The Seahawks presumably are going to run the football more in 2021 than they did in 2020. This means they need to have the right scheme to do so but also need the right players. Rashaad Penny will return in 2021 but he has proven that he gets injured quite a bit and hasn’t proven he can be consistently productive. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are free agents this offseason. Carson needs to be re-signed, but will he be?
Seattle has limited cap space (currently about $4.3 projected to spend) and they also might choose to re-sign Shaquill Griffin and/or linebacker K.J. Wright. Maybe Carson gets hurt too much for Seattle to feel comfortable enough to sign him to a big contract.
Importance of the draft
All this means is that Seattle must find a good running back or two in the 2021 NFL draft. Thankfully, even where Seattle currently stands to take their picks they should be able to get at least one running back who fits their system, can play right away and be productive at the same time.
12s all know the kind of running backs that head coach Pete Carroll likes. He wants big and physical backs that can run bullishly into the middle of the line to try to pick up a few yards, do enough to pick up short-yardage situations and break off a run or two. Seattle isn’t going to choose a back who weighs less than 200 pounds.
Here are five running backs that the Seahawks could take in this year’s draft.