A closer look at the areas the Seattle Seahawks could address in the draft. Today we'll look at the running backs, who are scheduled to work out Saturday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: Running back. This is all about the mysterious Marshawn Lynch and what he decides to do. Frankly, I think it's highly unlikely he would retire, but the Seahawks still need to look to the future since Lynch will be starting his ninth NFL season. It's a point where many running start to hit the wall, so to speak, especially when they run with such a physically punishing style like Lynch does. Backup Robert Turbin has played well when he's been in the game, and Christine Michael has promise, but neither has played enough to really know what they could do as a full-time starter.
Three players the Seahawks could target in the draft:
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (6-1, 215): Most mock drafts have Gordon going between 18 to 28 in the first round, so he might not make it to the Seahawks at 31. But considering how running backs have been devalued in recent years, you never know. Gordon's burst at the line of scrimmage is unmatched by anyone. He gets to the point of attack with such quickness that he often reaches the second level before the men on the line know he's by them. But he doesn't always trust his blocking, something that won't fly in offensive line coach Tom Cable's system. And Gordon does put the ball on the turf at times, a big no-no in the Seahawks' philosophy.
Todd Gurley, Georgia (6-1, 225): He would have been long gone by the end of the first round if not the torn ACL he suffered last season, which will cause a lot of teams to shy away. But assuming he comes back healthy, Gurley is the closest thing to a Lynch-type runner in this draft. Before his injury last season, 62 percent of his rushing yards came after first contact. But he's a bit impatient at times, not unusual for young running backs, and he needs to learn to trust his blockers.
Tevin Coleman, Indiana (6-1, 210): A true downhill runner, just the way the Seahawks like it. Like Lynch, he loves contact and isn't afraid to pound right into would-be tacklers. He's fearless with the ball in his hands and can stiff-arm his way past defenders when running wide. He runs a little too upright at times, but he never gives up on a play and runs with reckless abandon. Coleman could be a real sleeper in this draft. He'll get a long look at the combine.