No more trading down this time for the Seattle Seahawks. After moving from #18 to #27, John Schneider and the Seahawks front office chose San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny, who was not just an outstanding rusher in college, but a beast on special teams, returning eight kicks for touchdowns.
Pete Carroll emphasized that he wanted the Seahawks to have a better run game after the disastrous 2017 season, but I don’t think many expected Seattle to be just the second team to take a running back in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Seattle’s only other first-round running back draft picks are Curt Warner and Shaun Alexander, both of whom were fantastic players for the Seahawks in their respective primes. One can only hope Penny can be the future of Seattle’s rushing attack.
Here’s how Twitter reacted, and as you might expect, there was a lot of surprise:
WHOA— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) April 27, 2018
I believe this is the first first-round pick in the history of the Seahawks franchise.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) April 27, 2018
OH MY GOD— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) April 27, 2018
LOL— DAVIS HSU (@DavisHsuSeattle) April 27, 2018
I like Rashaad Penny. I don't like him in the first round.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) April 27, 2018
(I guess this is what I've said about every first-round running back the last few years.)
Whoa ... #Seahawks have taken RB Rashaad Penny from San Diego State.— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) April 27, 2018
The fuck?— Jacson A. Bevens (@JacsonBevens) April 27, 2018
Watched Penny a lot. Was huge in the bowl game for SDSU. Small, but can run THROUGH PPL— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) April 27, 2018
Let the revolt begin— glenjamin (@weekapaug009) April 27, 2018
Penny, Prosise, McKissic & Carson. Behold the 40 personnel offense— (@jacobstevens) April 27, 2018
I just screamed in pain— ben (@guga31bb) April 27, 2018