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Why DeeJay Dallas could be late round steal for the Seahawks

DeeJay Dallas was taken 144th by the Seattle Seahawks. Will he be able to make the roster and have fantasy value in his career?

Miami Hurricanes running back DeeJay Dallas looks up on the sideline during the first half against the FIU Golden Panthers at Marlins Park.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Miami running back DeeJay Dallas was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 144th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Misfortune struck the Seahawks last year when multiple running backs suffered season-ending injuries. Will Dallas be an insurance policy or have legitimate fantasy upside. Dallas notched career highs in carries (115), rushing yards (693), and total touchdowns (10) in his third season with the Hurricanes.

Scouting Report

Dallas, a high school quarterback, started off as a wide receiver at Miami before becoming a running back. His production is solid given his limited experience at the position, but he’s not a starting prospect. His versatility, burst, and ability to slip tackles are pluses. However, his instincts as a runner could use some work.

His newness to the position is apparent but he showcases some likable traits in terms of power, physicality, contact balance, hands and a competitive demeanor. If he can become more refined and nuanced then he should be a quality backup running back who claims some touches as an RB2 in the NFL. He forecasts nicely as a special teams ace. — The Draft Network’s Joe Marino

Fantasy football impact

Dallas will be behind the likes of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, who combined for 1,600 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns last season. C.J. Prosise could also be a factor, which isn’t promising for Dallas’ upside. With this many running backs and a mobile quarterback like Russell Wilson who finished with 342 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns last season, it’s safe to say that Dallas will have little to no fantasy impact unless a slew of injuries weaken Seattle’s backfield again. He has a good shot of making the roster as a fourth round pick, but has his work cut out for him otherwise.