The Seahawks were set to draft at #18, but the worst kept secret in the history of secrets told us that they were looking to trade down, by any means necessary. See, we frittered away our 2nd & 3rd rounders last year in hopes of “winning now” and failed miserably, so now we either pay the piper, or don’t pick at all between 18 and 120. So, KIND of a no-brainer, although there were some really enticing players still hanging around that 18 spot.
The Green Bay Packers originally had the 14th pick, then swapped with the Saints down to the 27th pick. Apparently, the Pack really wanted this cornerback at 18, so they made a move back up. The Seahawks received #27, the 12th pick in the 3rd round (#76) and the 12th pick in the 6th round (#186) (and no, I’m not doing a “12” thing here, but it is a little weird that the Seahawks got the #12 picks in both of those rounds). The Packers received #18 and the 30th pick in the 7th round (#248) (or, 9 picks from the bottom of the draft, so the worse of our two 7th rounders).
Now, for those keeping track at home, here are the updated Seahawks’ picks:
- 1st Round – Rashaad Penny, RB
- 3rd Round – 12th pick
- 4th Round – 20th pick
- 5th Round – 4th pick
- 5th Round – 9th pick
- 5th Round – 19th pick
- 5th Round – 31st pick
- 6th Round – 12th pick
- 7th Round – 8th pick
Figure the Seahawks will probably still trade Earl Thomas, probably for a 2nd rounder. Or, failing that, maybe they package some of these remaining picks (with an outside chance of trading future picks) to get into the 2nd round. One way or another, don’t expect those to be THE final picks when it’s all said and done.
Anyway, Rashaad Penny. He played running back at San Diego State. He was seen by and large as a lower pick (maybe the 2nd or 3rd rounds); he CERTAINLY wasn’t seen by most experts as the second-best running back in the entire draft. But, here we are.
In case you were wondering, I know nothing about the guy. I know nothing about most anyone in the draft. After Saquon Barkley, all the other running backs might as well be named Not Saquon Barkley, because I’m out. That having been said, Penny definitely looks good. Whether that’s First Round Good or not is another question. A lot of people think he could’ve been had much later in the draft. Well, welcome to the fucking Seattle Seahawks draft, where in the early rounds they ALWAYS pick someone who most people believe could be had later in the draft! Don’t act like you’re surprised. Also, for what it’s worth, Pete Carroll and John Schneider said someone called them immediately after selecting Penny, asking if they’d be interested in a trade. So, either Penny is better than most people think, or a bunch of NFL teams were ready to make a huge mistake by taking him really high. I tend to believe the former.
The dude led the nation in rushing last year. He led the nation in broken tackles. He was #2 in explosives among running backs. He had the most yards per carry after contact (which will be EXTREMELY important, considering this offensive line). He’s fast, he runs hard, he doesn’t shy away from contact; but he’s also elusive and can make you miss. He catches the ball well. He returns kicks and is able to return punts. HE DOES IT ALL! Well, except for pass protection, which he’s apparently pretty poor at. But, if I’m being honest, if that’s the ONE thing he isn’t so great at, I’m okay with it. Blocking is something that can be learned. Speed and elusiveness is something you’re born with. He’s also durable; hasn’t missed a game. And, he only had 1 year where he was the bellcow in college, so there’s not a lot of wear & tear on his legs.
I mean, what more can you ask for?
Twitter is dumb, stay-at-home draftniks are dumb, everything in the world is dumb. You don’t know how good Rashaad Penny is going to be. You may think you know, but you won’t know until he gets out there on that field. It says a lot that in a very stacked running back class (a class so stacked, it forced Myles Gaskin to come back to Washington for his senior season) many teams thought Penny was the second best back to be had.
I’m excited! This is EXACTLY what I wanted: a stud running back in the first round. It was time to stop picking running backs off the scrap heap and hoping they’ll bust out. Yes, I understand that you can get good running backs up and down the draft, and taking one in the first round – when you have so many other needs on this roster – could be seen as a misuse of resources. But, sometimes you have to make a statement. Sometimes you have to put your foot down and take a guy you know you’ll be able to depend on. I have no doubt that his health and his good character were maybe two of the most important factors in selecting Penny so high. After the Malik McDowell FUCKING FIASCO, the Seahawks could ill afford to totally flush their top pick of the draft again.
Penny, AT WORST, is still a starting-calibre running back for the next 4 years. With his power, his breakaway speed, his big play ability, the sky is the limit. I’m choosing to be positive on this one, because I want to have a Seahawks running back on my fantasy football team again, and I think FINALLY we’ve found one who’s worthy!