2021 NFL Draft: Stone Forsythe selected No. 208 by Seattle Seahawks

Make it four members of the Gators’ 2020 offense that will be playing on Sundays in the fall. The Seattle Seahawks drafted left tackle Stone Forsythe in the 6th round with the 208th overall selection.

Forsythe was a late bloomer in college, as he redshirted in 2016 and played in just two games in 2017. He played in all 13 games in 2018 and started the season opener at right tackle.

Forsythe took over as Florida’s starting left tackle in 2019 and turned in a solid yet inconsistent season. He struggled against some of the more athletic speed rushers that he lined up against.

He emerged in 2020 to become one of the best pass-protectors in the SEC. With Forsythe protecting his blindside, quarterback Kyle Trask set the school records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season. Forsythe gave up just two sacks last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

While he needs to improve in the running game, Forsythe’s length and versatility made him an intriguing NFL prospect. His 6-foot-8 stature can give even the largest of defensive ends problems. He played both tackle spots and left guard at UF, and his future in the NFL could be at right tackle. The value he brings as a swing tackle should allow him to carve out a nice career.

Ethan was born in Gainesville and has lived in the Starke, Florida, area his entire life. He played basketball for five years and knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when he was in middle school. He’s attended countless Gators athletic events since his early childhood, with baseball being his favorite sport to attend. He’s a proud 2019 graduate of the University of Florida and a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe College. He interned with the University Athletic Association’s communications department for 1 ½ years as a student and has spent the last two football seasons writing for InsideTheGators.com. He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Rays. You can follow him on Twitter @ehughes97.