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2015 NFL Draft: Thomas Rawls signs with the Seattle Seahawks

After a long and winding college career that had many a bump to say the least, Rawls looks to start over in Seattle.

Thomas Rawls just keeps looking forward. He'll take his field vision to Seattle.
Thomas Rawls just keeps looking forward. He'll take his field vision to Seattle.
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After a much-maligned 2014 campaign, Thomas Rawls will look to start his career as a Seattle Seahawk, after being signed as an UDFA.

The transfer from Michigan certainly was polarizing but unfortunately it had more to do with his off the field issues rather than his play on it. He was suspended for two games after being charged with three felonies and did not play in that extremely entertaining Bahama's Bowl, where CMU almost did the impossible, because of academic issues. He also had a knee issue at the end of the year.

Despite all of these transgressions, Rawls was a very productive back when he was on the field. He only played in nine games (six starts) but still finished with 1,103 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named to the Second Team All-MAC. He had a career high 270 rushing yards with two scores against NIU and also carried the ball for 40 times again against Ohio.

At the Combine he didn't wow anyone with his 4.65 40 time but did manage to jump a 35.5 inch vertical and did 15 reps of 225 on the bench. He greatly improved his 40 time during his Pro Day running both a 4.42 and a 4.5.

If Rawls can stay on the field than Seattle got a great value here. He sure will have an opportunity to learn from the best as he will be behind the one and only beast mode.

NFL.com compares him to Ahmad Bradshaw which is not too shabby.