Chris Carson (2017-7th round)
The full story of Chris Carson as a member of the Seahawks has not been written. But this much is known: Carson has far exceeded the expectations he had coming out of Oklahoma State in 2016. Carson was a seventh round selection and was expected to be part of the Seattle running rotation instead of the lead back but his performance changed that in preseason.
Carson is the perfect fit for a Pete Carroll-type tailback. He is big enough but not overly huge, quick but not overly fast, but eats yards and, the most important part, simply finds it as a personal affront to be tackled. Carson would rather run through a defender or leap over him than go down easily.
Carson ranks 8th on the Seahawks list of all-time rushing leaders but with a couple of more productive seasons – even with relatively limited expectations – could be fifth. Carson was re-signed this offseason to be Seattle’s lead back again in 2021 and 2022. He will be 27 years old during the 2021 season so by 2023 he will be just 29. This means he could be in Seattle for four or more years, barring injury.
Also, Carson needs the ball more in 2021 than he got in 2020. He should be a great fit in offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s system. Carson can catch and run so I expect a huge year from Carson this coming season.