By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
My last article regarding the Seattle Seahawks and the 2018 NFL Draft talked about their history of trading out of the first round. Well, this year there was a trade where Seattle traded out of the 18th pick, however, the Seahawks shocked their fans by actually using the 27th pick.
Seattle used that 1st round pick to get San Diego State University running back Rashaad Penny. Penny was the nation’s leading rusher with 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also very good on special teams, returning 2 kick returns for TDs, and 1 punt return for a TD. Penny was fifth in Heisman voting this year.
To some, taking him in the 1st round was a stretch, seeing him as a 2nd to 3rd round player. Others were thrilled to pick him up before someone else grabbed him.
Schneider on Rashaad Penny: “Great kid… dynamic kickoff returner, just incredible special awareness and instincts. We’re really excited.” Carroll echoes those comments, adds that he also loves how humble and excited Penny is. pic.twitter.com/MDzupNv8Zs
— Stacy Jo Rost (@StacyRost) April 27, 2018
It looks like Rashaad and his family were pretty excited too.
INCREDIBLE… the moment #SDSU running back Rashaad Penny found out he was being drafted in the 1st round, number 27 overall, by the Seattle #Seahawks. @pennyhendrixx #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/16lUDWkpZw
It is understandable why Seattle was looking at running backs. When your quarterback is your top rusher in a season, you have some serious problems. With the entire backfield having injury issues, General Manager John Schneider said finding a player that is durable was key.
Many fans were looking to improving the offensive line or the defense in the first round, however, the Seahawks offensive line should be improved this year with the return of veteran tackle Duane Brown, T George Fant, and the addition of guard D.J. Fluker.
Seattle added a 3rd and 6th round pick when they traded with the Green Bay Packers, moving back to the 27th pick. One would assume they would address those other needs later in the draft.
Oh, and yes, I expect Seattle to do more trading of picks in the next few days.
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