Part 2 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27.
Past posts: Quarterbacks.
Today: Running backs:
Depth Chart: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic, Bo Scarbrough.
Need: Medium to low.
Expectations: Seattle could be in the marke for a No. 3 running back.
Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at running back for Seattle.
Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).
Seattle went from being one of the worst rushing teams in 2017 to leading the NFL in that category last season thanks to the rapid development of a largely pieced together offensive line and running back Chris Carson. The former seventh-round pick rushed for 1,151 yards to become the team's first 1,000-yard back since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 (1,306).
Uncertainty at the position last year after Carson played just four games because of a broken leg led Seattle to select Rashaad Penny in the first round of the 2017 draft.
Penny, injured early on, could never supplant Carson, who fits the mold of a hard-nosed runner coach Pete Carroll likes to revolve his running game around. Penny, on the other hand, offers more breakaway speed.
The No. 3 running back, however, remains a big question mark. Mike Davis, who rushed for 514 yards last season, got scooped up in free agency by Chicago.
Seattle has been waiting for the electrifying C.J. Prosise to pay off since selecting him with a third-round pick in 2016. But numerous injuries have limited him to 192 rushing yards in 16 games over three seasons. Can the Seahawks continue to wait on him?
J.D. McKissic, who also returns kicks, caught 34 passes in 2017 but was limited to five games last season because of injury.
Seattle picked up Scarbrough late last season as insurance depth.
If Seattle is committed to either Prosise or McKissic being the No. 3 running back then there is no need to burn a draft pick on a new project. With a 1,000-yard back and a recent first-round pick on the team, drafting a running back at all appears to be quite unlikely.
However, given that Prosise and McKissic are hardly proven commodities, Seattle could do well to improve the depth here through the draft but only if the Seahawks are able to trade down to acquire more picks. Using one of their four current picks at this position would be too redundant at this point.