After surprising many by drafting a running back in the second round, the Seahawks did so again by taking Spencer Ware, a running back from LSU, in the sixth round of the draft.
Ware, who is 5 feet 10, 230 pounds, says he tries to run like Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, which is the same thing that the Seahawks’ second-round pick, Christine Michael from Texas A&M, said on Friday. Ware also played a little fullback as a freshman at LSU and could do the same in Seattle.
Ware rushed for 367 yards (3.9 yards per carry) as a junior last year and scored one touchdown. He said he is familiar with the zone-blocking scheme that Seattle uses along the offensive line.
“I’m just thankful to be given the opportunity,” Ware said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to contribute to the team to make us win.”
Ware was suspended with Tryann “Honey Badger” Mathieu and Tharold Simon, a fifth-round pick by Seattle, while at LSU after testing positive for synthetic marijuana. He was suspended just one game as a sophomore.
He rushed for a career-high 707 yards and eight touchdowns that year, but he was used more as a part-time player as a junior before declaring for the draft early.
“I felt like I personally matured off the field and became a better person in those areas,” he said of his final season. “On the field, I learned a lot of things: How to handle being on the sideline and coming in when your team is depending on you to just block, or when they’ve called your number to get those three yards and then come back out to the sideline. I feel like I capitalized on my opportunities that I had when I was in the game, and I did it 100 percent each and every time.”