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12 Things To Know About Seahawks Running Back Chris Carson

Get to know running back Chris Carson, who the Seahawks selected with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

In his college highlight reel, which is embedded for you in this article, Chris Carson looks plenty like the type of running back the Seahawks covet.

"I'm a physical runner," Carson said via conference call shortly after Seattle made him the No. 249 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. "I like to break tackles, get hard yards. I just like to make people miss and I'm not afraid of contact."

On display in the video above is an explosive play style and ability to run through tackles and over defenders that appears comparable to what players like Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls have brought to Seattle's ground game the past several seasons. But despite the similarities to those two players, the Oklahoma State product doesn't like to relate his game to current NFL talent.

"Growing up, I used to but as of now, I'm trying to make my own name for myself at this point," Carson said. "I want people to compare themselves to me, instead of me comparing myself to others."

The 5-foot-11, 218-pound ball carrier appeared in just five games for Oklahoma State as a senior because of a broken left thumb, rushing for 295 yards and three touchdowns on 79 carries. A junior college transfer, Carson racked up 557 yards and four touchdowns on 131 touches through 12 games played in 2015. 

"I just got excited to see that number pop up," Carson said of the draft-day call he received from Seattle general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. "I talked to the coaches there, and I started crying. I started to tear up a little bit. I'm just blessed to be in this situation."

Aside from Carson's punishing play, here's 12 more things to know about the Seahawks' final pick in the 2017 draft:

1. Nickname?

Carson:"Honestly really just Chris is what they call me."

2. College Major?

Carson:"It was psychology, but I switched it over to universal studies."

3. Hobbies?

Carson: "I like to play basketball, that's my biggest thing I like to do. Off the field I like to just chill and watch T.V., not too much."

4. Favorite T.V. Show?

Carson:"A Different World, and Martin."

5. Favorite Movie?

Carson:"Probably ATL."

6. Athlete You Idolized Growing Up?

Carson: "I was a big LeBron [James] fan in basketball. In college [football] I used to really enjoy watching Reggie Bush. Those are my two big idol people. I didn't really watch the NFL much back in the day."

7. Role Model You Had Growing Up?

Carson: "Probably my dad and my uncle and my mom. Those are three people I always looked up to."

8. Favorite Video Game?

Carson:"It'd probably be Resident Evil 6, or something like that. I don't play video games too much, but that one would be my go-to."

9. Favorite Food? 

Carson: "I'll go with chicken strips. I can get that any place. It's a go-to."

10. City or Country You'd Like To Visit One Day?

Carson: "I've always wanted to go to Iceland. I did a project back when I was in junior college on it and it was interesting. I've always wanted to take a visit there."

11. Aside From The NFL Your Dream Job Would Be?

Carson: "Probably sports psychologist. Just going through a lot of situations I've went through I just like to figure out what goes on in people's minds when they're having droughts or things like that when it comes to sports."

12. Best Advice You've Ever Received?

Carson: "Just to stay humble and to never give up. I've gone through a lot of adversity, so just to keep my head on the right path and keep moving forward."


Photos of new Seahawks running back Christopher Carson from Oklahoma State. 

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