Aztecs' Rashaad Penny drafted by Seahawks in first round of NFL Draft

The Seahawks last season had a single rushing touchdown from a running back.

This didn't surprise draft analysts, but they were floored when Seattle used their pick to take Penny, a player many thought would be available in the second or third round.

"I don't mind telling you, this pick fired me up", Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

The Seattle Seahawks had an interesting first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, securing the services of running back Rashaad Penny with their only selection on Thursday, easily the most surprising pick of the day. Flowers also had two interceptions that season. I've been since his USC days because I'm an L.A. kid.

The nation's leading rusher (2,248 yards) last year was not widely regarded as the second-best running back in this year's class, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider told The Seattle Times that Penny was a player in some demand. In 2017, Penny finally got his chance to start.

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Dissly was home in Bozeman when he received the phone call from the Seahawks, stating that it "felt like half the town" was at his draft party. It don't matter what the projections say. La Canfora has previously reported they wanted a first- and third-round pick.

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Schneider and Carroll also made a big deal about Penny's personality, saying he was "humble", "down to earth", and "easy-going".

"I'm one of those guys I came from a realistic program with a realistic head coach".

Not only did the Seahawks select Dickson with their fifth-round selection, they traded up to do so. In that game, Penny had touchdown runs of 23 and 67 yards.

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