Schmitt to Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have made West Virginia's Owen Schmitt their choice in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks will be revamping their running game in 2008 after releasing Shaun Alexander and bringing in Julius Jones, and have selected Schmitt with an eye toward providing the thumping lead blocking that a power running game requires.

Schmitt, a bruising runner and blocker out of West Virginia, should have a good chance of making the team. Seattle has three other fullbacks on its current roster; Dan Curran, a rising second-year player from New Hampshire, third-year player David Kirtman from USC, and Leonard Weaver, entering his fourth year out of Carson-Newman. However, none of those are household names, and with Seattle looking to rebuild its rushing attack, Schmitt should have as good a chance as any of being the lead blocker in the backfield.

Fifteen-year veteran Mack Strong retired early last season due to a neck injury, leaving a hole at the fullback position that Schmitt will hope to fill.

Seattle picked Schmitt with the 163rd overall selection of the draft. It obtained that pick in a trade from Dallas.

Schmitt is the second Mountaineer to be taken in the 2008 Draft. Backfield mate Steve Slaton was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans.

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