Zach Charbonnet selected in second round of 2023 NFL Draft
Zach Charbonnet was still on the board heading into Day 2 of the NFL Draft, but he would not stay there for long.
With the 52nd overall pick (21st pick in the second round), the Seattle Seahawks selected Charbonnet to add to their backfield. He was the third RB off the board in this year’s draft behind Texas’ Bijan Robinson and Alabama’s Jahmyr Gibbs, both of which were first-round selections.
The selection is an interesting one for the Seahawks. Kenneth Walker III was a rookie last season and starred when thrust into the starting lineup, but it could be a move for elite depth at the position entering 2023.
After beginning his career at Michigan, Charbonnet transferred to the Bruins and had an immediate impact for UCLA. He had back-to-back seasons with 1,100+ yards rushing, including 1,359 yards and 7 yards per carry in 2022.
Across his UCLA career, Charbonnet rushed for 2,496 yards with 27 touchdowns while adding 518 yards receiving. In the modern NFL game, Charbonnet has shown enough versatility between the tackles and as a receiver out of the backfield to potentially evolved into a 3-down back.