Analysis: Kenneth Walker Gives Seahawks Much-Needed Backfield Insurance Policy

Heading into the draft, running back didn’t necessarily stand out as one of the Seahawks more pressing needs. The team re-signed Rashaad Penny in free agency and even if Chris Carson didn’t bounce back from neck surgery, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer remained on the roster.

However, with Seattle known for deploying a balanced offense with more emphasis on the ground game than most NFL teams, Penny being on just a one-year deal, and Carson’s health up in the air at this point, general manager John Schneider threw his annual draft week curveball by using one of the team’s two second round selections to select Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III with pick No. 41.