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The Seattle Seahawks took Rashaad Penny with their first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This pick surprised many. Going into the NFL Draft, I gave Penny a late second - early third round grade. Needless to say, taking him at 27th overall was shocking to say the least.
As a prospect, Penny is a well-built, upright runner who runs hard on every snap. He typically has good vision and is one of the most “no nonsense” type of running backs in this class. He is really good at getting downhill quickly and based on my film study, his best trait is his ability to set up his blocks. He does a great job of pressing the hole before making his move.
In my opinion, even though he is a really good kickoff returner, he doesn’t have the versatility to play on third downs just yet. His pass blocking leaves a lot to be desired. Additionally, while he was used as a receiving back on checkdowns and screen passes, I don’t think he has the natural ability to separate while split outside. He did this occasionally with San Diego State, and I’d much rather see him master the playbook as a pure runner before moving him out there.
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