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April 27, 2008 2:49 PM

Seahawks draft Justin Forsett, Cal running back

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Here's the link to Justin Forsett's player profile on the league's official draft site. Forsett was chosen with the No. 233 overall pick in the seventh round, the first of Seattle's two choices in the span of three picks.

Forsett performed 26 repetitions in the bench-press test at the scouting combine, an excercise in which prospects are asked to bench 225 pounds as many times as they can.

Carl Stewart of Auburn and Jerome Felton of Furman each performed 30 repetitions, Oregon's Jonathan Stewart performed 28 and Forsett and Schmitt each performed 26 repetitions.

Forsett was a starter only his final year at Cal. Before that he served as Marshawn Lynch's backup. Forsett rushed for 3,220 yards in his college career, No. 3 in school history.

Lynch played on Cal's special teams up until this past season when he became the starter in the backfield.

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Posted by Sparticus

2:53 PM, Apr 27, 2008

Decent for a 7th rounder. Could turn out to be very good in the future.

Posted by -k

2:57 PM, Apr 27, 2008

A much cheeper version of Mo Morris. Not an every down player, but will contribute when given a chance.

Posted by SeaHawker81

3:10 PM, Apr 27, 2008

This guy could turn out to be a really good back in a couple of years. Like everyone has said he's not an every down back, but that is what J Jones is here for. Looks like he should be a great change of pace back.

Posted by Mike

3:26 PM, Apr 27, 2008

Justin Forsett should be used like a Dave Meggett type role. He could line up in a multiple WR set and easily get open and turn on the after burners! I like this pick!!

Posted by Patrick F.

5:47 PM, Apr 27, 2008

I'm just glad we drafted a back, especially for the future.

How did Forsett fall so far? Hopefully he can be one of the steals of this draft.

Posted by NLW

12:14 AM, Apr 28, 2008

There was a time when undersized RBs were popular in the NFL. Dave Meggett, Thurman Thomas, Eric Metcalf, and even, Barry Sanders (although Barry was a pure runner) were this type. Meggett, Metcalf, and Thomas were known for their receiving skills, all purpose RBs. Then, the NFL got back into big bruising backs, the like of Eddie George, Jerome Bettis, Achmad Bradshaw.
Justin Forsett is considered as "small" RB, that's why he fell into 7th round. But, he should do very well for the Seahawks. In a few years time, I predict people would call it a steal.

Posted by Chuck Brooks

6:38 PM, Aug 05, 2008

Justin is going to do well. He will creep up quietly, and then every bodie will notice him.

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