With the 249th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have chosen running back Chris Carson out of Oklahoma State. Carson rushed for 559 yards in nine games last season, with 6.8 YPC, nine touchdowns on only 82 carries, and 13 catches for 128 yards in the “we don’t play defense” Big 12.
He is 6’1, 215 lbs, ran a 4.58, had a 37” vertical, and a 10’10 broad jump.
Carson is an immediate winner of the eyeball test, but that hasn't always been true of his running style. His shift from finesse to a more power-based running style fits his size and physical attributes and gives him a better shot of playing on Sundays. Carson is suited to a downhill attack that allows him to be the hammer rather than the nail, but he's unlikely to create for himself with elusiveness or speed. If Carson works out well, he could hear his name called on Day 3.
Seahawks positional needs (in no particular order):
- Cornerback (taken one)
- Safety (taken three)
- Defensive tackle (taken two)
- Offensive line (taken two)
- Wide receiver (taken two)
- Linebacker (taken one?)
- Quarterback (taken zero)
Seahawks picks so far:
35. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
58. Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU
90. Shaquill Griffin, CB, UCF
95. Delano Hill, S, Michigan
102. Nazair Jones, DT, UNC
106. Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
111. Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
187. Mike Tyson, S, Cincinnati
210. Justin Senior, T, Mississippi State
226. David Moore, WR, East Central (OK)
249. Chris Carson, RB, Oklahoma State
For comprehensive breakdowns, analysis, and reactions to the previous picks, check out our running live blog of day 3 of the draft.