We're advising waiting until Round 9 in redraft to target Charbonnet, though to tell the truth it is a bit of a guessing game how Pete Carroll will employ his rookie alongside Kenneth Walker. It's not often a team uses a second-round pick on a running back in back-to-back years. Charbonnet showed better passing-game skills in college than Walker and is a bigger back, so it is entirely possible by the end of the year that the rookie is handling the majority of the high-value touches. Early in the year, we're expecting a 1A/1B situation, with Walker in the lead role. Charbonnet is worth a late first-round pick in one-quarterback rookie-only drafts but could fall to Round 2 in Superflex.
Charbonnet flashed three-down ability at UCLA over the past two years, totaling 2,496 rushing yards and 518 receiving yards.
The Seahawks took him 52nd overall in the draft.
Charbonnet joins a backfield with Ken Walker, a 2022 second-rounder who ran for 1,050 yards as a rookie last year.
Walker wasn’t nearly as impressive as a pass catcher, though, making Charbonnet the early favorite for primary passing-down duties this season. We’ll see how big a ball-carrying role he earns.
You shouldn’t count on Charbonnet as a fantasy starter. But he’s an intriguing bench stash who, at worst, is a Walker injury away from a big role.
What We Learned Last YearCharbonnet posted career highs as a senior at UCLA last year with 1,359 rushing yards and 14 rushing TDs on 7.0 yards per carry.He ranked fourth among 168 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and 22nd in elusive rating.Charbonnet was also a big part of UCLA’s passing game, tallying 37 catches and 321 receiving yards. Those marks ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the team.Charbonnet ranked 13th in PFF receiving grade and 31st in yards per route run among 119 qualifying RBs.He also operated as UCLA’s lead back as a junior in 2021, registering 1,137 rushing yards and 13 TDs on 203 carries (5.6 YPC), plus 24 catches for 197 yards (8.2 YPC).Charbonnet opened his college career at Michigan. He led the team (ahead of Hassan Haskins) with 149 carries and 726 rushing yards as a true freshman. But Charbonnet fell behind Haskins and freshman Blake Corum in 2020 and ultimately decided to transfer to UCLA.Charbonnet checked into the Combine at a sturdy 6’0 and 214 pounds. He registered a 4.53-second 40 time to go along with 75th-percentile broad jump and 80th percentile vertical. Charbonnet earned an 87th-percentile Relative Athletic Score.The Seahawks made Charbonnet the 52nd overall pick and third RB off the board in this spring’s draft.What to Expect in 2023Charbonnet joins the Seahawks backfield alongside Ken Walker.Walker was the 41st overall pick of last year’s draft.He was excellent as a runner last year, ripping off 1,050 yards on 4.6 yards per carry and ranking 11th among 48 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus’ rushing grades.But Walker underwhelmed in the passing game, finishing with 27 catches for 165 yards (6.1 YPC) and 0 TDs. He ranked 42nd among 43 qualifying RBs in yards per route run.Here’s how Charbonnet and Walker stacked up in their final college seasons in key rushing and receiving metrics:
Shortly after the draft, HC Pete Carroll called Charbonnet a “complement” to Walker and highlighted the rookie’s ability in the passing game. Charbonnet looks like the early favorite for passing-down snaps this season.Seattle returns OC Shane Waldron and QB Geno Smith. This was a pass-leaning offense last year, ranking:12th in pass ratefifth in situation-neutral pass rateeighth in pass rate over expectedSeahawks RBs totaled the 25th most PPR points and 19th most non-PPR points last year.Charbonnet will play behind an offensive line that last year ranked:18th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades30th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards24th in ESPN’s run block win rateSeattle didn’t make any significant additions to the O-line this offseason. But OTs Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas both turned in solid rookie seasons last year and are candidates to take steps forward in 2023.
Charbonnet was selected in the second round of April's draft. It was a rough landing spot for the UCLA product, as his best-case scenario may now be a committee attack along with Kenneth Walker III in Seattle. Charbonnet is a big back with solid speed and three-down ability who can be a plus as a rusher, receiver and blocker. After transferring from Michigan, he produced at least 225 touches, 1,300 yards and 13 TDs in both seasons at UCLA. He ended up with 39 TDs in 41 collegiate games, though his YAC and elusiveness numbers were more pedestrian than good. Charbonnet will have a role in Seattle, but with Walker taking on a large share of the carries, he's unlikely to provide consistent flex value. He's an elite insurance option, though, and should be stashed on benches.