Seahawks select USC defensive lineman Rasheem Green with third-round pick

Posted April 29, 2018

Much as the Seahawks previously accomplished with players such as DeShawn Shead, the team hopes fifth-round draft pick Tre Flowers will become the latest to pull off the hard transition in the secondary. We've seen the moves and the cuts he needs to show us (in) that stuff we like to do in a big way that includes Russell's factor.

Penny finished his senior year with 2,248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 289 carries. Seattle has one pick in the fourth round, four fifth-round picks, one in the sixth round and two in the seventh round.

Penny led the nation in running last season, though a lot of projections had him not getting drafted until the second round. But the start of the draft has ramped things up, with draft picks as more urgent trade capital and teams perhaps facing an unfulfilled need at safety by the end of the weekend. For three years Penny was stuck behind Donnel Pumphrey, the all-time FBS leading rusher, on the San Diego State depth chart.

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In the process, Penny seized his opportunity and vaulted himself into a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Armed with the height, arm length (33 7/8 inches), and speed (4.45 40-yard dash) Seattle covets at the position, Flowers checks off numerous prerequisites necessary to play cornerback for the Seahawks.

"I just think the fact the guy doesn't have quite as much wear and tear, can score from anywhere on the field, great hands", Schneider said.

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The Seahawks' running backs combined for a Rushing Success Rate of 32.1%, 31st in the National Football League last season, and the offensive line ranked 31st in FootballOutsiders' adjusted line yards metric. Plenty of backs have tried to fill Lynch's shoes, including Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, Eddie Lacy, Chris Carson and Mike Davis.

"That definitely means that they need someone in there to help and I am the right guy for that", Penny continued.

Thomas walked to the Cowboys' locker room following Seattle's win at Dallas on Christmas Eve and told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to "come get me".

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Penny was the second running back selected after Penn State's Saquon Barkley was taken No. 2 overall.