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Seth Olsen (OG)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 306
College: Iowa
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Omaha, NE
High School: Millard North
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Selected by: Denver Broncos
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 32 (132)
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Pick Analysis: When you draft an Iowa lineman, you know he's technically sound and has been well-coached. Olsen has great strength and can step in and play guard right away. He's similar to Marshal Yanda, who was drafted by Baltimore a couple years ago. He's got strong hands.
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Overview

Nationally underrated, Olsen leaves Iowa as a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a rising prospect on NFL boards due to his size, strength, durability and versatility. A four-year contributor, Olsen started each of the past two seasons, primarily on the right side of the line, but also seeing some action at left tackle.


He was first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and coaches while primarily at right guard in 2008 after garnering honorable mention honors at right tackle as a junior. A strong showing throughout the week at the East-West Shrine Game might have secured Olsen's place as a second-day draft selection. Had an arm span of 33 1/8 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.


High School

Earned Parade and EA Sports All-American honors as a senior, along with first-team all-state and all-metro laurels. ... named first-team all-state and all-metro as a junior, as well as Student Sports Junior all-American. ... helped lead prep team to three consecutive undefeated conference seasons and the 2003 Nebraska state championship. ... Millard North had a 36-2 record in his three years as a starter. ... as a senior, helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 473 yards per game. ... also played defensive tackle for three years, amassing 92 tackles (44 solo), nine tackles for loss and three sacks.. ... attended same high school as DB Adam Shada and LB Jeff Tarpinian. ... high school coach was Fred Petito.


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Analysis

Positives: Naturally large man with good weight distribution. Good initial quickness off the snap. Very good hand placement and upper-body strength. Seems to enjoy the physical hand-to-hand combat inside the trenches. Good strength to latch onto the defender, turn and either sustain his position or toss the defender onto ground for a pancake block. Underrated short-area lateral quickness and balance to hold up in pass protection. Plays with good leverage despite his height. Versatile blocker who has started at right guard, right tackle and left tackle over the past two years. Impressive week of practice at the East-West Shrine game.


Negatives: Strong and technically refined, but isn't an elite athlete. Only phone-booth quickness. Struggles adjusting in space at the second level. Lumbers after a few steps and is forced to lunge at defenders. Lacks the deep kick-step and elite lateral quickness to handle the left tackle position, though he has experience there. May struggle on the outside at right tackle.


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