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

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Scouting Report: The reigning Division I rushing champion, Penny is a big back with nimble feet to get creative and the leg drive to churn out yards between the tackles.

Penny was a first-team Associated Press All-America selection and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Carroll expects him to have an immediate impact as a three down back for the Seahawks. It had been previously reported prior to the draft that the team was looking to garner a couple of high round selections in exchange for the 28-year-old.

This time, it included the player they picked - San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny. He also showed his versatility as a pass catcher out of the backfield, and had two kickoff return touchdowns and another TD on a punt return. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Seattle has remained firm on those trade demands heading into the second day of the draft.

Seattle has hit big on a few UDFAs in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era, maybe most notably with receiver Doug Baldwin in 2011 but also with receiver Jermaine Kearse in 2012 and running back Thomas Rawls in 2015, to name a few.

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Penny was asked via conference call with the media if he was surprised at where he was drafted. Wilson was the leading rusher with 586 yards, 346 more than any other player. He's raw in the passing game and will likely have to come off the field on third downs early in his career, but he was a prolific kick returner at the collegiate level. Plenty of backs have tried to fill Lynch's shoes, including Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, Eddie Lacy, Chris Carson and Mike Davis. Either way the draft was fun to watch and very entertaining to watch, now here's what I think of the NFL Draft.

"That definitely means that they need someone in there to help and I am the right guy for that", Penny continued.

Don't get me wrong, Josh Allen has a great arm, just with little accuracy.

OL Skyler Phillips, Idaho State: The 6-2, 315-pounder from Eugene was a four-year starter for the Bengals and saw time at all five spots on the line at some point in his career and attended the Combine and the Senior Bowl.

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