With the 27th pick, the Seahawks take San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny.
Here's our scouting report on Penny: An exceptional return man, he finally got his chance to start at RB as a senior and terrorized the Mountain West. Has very light feet and slipperiness, especially for his size. Possesses the power to pulverize defensive backs.
A closer look at Penny, via STATS Inc.:
Overview: It is uncommon to lose one 2,000-yard rusher and replace him with another one. But that’s what happened at San Diego State, with Penny stepping into the spotlight to replace FBS all-time leading rusher Donnel Pumphrey.
Pumphrey improved his production every season, even rushing for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior despite starting only one game. With Pumphrey in the NFL last season, Penny led the FBS with 2,248 rushing yards and 2,974 all-purpose yards, which earned him a top-five finish for the Heisman trophy.
He finished his college career with a staggering 7.5 yards per carry average and 38 touchdowns, earning consensus All-American honors and conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Analysis: Penny might not be elite in any one area, but he is solid across the board - vision, patience, balance, inside toughness. He finds slivers of daylight and hits them, bursting to the second level with force. Penny trusts the play design and doesn’t waste time in the backfield.
He has improved as a receiver, but his primary flaw is exposed in pass protection, missing blitzers and getting his quarterback hit. However, his value on special teams (tied the FBS record with seven kickoff returns and eight total returns) will be appealing to NFL teams. Penny might not be overly flashy, but he is durable, reliable and the production speaks for itself and he projects as a potential starter at the next level.