The Seahawks selected UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet with the 52nd pick of the 2023 draft, their second of two picks in the second round.
Charbonnet, who began his college career at Michigan before transferring to UCLA to be closer to home, was a second-team AP All-American as an all-purpose player and first-team All-Pac-12 selection last year, rushing for 1,359 yards and 14 touchdowns on 195 carries, averaging 6.97 yards per carry. He also caught 37 passes for 321 yards.
In 2021, the 6-foot-1, 214-pound Charbonnet rushed for 1,137 yards and 13 scores on 203 carries while adding 24 catches for 197 yards.
"As a runner, just a physical running style," he said when asked to describe his game. "Downhill, one-cut is the type of game I play, but also have the ability to make someone miss and catch out of the backfield. Just another type of player I am, I can plug in wherever I am. Special teams, anything the team needs me to, so that's the type of player Seattle is getting and that's the type of player I am going to be when I get up there.
"I know the type of person that I am going to bring to the team. I'm going to work hard every single day. My main focus all of the time is to be the hardest worker in the building. That's something they are going to get. They are going to get someone that is physical as well and like you said, being able to run the ball and catch the ball out of the backfield. That's another type of person they are going to get too, but definitely my mentality is what they are going to get."
Charbonnet adds depth to a running back room that features 2022 second-round pick Kenneth Walker III, who led all rookies with 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns last season, as well as DeeJay Dallas. With Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer both leaving in free agency earlier this offseason, the Seahawks needed more running back depth even with Walker coming off a big rookie season.
Take a look at photos of running back Zach Charbonnet during his two years at Michigan (2019-2020) and two years at UCLA (2021-2022). Charbonnet was selected by the Seahawks with the 52nd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.