The Seattle Seahawks have managed to get their running back group down to two. This means they are taking a running back in the 2023 NFL draft, right? I mean, Seattle has to add more running backs and what better way to do that than get young and talented backs in the draft?
The way the NFL seems to view running backs as a something close to a kicker or punter nowadays. Sure, those positions are valuable in the short term but do they really make the difference long-term between wins and losses? Hmmm...maybe not so much, thinks the NFL. But let us review this way of thought.
During the 2022 season, of the 14 teams that made the playoffs, five ranked in the top eight rushing teams in the league. Two of those - the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles - were in the NFC Championship game. The point is, while the NFL overall poo-poos running backs, those guys often make the difference between winning and losing important football games.
Seahawks taking running back Bijan Robinson in 2023 NFL draft makes sense
And as we all know, while there is a bit of hyperbole over how much, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll likes to run the ball a bit. Seattle throws the ball more than it runs, but Carroll understands that running the ball effectively is still very important. This is why there must be a reason for the madness of Seattle only having two truly effective backs on its current roster. That reason is that Seattle is going to draft one or three running backs in the 2023 draft, I assume.
One back that would have gone a lot higher in the draft 30 years ago but might fall deep into the first round or beyond now is Texas RB Bijan Robinson. Robinson has ideal size - he is 6-foot and 220 pounds - for a Seattle running back, he is capable of catching passes, and he is very athletic for his size. Robinson makes tacklers miss and does so with ease. So even though Seattle has Kenneth Walker III, it makes sense to add Robinson too. Here is why.