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Seahawks may target one of draft's top runners
Posted Mar. 03 at 09:28 PM
In their history, the Seahawks have drafted two running backs in the first round: Curt Warner (1983) and Shaun Alexander (2000). Both of those picks turned out pretty well. With two first-rounders and the league's 26th-ranked rushing offense a year ago, it won't be surprising if Seattle uses a high pick on a back again this season.
An article in the Tacoma News Tribune makes the case for the draft's top runners, including Clemson's C.J. Spiller and Cal's Jahvid Best. Seattle currently has Julius Jones, who averaged just 3.7 yards per carry a year ago, and Justin Forsett, who averaged 5.4 yards per carry and really came on down the stretch, including a pair of 100-yard games in the second half of the season. But at just 5-foot-8 and 194 pounds, the team may not be comfortable with him as a lead back, and they definitely need an upgrade from Jones.
Listening to new coach Pete Carroll, it sounds like he wants to make the running game a point of emphasis this season. “I think it’s a huge factor for us – in fact for our entire football team – when you can run the football with authority and with attitude,” Carroll said. “It helps your throwing game. It helps the pass protection. It helps your quarterback play better. It accentuates the style of our defense that we like to play.”
The article can be seen right here.
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