Now that Marshawn Lynch has retired the Seahawks find themselves needing a running back. The team should be good with Russell Wilson back under center but Lynch will leave some big shoes to fill in the backfield. Picking at #26 in the first round of the NFL Draft later this month Seattle will be in range to select Alabama running back Derrick Henry. The team has already met with him at the Combine and his pro day. Henry would be a good fit if the Seahawks decide to go with him.
Henry won the Heisman Trophy in 2015 at Alabama. He’s projected to be the second running back taken in the draft behind Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State. Most experts have the Crimson Tide RB projected to go in the second round but with Seattle’s need at the position he wouldn’t be that big of a reach at #26 in round one.
The Seahawks will be using one of their thirty pre-draft visits on Henry and he will be coming to Seattle to meet with the team in the next few weeks before the draft.
At 6’3 245 pounds Henry is a monster for a running back. He had 2,219 yards and 28 TDs last season en route to a National Championship. Like Lynch he’s a downhill runner and could easily become the starter in week 1.
Seattle will also need help on the offensive line and could target Texas A&M OT Germain Ifedi at #26 if that’s the direction they go in. The Seahawks pick again at #56 in round two but Henry could already be off the board by then. Illinois RB Josh Ferguson, Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon or Arkansas RB Alex Collins could be an option in second or third round. Collins has a similar style as Lynch and is considered a poor man’s Derrick Henry.
There is still a lot of time until the draft later this month and we will have to wait and see how things shake out.