In-Depth: A closer look at Seahawks RB Robert Turbin

Get to know Robert Turbin

The Seattle Seahawks drafted by positional need for a change and came away with some serious steals. Many experts are picking apart the Seahawks 2012 draft. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Just like their 4th round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seahawks are used to flying under the radar only to surprise and shock people.

With their 4th round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Robert Turbin – RB – Utah State.

My Assessment

The Seahawks couldn’t have chosen a better back up to Marshawn Lynch. While many people are looking for contrasting running styles in their 2 running backs, the Seahawks are going for consistency with theirs. And by consistency, I mean beating the hell out of the opposing defense the whole game instead of just when Lynch is in.

Turbin, like Lynch, runs hard and hits like a truck, punishing defenders who get in his way or who don’t bring him down on their first attempt. His physical running style allows him to extend plays not with finesse, but with pure power, bowling guys out of the way as he runs through lanes.

Turbin is a north and south runner meaning he doesn’t make too many cuts and isn’t going to juke too many people down field. His power is derived from staying low in contact and focusing all his power, strength and speed in one direction.

He has an infatuation with and is nicknamed The Incredible Hulk and turns into one himself when he hits the field.

Robert Turbin

A closer look at RB Robert Turbin from Utah State - (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

He likes to make his presence known from the beginning of the game.

One of his under-utilized traits are his hands. Yes he can cover the ball well when running, but he is also an exceptional receiver out of the backfield. In fact, he enjoys it. I’m not talking about dump passes just beyond the line, either. He runs full on routes that a wide receiver would, making frequent catches of 20+ yards.

His blocking shouldn’t be an issue after a little bit of coaching. He is as big as many of the linebackers who would be blitzing the quarterback and doesn’t shy away from taking them on. He embraces that aspect of the game.

He is used to carrying multiple defenders down field and even drags piles for extra yardage before going down.

He has deceptive speed that could really hurt defenses. He is not the fastest guy on the field, but when he needs to turn it on, he can hit a second wind in his running that will give him just enough burst to finish long runs or get just past the defenders reach.

His field vision helps him use this speed to take certain angles to ensure he stays ahead of defenders when running open down field.

The only concern I have about Turbin is his knee. He played fine last year after coming back from injury and it looks fine. But after tearing his ACL in the 2010 campaign, it could possibly come back to haunt him.

It’s not a huge concern at all, but it is a concern, nonetheless.

Here’s a closer look at Robert Turbin

College Stats

2011: 249 carries, 1517 yards, 19 touchdowns. 17 catches, 171 yards, 4 touchdowns.

2009: 207 carries, 1296 yards, 13 touchdowns. 30 catches, 418 yards, 5 touchdowns.

You have to a love a guy who is a spitting image of the running back we all love. The best part is that each time this guy gets the ball, he’s not thinking first down. He’s thinking touchdown.


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