Former San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. After taking over as the primary running back for D.J. Pumphrey in 2017, Penny led the nation with 2,248 yards on 289 carries, and scored 23 touchdowns.
The Seahawks scored just one rushing touchdown from the running back position in all of last season. The senior also scored two kick return touchdowns and one punt return touchdown, and was named a first-team Associated Press All-American.
Penny becomes the Aztecs ninth first-round pick in school history and SDSU’s first in 20 years. He joins NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the only Aztec running backs to be taken in the first round. Penny was the second running back to be taken in this year’s draft after Penn State’s Saquon Barkley was selected second overall by the New York Giants.
The Seahawks traded back from the 18th overall pick in a deal with the Green Bay Packers earlier in the night, picking up a third- and sixth-round pick in the process.