One of the amazing things that happen early in the NFL Draft is the players who become available because a team drafts their replacement. For instance, Colt McCoy is how available from the Browns if anyone wants him, but there’s no way the Seahawks are interested in him.
Instead I’d like us to think about another player, Tamba Bay’s Lagarrette Blount. The former Oregon Duck was replaced when the Bucs selected Doug Martin late in round 1. Martin is a more complete back who will be able to block for the passing game, and catch the ball out the backfield in a way that Blount just can’t.
What Blount does do, is run over defenders with regularity. Blount is essentially a younger version of Marshawn Lynch; a beast of a runner who can handle the load of 20-25 carries per game. He can also average over 4.5 yards per carry and run behind an occasionally porous offensive line.
The Seahawks need a backup running back behind Lynch. While Blount doesn’t offer any sort of counterpunch to Lynch’s style, what he does offer is a back who can take some of the load off Lynch and make sure that he’s still health and productive at the end of the season. Blount is also someone who could carry the load if Lynch should be injured and unable to play for a while.
So what do you think? Is Largarrette Blount a legitimate option for the Seahawks now? Would you even want him in a Seahawk’s uniform given his checkered past?