Seattle Seahawks: Should Marshawn Lynch Be Considered a Top 5 NFL Running Back?

Micah ChenAnalyst IIIDecember 13, 2011

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 12:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Before you say anything, I know Marshawn Lynch hasn't been a top-five running back the last five years, heck, I'm not even saying he's been a top-five running back since the beginning of this year.

But over the last six weeks, Lynch has been running like a man possessed.

He has rushed for over 700 yards, averaging roughly 120 yards a game, he has scored nine touchdowns in nine straight games and he has all but lived up to his "beast mode" hype on prime-time football, scoring miraculous touchdowns on several occasions.

A question that hasn't been pondered enough is, does Lynch deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy?

Historically, no, Lynch simply hasn't accomplished enough to earn that.

But if you were making a team right now, and you were competing for a spot in the playoffs, and you had to pick five of the top running backs to put on your team,  would you put Lynch on your team?

Here is what it might look like: Maurice Jones-Drew, McCoy, Michael Turner, Ray Rice... and then who?

Here are the people that would compete for the final spot: Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Arian Foster, and Lynch would be my candidates.

Guys like Matt Forte and Peterson won't be on the list because they're injured and wouldn't help your team if they were suiting up today.

Based on Lynch's performance the last six weeks or so, is there really anyway you can NOT put him ahead of those guys.

I know his name isn't a name that generates a lot of attention and star power like some of these other backs, but based off the pure talent that he has, and the roll that he has been on, it would definitely be a tough decision.

Top 10 running back? No doubt about it. Top 5 running back....

What do you guys think?