- Seattle wanted to get more speed on defense, and they achieved that by drafting the most pure pass rusher in the draft in West Virginia's Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall. Irvin ran a blazing, 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and totaled 22.5 sacks during his two seasons at West Virginia. Coach Pete Carroll said he'll back up pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons, and play opposite him on third down. Carroll also drafted a quarterback for the first time since he's been in Seattle, selecting Wisconsin signal-caller Russell Wilson in the third round. The Seahawks like Wilson's skill set and leadership skills. And even though Seattle signed Matt Flynn to a multi-year deal in free agency, Wilson will get an opportunity to show how he fits into the quarterback competition with Flynn and Jackson once training camp begins in July. BEST PICK: Running back Robert Turbin: The Seahawks needed a backup running back to ease the load for Marshawn Lynch, and they get another bruising runner in Turbin. - The Sports Xchange
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Stout and well muscled, Turbin is a powerful-looking physical specimen with arms as strong as most legs. But his legs and feet are another issue, not a great sign for a runner.
He sat out 2007 with an injured foot and missed 2010 because of a torn ACL. But before and after those injuries he looked every bit the part of a future NFL star.
In 2009 he set records with 1,296 rushing, 418 yards receiving and 18 total touchdowns. After returning in 2011 from knee surgery, he broke his 09 record by rushing for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns and catching 17 passes for 171 yards and four more scores.
He runs with good initial explosion (36-inch vertical jump, 10' 6" broad jump), toughness (28 reps with 225 pounds in bench press) and has a deceptive second gear to fool defenders (reportedly a best of 4.42 seconds in 40 yards).
Although concerns over durability will keep him down on some draft boards, his combination of initial burst, power and reliability as a receiver and blocker may get him selected early and then should get him on the field as a rookie. If he can stay healthy, he has the various abilities to be an outstanding NFL back.
Strengths: Possesses good burst to and through the hole. A patient runner with good vision and burst for the cutback. Squares his shoulders and can knock the defender back onto his heels. Good leg drive and forward lean to gain extra yardage after contact. Shows a surprising burst to beat linebackers to the edge. Can plant his foot in the ground and explode, showing better straight-line speed than you'd expect for a back of his size. Shows good hands and concentration as a receiver. Looks natural catching the ball. Cognizant and physical pass blocker who will square up the hard-charging linebacker in the hole to buy his quarterback time. Possesses a short, squatty frame conducive to tough inside running. Dedication to the weight room is obvious based on an upper body build as impressive as any running back in the country (with the possible exception of Alabama's Trent Richardson)...
Weaknesses: Possesses surprising burst for a back of his build but despite some long runs over his career has limited straight-line speed and can be caught from behind. Is much more explosive in his upfield burst than laterally, especially following the 2010 season in which he tore his ACL. Is a bit top-heavy. Possesses broad shoulders and a heavily muscled up upper-body but only average base. Durability concern. Missed the entire 2010 season with the torn ACL and redshirted in 2007 wih a foot injury, each of which will require a closer look by team doctors at the Combine. Questionable level of competition...