Seahawks fifth draft selection: Dameon Pierce, RB
The Seahawks have struggled in the running game since Marshawn Lynch left. Chris Carson is a great player but has been about as durable as a glass of wine during a work Christmas party.
Rashaad Penny has failed to break the bust label. Relying on Chris Carson coming off next surgery, an aging Alex Collins and backup in DeeJay Dallas would be a pivotal mistake going into next year. The team needs a fresh body to help push the unit into the next stage.
Drafting Dameon Pierce this late in the draft could do just that. He is a living embodiment of what the Seahawks want to do with the football. Elusiveness to a point but doesn’t shy away from contact. True smash-mouth football to move the chains.
Pierce is a tone-setter whose abilities have been criminally underutilized in Florida. He has a low center of gravity with excellent contact balance. His one-cut mentality allows him to destroy teams both between the tackles and outside.
Oftentimes, talented running backs fail to create playing time because they struggle in pass blocking. Pierce is one of the top pass-blocking running backs in the draft class. He has sure-fire RB2 written on him with the untapped potential to be a true bell-cow.
This late in the draft, he has everything you can ask for in a running back. A true gem.