Seahawks wheel and deal to get RB Rashaad Penny
The Seattle Seahawks traded thier 18th pick in the 1st round to Green Bay to move back to 27 (and collect a 3rd round pick)–this surprised no one. What was unexpected was the Hawks pulling the trigger on running back Rashaad Penny.
“You know exactly who he is when you watch the tape. I don’t think there are going to be any surprises when you get him into our league because you know he is going to make guys miss and he’s going to run hard every snap.” — NFC team regional scout
The consensus opinion was that there were a lot of running backs in this year’s draft, and surely the Seahawks would pick up a RB later in the draft, right? Nope!
The Hawks grabbed San Diego’s super star to replace a wretched backfield. The Seahawks have been looking everywhere to replace Marshawn Lynch after his retirement. They looked to Eddie Lacy as a free agent and a host of draft picks that included Chris Carson, CJ Prosise, and Alex Collins. As well, they gave Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls, and JD McKissic good long hard looks, but none seemed to impress.
So they turn to Penny who last year climbed to 5th all-time in the NCAA for most total yards from scrimmage. Last year, Penny had 2,248 yards, for 7.8 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns.
At 5’11 and 220lbs, Penny is considered a bigger RB with decent 4.46 speed. He is a power back with tremendous lower body strength. His basic weakness is breakaway speed, but since the Hawks are looking for a grinder rather than a home run threat, this isnt that much of a problem.