The Seahawks solidified their running back room with the selection of UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet with the 52nd pick in the second round. This is as close to the one, two-punch Pete Carroll was looking to produce when he drafted Rashaad Penny in 2017 to complement Chris Carson. A backfield of Kenneth Walker III and Charbonnet gives Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron plenty of options. This is also the second straight year the Seahawks have selected a running back in the second round.
6-1 / 220 / Running Back Camarillo, Calif. Michigan / Oaks Christian School
Appeared in and started 10 games (not Alabama State, Arizona State, Pitt) led the nation in all-purpose yards per game (168.0) and topped the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (135.9 – fourth in FBS) .His 6.97 yards per carry mark ranked fourth nationally and topped the Pac-12 He ran for 100-yards in eight games (not South Alabama or USC)
Became the ninth Bruin to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons Posted season-best 198 rushing yard performances against both Utah and Stanford … Became just the second Bruin to rush for at least 150 yards in three straight games (Utah, Oregon-151, Stanford) Ran for three scores in games against Colorado, Stanford and Arizona … concluded the regular season third on the team in receptions, with 37 Had season-best nine catches against Arizona FWAA first-team All-America all-purpose player named fi rst-team All-Pac-12 running back by the league coaches and Pro Football Focus
Selected second-team All-America running back by CBS Sports also second-team All-America all-purpose player by Associated Press, PFF, and The Sporting News S.emifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and the Walter Camp POY Award.
WHAT TO LIKE
Charbonnet is a big back at 6’0 214 pounds with good hands and can run over people once he gains some steam. His ability to run between the tackles will help Walker. Think of him as a bigger and faster Travis Homer. Look for Charbonnet to feature on third down
WHAT NOT TO LIKE
While he can accelerate Charbonnet is slow-footed when it comes to accelerating between the tackles. That seems more of a recognition issue that Seahawks running back coach Chad Morton can fix.