Seahawks select Aztecs running back at number 27

New Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny led the nation in rushing yards in 2017

New Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny led the nation in rushing yards in 2017

But then again, what do they know?

A year ago in college football, there was no one more productive at running back than Penny. So we certainly can't call this pick a blunder.

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While the Seahawks traded back from No. 18 overall to No. 27 in a swap with the Packers, Schneider said he would have selected Penny at 18. CBS gave the pick a C, and that was the high point. Last season no Seahawks running back had more than 240 yards, or more than 69 carries.

But despite those numbers, some figured Penny as more of a second- or third-rounder, due in part to questions whether playing in the Mountain West Conference helped inflate his stats. Not only did Seattle use a 1st-rounder on Penny, but they selected him ahead of Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

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The Seahawks' selection of Penny was followed by another surprise - at least for general manager John Schneider. "Rashaad said he wanted to go to the Seahawks".

It's only the third time in team history Seattle has taken a running back in the first round, the others being Curt Warner in 1983 (third overall) and Shaun Alexander in 2000 (19th).

Seattle had hopes for promising rookie Chris Carson, but he was sidelined by an ankle injury early in the season and never made it back.

One guy who is really excited about the pick though is Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll who told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times that "I don't mind telling you, this pick fired me up".

Bleacher Report described the pick a little differently, calling it "unconventional". In that game, Penny had touchdown runs of 23 and 67 yards. With an unconventional pick, the Seahawks voted that their best option to solve the issue was with an addition to their backfield.

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ESPN's Brady Henderson viewed the pick more favorably. Last season they appeared desperately in need of someone to fill that role and after last night, it looks like Penny could definitely be that player. You can't feel too bad about that even if more pressing needs remain.

"We didn't expect this", Penny said in his first interview with Seattle media.

Rodger Sherman of the Ringer was ... not enthused about the pick.

"I'm a patient runner", Penny said.

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