Seahawks running back draft prospects: Combine report

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Potential Seahawks running back targets, post combine.

The Seahawks place emphasis on given size parameters (5’10” + and 215 lbs. +). As well as specific numbers on the vertical jump (35″) and broad jump (10′).  We will focus on players that fit the Seahawks mold.  For full combine results see NFL Combine Results Tracker.

Kalen Ballage – 6’1″ – 228 lbs. – 33.5″ Vertical – 10’2″ Broad – Arizona State

Ballage is a good athlete for his size, and looked fluid in all drills.  He showed solid hands, but double caught the ball on the over the shoulder throws.  The ASU all-purpose back will need to work on wheel routes before his pro day.  He didn’t hit the ideal in his vertical, but did on the broad jump.  Ballage definitely has some skills, but you have to ask with that talent why wasn’t he better on the field?  DeMario Richard started over him at Arizona State.

Nick Chubb – 5’11” – 227 lbs. – 38.5″ Vertical – 10’8″ Broad – Georgia

Nick Chubb looks powerful, but not overly quick laterally. He appears to be tight hipped. Chubb looks like a battering ram, running downhill with excellent build up speed. His hands were solid, but he didn’t look overly comfortable catching the ball.  The former Georgia standout will  be a good north/south runner in the NFL.  He should be a good fit in a zone scheme or straight ahead style.

Royce Freeman – 5’11” – 229 lbs. – 34″ Vertical – 9’8″ Broad – Oregon

I will start off by saying that Freeman fell just short of the explosion numbers the Seahawks usually look for.  Freeman is a big guy.  Although his size was in line with the other players, he looked more muscled.  He is built like Robert Turbin.  The Oregon star was quicker than expected, but not overly fast.  Still showed he is a fluid athlete, and did a nice job catching the ball with his hands, not letting any get into his body.  Freeman is definitely a downhill runner who has built up speed.  Looks like a nice power back in the NFL, may be a 2 down back, but the hands were good enough to keep him out there for all 3 downs.