RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks selected running back Kenneth Walker III from Michigan State at No. 41 in the second round of the NFL draft.

There was debate surrounding who would be the top running back this year — Walker, or Breece Hall from Iowa State. Hall ended up going to the jets ahead of Walker as the 36th overall pick. But Walker is still the first Spartan to be drafted this year, and the program’s first since 2020. He’s also the highest draft pick since 2002.

He started his college career at Wake Forest before coming to East Lansing and making a name for himself. Walker previously wasn’t even on the prospect radar but became the Spartans’ first player to win the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s best running back. Now, the former MSU running back will look to fill a hole in the Seahawks’ roster that was left by the all-time franchise great Bobby Wagner.

The drafting of Walker immediately raises questions about the health of running back Chris Carson after he underwent neck surgery last season.

The picks also showed Seattle wasn’t interested in any of the quarterbacks that were still available.