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April 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

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Seahawks, 4th round: RB Robert Turbin, Utah State

Seattle used the first of its two fourth-round picks on running back Robert Turbin of Utah State. The Seahawks selected Turbin with the 11th pick of the fourth round, No. 106 overall.

Turbin is 5 feet 10, 222 pounds, and he tested as one of the strongest running backs at the scouting combine. He bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times at the scouting combine, tied with Boise State's Doug Martin for most among all running backs.

He had a 36-inch vertical leap and was timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Turbin missed the 2010 season after suffering a torn knee ligament, and he entered the NFL after his junior season. He is from Fremont, Calif., which is near San Jose.

Turbin was watching the draft at home with his father when he found out the Seahawks would be selecting him. He said he had hoped to be picked earlier, but "everything worked out the way it was supposed to."

Turbin had a year of eligibility remaining, but had been at the school five years and had already earned his degree when he entered the draft. He was the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year in 2011 after rushing for 1,517 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns.


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