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TNT 2012 draft preview: RB-WRs to consider

Post by Eric Williams on April 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm with 31 Comments »
April 24, 2012 12:16 pm
Utah State running back Robert Turbin runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Seattle Seahawks committed to Marshawn Lynch as the team’s workhorse running back for at least the next two years by re-signing him to a lucrative, multi-year deal this offseason.

But there’s still a question mark as to who will step in for Lynch if he gets injured. The Seahawks got a first-hand look at how the offense struggles when Lynch can’t go against Cleveland last season, when back spasms sidelined the Cal product just before game time.

The Seahawks lost to the Browns 6-3, and Leon Washington and Justin Forsett failed to duplicate the type of physical pounding Lynch can deliver to a defense.

Forsett did not return to Seattle in free agency, and Washington remains as the team’s third-down back. Seattle signed Kregg Lumpkin and Tyrell Sutton as possible back-ups to Lynch in free agency, but Seattle could look to draft a running back for the first time since selecting Forsett in the seventh round of the 2008 draft this year.

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with and, reviews players Seattle might select in each round of this year’s NFL draft.

First round, 12th pick: Justin Blackmon, 6-1, 207, Oklahoma State
Rob’s rationale: Blackmon isn’t expected to be available, but he’s the one receiver in the 2012 draft worthy of this selection.

Second round, 43rd pick: Rueben Randle, 6-3, 210, LSU
Rob’s rationale: Overshadowed by some of the other receivers in this draft, Randle combines excellent size with surprising ability after the catch.

Third round, 75th pick: Juron Criner, 6-3, 224, Arizona
Rob’s rationale: Criner doesn’t have great speed, but he might just be the draft’s top possession receiver because of his sticky hands and ability to outmuscle defenders.

Fourth round, 106th pick: Robert Turbin, 5-10, 222, Utah State
Rob’s rationale: A powerful back with better speed than most give him credit for. … Turbin is also among the best pass-blockers of this running back class.

Sixth pick, 181st pick: Dan Herron, 5-10, 213, Ohio State
Rob’s rationale: Not flashy, but “Boom” is a strong downhill runner whose burst to and through the hole could make him a fit in Seattle’s zone-blocking attack.

Seventh round, 225th pick: Brad Smelley, 6-2, 238, Alabama
Rob’s rationale: While not a human sledgehammer in the Mack Strong mold, Smelley is a physical, high-effort blocking fullback with reliable hands.

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  1. footballscaa says:

    How can you not love a fullback named Smelley.

  2. HawkfaninMT says:

    I would be A-O-K with Blackmon in the 1st, Randle in the 2nd, or Turbin in the 4th. Can’t say i know enough about the others to comment. But given the choice between Turbin in the 4th and Edwin Baker in the 7th, i would take Baker. Likewise i would rather Randle in the 2nd than Blackmon in the 1st. Purely an opinion/value based call

  3. I really like Turbin. he would make a nice compliment to Lynch. I thinks fair to say that the Cle. game last year is a poor way to judge both Forsett and Washington as backs.
    With the lock out, a new OC and not ready for prime time OL the Hawks most likely had not fully implemented the whole playbook and the runs that where installed suited Lynch’s style. kind of hard to scrap your game plan and pull plays from the back of the book and install it from the bench.b

  4. Smelley is a good name for a fullback, but the best fullback name (and a personal favorite) would be Mack Strong.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Damn right you like Turbin. He’s also an accomplished pass-catcher. I would be disappointed if they chose him in the third, actually. I’m a big fan.

  6. HawkfaninMT says:

    Why would you be disappointed then? you want him earlier?

  7. HawkfaninMT says:

    Nevermind… I read that wrong. You are saying you like him, but don’t want him as high as the 3rd. Right?

  8. Macabrevity says:

    Just no LSU WR’s in the 2nd round please… it’s my school bias kicking in. Does LSU produce quality NFL receivers? Without digging, Wendell Davis is the only name I can think of. I’ll pass on Rubber Rueben… and no, not a big Dwayne Bowe fan.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    I see Randle as more of a Jordy Nelson than a Dwayne Bowe. Now if we only had a QB that threw to a Jordy nelson type WR

  10. I like Criner but I think we have our possession guy(s) We need an outside guy with Size speed – So I think they would pass on Crinier, Unless they were thinking cut Williams/butler and do a trade up in that catagory

    I would be thrilled with a guy like Turbin and while I have not seen Herron play too often I do like what he brings to the table as a reserve guy.

    They are going to have to pick up something since only Beast and Washington are currently under contract for RB – and Robinson as a FB

  11. Soggybuc says:

    Problem is Turbin is well liked by many teams and is going to be one of those guys someone grabs a bit early. if some one is going to blink early on him I wouldnt be sad if it was the Hawks.

  12. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m kind of curious why Rang doesn’t mention Floyd in the 1st round since that’s a more realistic option. He actually wouldn’t be a bad fit if they weren’t looking for a DE and LB in the first 3 rounds.

    I kind of like the Smelly in the 7th option. A backup to Real Rob Report who can catch the ball out of the backfield on 3rd down and get the occasional carry to change up between Lynch and Washington.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Rang really thinks that Blackmon has a chance to be there at #12?

    There’s a better chance of us drafting his former qb Weeden at #12, (and there is a 0% chance of that happening), than Blackmon dropping to #12.

    I like Lamar Miller in round two!

  14. Dukeshire says:

    HawkfaninMT – Yeah, that should read “wouldn’t be”…

    RDPoulsbo – I didn’t get that either, regarding Floyd.

  15. jawpeace says:

    @ RDPoulsbo, “curious why Rang doesn’t mention Floyd in the 1st round since that’s a more realistic option.”
    My guess is Rang does not feel Floyd would be a good value at the 12 slot. I would have to agree look at our own maple bar eating ND wide out. He coasted in their system by his ability and was a poor route runner. I would tend to believe Floyd might have a few of these qualities as well. Remember Tate was projected as a very low first early second rounder and was gold being there later in the second. So far Tate has been a flop but this could be the year it comes together for him.

  16. jawpeace–Floyd has nothing to do with Tate. Tate was a converted RB who played WR only two years in college–and put up great numbers. Tate’s route running and general intellect are suspect, but give the kid a break: he’s played four years as a WR now, and had no offseason last year. This year is make or break for him though.

    On the other hand, Floyd is not as fast as Tate, or as agile, but he’s still fast. He’s also a big receiver, and Tate is not. Floyd also is a good blocker and runs good routes. Tate is not a great blocker, and he’s still learning to run routes.

    While Floyd will have to learn how to run routes NFL-style, he’s way ahead of where Tate was in that regard, coming out of college.

    The only thing they have in common is they played for the same team–ND had a different offensive coordinator the last couple years, so I dont think the offense Tate thrived in was the same as the one Floyd was in the last few years.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    I would much prefer an analyst give us a so-called “reach” to study than a player that will not be available.

    Speaking of no available, I would love it if Fletcher Cox were available at 12. A 3-tech who can collapse the pocket an get interior pressure would be just as effective as an edge rusher.

  18. Rang didnt mention Floyd because Seattle secretly hopes to draft him, and he is holding back for them. Just like he talked smack about Okung when he knew Seattle wanted him–just not as much as they wanted the guy the Skins picked.

    Seriously, it wouldnt surprise me one bit if my first sentence was true, though Im just joking/guessing.

    Floyd is definitely a talent worth considering at 12, even with bigger needs elsewhere. Rang even had us mocked as taking him not long ago…

  19. RDPoulsbo says:

    jawpeace: Rob does this every year on this blog around draft time. Everyday, there’s considerations by positions for each round regardless of needs. Besides, Rang has Floyd going 5 spots lower than Seattle in his own mock, so it makes more sense than Blackmon who won’t make it out of the top 6.

    Just because Tate and Floyd both went to the same school doesn’t make them similar players. Floyd has height and size to play split end to make CBs think twice about press coverage, something Tate lacks.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    More importantly, Floyd is a solid route runner, especially the intermediate part of the tree.

  21. Hammajamma says:

    Floyd is not going in the top 15, and not just because he’s knucklehead. WR is one of those positions where the value gaps between players don’t necessarily trend with draft position. Same with LB. I’m officially off Kuechley and on DeCastro. 2nd round is going to be a free for all. Like to see them position themselves to get Perry or Curry if they fall into range.

  22. I don’t particularly like Floyd. Maybe it’s my bias against players who seem dense, but have you heard that dude talk? My 5yo is more articulate.

    I still remember when Tate was drafted and he was sitting there at a draft table eating some greasy-ass chicken and not even bothering to use his napkin. Lmao. But in an odd way, maybe unfairly, Floyd seems like the same sort of immature, non-focused athlete.

    But yeah, as far as skills, totally different player than GT.

  23. RDPoulsbo says:

    My primary problem is this is a series Rob does every year and gives names Seattle could consider regardless of need. I really like this pre-draft series, but Blackmon is in no way a realistic name to consider. No matter your opinion of Floyd, he’s the most realistic player to consider in round 1 for this group.

    Floyd makes more sense than people might give credit for. He should be a big upgrade over Obo and be a good complement to Rice. It would also force BMW and Tate to actually work for their roster spots. I don’t think it’s likely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they make him their pick.

  24. Hammajamma says:

    Guess I think guys like Blackmon and Floyd will find the pro game a fairly equalizing factor among their peers, where precision routes, ball awareness, timing and the relationship with the QB are as important, if not more so, than speed or size or swiveling hips. Larry Fitzgerald these guys are not. I hope they pass on both and work on winning the line of scrimmage. That’s where the money is.

  25. Seahawks2620 says:

    I am not sure if this has been already said, however I really like Greg Childs from Arkansas. The kid looks like a potential steal in the fourth round.

  26. HawkfaninMT says:

    Just reading a little blurb about Randle. In an earlier post I compared him to Jordy Nelson, in this linked article the author compares him to a different Packers WR. Donald Driver… I would take that type of career production any day, if it turns out to be a fair comparison.

  27. Eric, why is it that LaMichael James and Seattle are never mentioned in the same discussion? The motor on that kid is amazing. Darren Sproles 2.0 is how I see him.

  28. Any ND athlete = no thanks from me!

  29. Tate was much better than Floyd a few years ago, no? What am I missing? Did Floyd grow up in the last few months and get better in the off season?

  30. bbnate420 says:

    Turbin won’t last til the 4th!

  31. bbnate420 says:

    Hopefully, Chandler Jones in the 1st, David or Wagner in the 2nd, and Turbin in the 3rd. Assuming no trades!!

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