Pete Carroll: Thomas Rawls has 'great shot' at replacing Marshawn Lynch but will have competition

Pete Carroll reiterated Thursday what John Schneider said a day earlier at the Combine, for as excited as the Seahawks are about Rawls, the second-year pro will face competition for the right to replace Marshawn Lynch as Seattle's featured running back.

Given the way he took the NFL by storm as an undrafted rookie a season ago, it is probably safe to assume that Thomas Rawls will be the Seattle Seahawks' starting running back in 2016.

Certainly Pete Carroll sounded like he expects that to be the case.

"Well, Thomas is going to get a great shot at it," Seattle's head coach said when asked if Rawls was the heir apparent to retired superstar Marshawn Lynch  "He did everything he could his rookie season to make a statement that he belongs. We love the style, he's a great kid. I can't imagine that he's not going to be right in the middle of it."

 It was the second part of Carroll's answer, however, that Seahawks fans could find most interesting.

"I don't know who else is going to be added to the team but he's coming in as the guy that we are looking to give the ball to and he's recovering really well," Carroll continued. "I just saw him two days ago, he's in really good shape right now. He's getting ready for it. It's going to be a haul for him but he'll make it for camp and be ready to go and we'll expect a lot out of him.''

Carroll's acknowledgement that the Seahawks may be adding someone else to the roster at running back comes on the heels of John Schneider's comments yesterday, when he said Seattle might bring a "couple of people" in to compete at running back. 

Unlike a year ago (when the running back class was considered a very good one) or next year's class (which at this point looks like a remarkable group), the 2016 draft isn't viewed as particularly deep or gifted at the position - with the obvious exceptions being Ohio State phenom Ezekiel Elliott and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry from Alabama, of course.

It would seem unlikely that Seattle would consider a running back in the first couple of rounds given the club's needs along the line of scrimmage, though certainly Elliott, Henry and Utah's Devontae Booker are intriguing fits due to their uncommon (at least in this class) ability to finish their runs.  Some Day Three candidates to keep in mind are Illinois' Josh Ferguson, Florida's Kelvin Taylor and Illinois State's Marshaun Coprich. 


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