NFL Draft: Rashaad Penny joins Seattle Seahawks with 27th pick

San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny right was drafted 27th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday April 26

Seattle traded away their fifth-round (pick no. 156) and one of their seventh round selections (pick no. 226) to move up seven places and draft the 6-foot-3 Australian punter.

Oddly enough, it was a surprise to many when the NCAA's 2017 rushing leader out of San Diego State University was selected in the first round, 27 overall, by the Seattle Seahawks in this year's 2018 NFL Draft.

Seattle went into Thursday night with the No. 18 pick, but traded back in a deal with the Packers (as was expected for a team that typically trades back and was without a second- or third-round pick).

The nation's leading rusher (2,248 yards) last year was not widely regarded as the second-best running back in this year's class, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider told The Seattle Times that Penny was a player in some demand.

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"I dreamed of this for so long and it finally came", Penny said.

The update comes after Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seemingly downplayed the potential for Thomas to get moved during an interview with KJR's Dave Mahler last week.

Rashaad Penny led the NCAA in rushing last season. He was the second of three running backs to go in the first round this year, slotting in 25 picks behind second overall pick Saquon Barkley and four spots ahead of Georgia's Sony Michel. Even more than his predecessor, Penny looks like he could have a career reminiscent of another Aztec great, Marshall Faulk. "I'm excited. I know they need the help and like I said, I'm the guy for it".

The reactions of the on-air broadcasters may have predicted how the National Football League draft grades were going to look for the Seahawks. La Canfora has previously reported they wanted a first- and third-round pick. That's a lot of experience to give up in one offseason.

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