass blocker that if he can even become a formidable run blocker, he has the potential to become a great player in the NFL. He will get to protect future Hall of Fame quarterback Russel Wilson. Seattle turned over every “Stone” to find this gem, which was one of the best picks in the draft.