With the NFL draft approaching, it’s time to review the Seahawks’ position groups with an eye on what the team might do once it’s on the clock. Running back appears well stocked already, but fullback is a little more uncertain.
If depth was an issue for the Seahawks at running back in 2016, the team has already taken some significant steps this offseason to fix that problem.
The signing of free agent Eddie Lacy as well as the hoped-for return-to-health of Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise gives Seattle what appears a far more stable running back situation heading into 2017 than in 2016, which was the first year for the Seahawks without Marshawn Lynch.
That might mean Seattle won’t think much about taking a running back in the NFL draft April 27-29. In fact, a look at the overall roster shows how deep the Seahawks appear to be.
Fullback, though, remains a little more uncertain with Malcolm Johnson the only listed fullback on the roster.
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PLAYERS CURRENTLY ON ROSTER
Starters: Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise.
Backups: Alex Collins, Troymaine Pope, J.D. McKissic.
Key offseason losses: None.
Others on roster: Tre Madden, Terrence Magee, Kelvin Taylor, George Farmer.
OVERVIEW: A year ago at this time, the Seahawks had just two running backs on the roster who had carried the ball in a game for them the year before — Rawls and Christine Michael.
Now, Seattle has seven — all but Lacy, Taylor and Madden of those listed above, the latter each on the practice squad last season.
Lacy and Rawls figure to battle for the early-down tailback role with Prosise ticketed for a third-down back role, if not more, depending on how his health holds out.
Collins had some good moments late in the season and Seattle is still high on the potential of Pope, a preseason star last season who returned to the team late in the year before being injured. McKissic also flashed late in the season.
DRAFT NEED (on scale of 1-10): 2. Given the investment in Lacy, the optimism that Rawls will return to his 2015 form and the hope that Prosise will better survive a second season in the NFL, tailback would appear far down the list of Seattle’s needs in the draft. Still, this is regarded as a good draft for running backs and if the Seahawks acquire a few more picks and the board falls a certain way, you never know.
PLAYERS CURRENTLY ON ROSTER
Starter: Malcolm Johnson.
Others on roster: None.
Key offseason losses: Marcel Reece, who finished last season as the team’s fullback, is a free agent and remains unsigned. Will Tukuafu, who ended the season in Injured Reserve, is also unsigned.
OVERIEW: The play of Reece in the wild-card playoff win over Detroit reinforced the value of the position to the Seahawks.
Johnson was signed to the practice squad at midseason after being released by Cleveland, with whom he played 19…