The Seahawks haven’t exactly stockpiled running backs selections recently in the draft. They’ve only drafted 2 running backs in the past decade, Justin Forsett in the seventh round of the 2008 draft and Maurice Morris in the second round of the 2002 draft.
The Seahawks haven’t drafted a running back in the first round since selecting Shaun Alexander as the No. 19 overall choice in the 2000 draft.
Seattle has not selected a receiver in the first round since taking Koren Robinson ninth overall in 2001, and we all how that ended up.
The Seahawks have their top four running backs and receivers locked up for the 2011 season, so it seems unlikely that they will reach for either position in the first two rounds.
However, as my break down in today’s story states, the Seahawks still need a home-run hitter – someone who can break a long gain and put points on the board quickly. And Seattle has not had a Pro Bowl receiver since Brian Blades made it to Hawaii in 1989.
“When you have an offense that struggles to make big plays, you have to find some playmakers, and this draft has some,” said Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com. “So it makes some sense for the Seahawks to add a playmaker at wide receiver or running back at any point of this draft.”
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, reviews players Seattle might select in each round of this year’s NFL draft.
First round, 25th pick: Mark Ingram, 5-9, 215, Alabama
Rob’s rationale: Running back isn’t a priority, but with Marshawn Lynch entering the final year of his contract, the Seahawks could surprise should Ingram be the best player available at No. 25.
Second ROUND, 57th pick: Jon Baldwin, 6-4, 228, Pittsburgh
Rob’s rationale: A tall receiver with rare build-up speed, Baldwin would give the Seahawks another big target to pair with Mike Williams.
Fourth round, 99th pick: Tandon Doss, 6-2, 201, Indiana
Rob’s rationale: The Big Ten leader with 175.8 all-purpose yards a game in 2010, Doss could help as a receiver and returner. Only groin/hip injuries push him to this point in the draft.
Fifth round, 156th and 157th picks: Jeremy Kerley, 5-10, 189, TCU
Rob’s rationale: A quick, tough slot receiver with a penchant for big plays on offense and as a punt returner, some have compared Kerley to former Seahawks standout Bobby Engram.
Sixth round, 173th pick: Anthony Allen, 6-1, 228, Georgia Tech
Rob’s rationale: A big back with surprising explosiveness, Allen proved successful in pro-style and triple-option offenses in college.
Seventh round, 209th and 242th picks: Kealoha Pilares, 5-10, 199, Hawaii
Rob’s rationale: Overshadowed by teammate Greg Salas, Pilares is a dynamic athlete with the speed and fluidity to get open. Unfortunately, has struggled with injuries and drops.