Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch. These are arguably the best running backs in the NFL today and the Seattle Seahawks can count their lucky charms that they can claim one of them as their own.
For three consecutive seasons, Lynch has rushed for over 1,200 yards, picking up at least 63 first downs in the process. He’s also scored a minimum of 10 rushing touchdowns each year. That puts him in some very exclusive company. During that stretch he has only sat out one regular season game.
While these are some of the gaudiest numbers for any running back in the league, they cannot last forever. Lynch will turn 28 in April and it’s rare for a power back to see his production stay even past that age. GM John Schneider knows that one day the Beast will have to be put out to pasture, and the current crop of backups is less than awe-inspiring. Robert Turbin averaged only 3.4 yards per carry in 2013, and rookie Christine Michael never even saw the field unless the outcome was already decided.
Does this mean that the Seahawks have reservations about C-Mike? If he’s the running back of the future why didn’t he see more snaps?
If Schneider decides that Lynch needs more talent behind him then the 2014 draft would be a good place to start. There are a number of dazzling prospects coming up from the college ranks that could be capable running partners with Russell Wilson. Here’s a list of the top ten.
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