Seahawks take Penny in 1st round — Surprise

Seahawks will be among league leaders in total distance traveled in 2018

Seahawks will be among league leaders in total distance traveled in 2018

San Diego State's Rashaad Penny was selected by the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night.

Penny, the second running back picked in the draft behind Saquon Barkley (No. 2 to New York Giants), led FBS a year ago in rushing yards (2,248), rushing yards per game (172.9), all-purpose yards (2,974) and all-purpose yards per game (228.8), and was second in rushing touchdowns (23), total touchdowns (28), points (168), points per game (12.9) and rushing yards per carry (7.78, min. 175 att.). He led the nation in rushing last season with 2,248 yards and scored 38 rushing touchdowns over the past three seasons. He also added 23 rushing touchdowns with two receiving touchdowns.

The Seahawks surprise many by tabbing the dynamic Aztec playmaker as its first selection.

He was named Associated Press All-America first team, one of the highest honors in college football.

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Throughout his playing career at SDSU, Penny was often compared to another Aztec great, Marshall Faulk.

Penny ranked second among draft-eligible running backs in elusive rating in 2017 (128.6). Last season, he broke Faulk's school record all-purpose rushing yards in single game.

In what has become a draft-day tradition around Seahawks headquarters, Pete Carroll has taken to social media to deliver a series of "draft clues" leading up to the start of this year's event.

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