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Miami's Lamar Miller is an interesting choice to say the least and B/R's Matt Miller knows that. He even has a good enough sense of humor to anticipate the likely reaction of 'Hawks fans.
"Seattle fans, feel free to copy and paste this comment, I pre-wrote it for you.
"SEATTLE DOESN'T NEED A RUNNING BACK!!!!!!"
Now that we have that out of the way, Seattle does need a running back. Word at the NFL Scouting Combine was that the team is far apart in contract talks with Marshawn Lynch. While this may not be what Seattle fans want to hear, it's the truth."
When put on the table, it's hard to argue with those statements, especially when paired with the followup points Miller has to offer...
The franchise tag could be looming for Lynch, but it would only be a one-year band-aid for a running back who will be just 26 years old in 2012, but has 1,280 touches in his career. The life-span of a running back tops out at close to 30 years old. Lynch could be expected to play three or four more years, but not at his current productivity.
Another risk in tagging Lynch is losing out on defensive end Red Bryant, who is also a free agent. Given the option of re-signing Lynch or Bryant, Seattle should attempt to keep the defensive end over the running back.
Miller blazed the track at the combine, running a solid 4.39 unofficial 40-yard dash. Combined with his 212 lb.-build and soft hands, Miller is the exciting back Seattle needs to replace or complement Lynch.
The Seahawks do technically need to draft a running back regardless of whether Lynch stays. If "Beast" does stay, he still might not be the answer long-term, hence the need to compliment him with a young set of legs that could spice up the offense.
I follow the logic, but it's not the highest priority at the moment.
The 'Hawks may want more running support on offense, but they need either a quarterback or pass-rusher a little bit more.
With the two best options at quarterback likely gone by the time the 'Hawks pick at No. 12, they will likely shift their attention on a pass-rusher. This was the logic before this weekend and Leroy Hill's arrest.
Adding that wrinkle to the story and the need for the 'Hawks to trade down becomes that much stronger.
In an ideal world, the 'Hawks would be able to move down to the late teens or early 20s and draft a hybrid defensive end/linebacker in the mold of Courtney Upshaw or Melvin Engram to fill at least one pressing need while netting an additional pick to potentially cover another need.