Seahawks 2023 free agents: Rashaad Penny
A look at Penny's season, market, and price to keep: Seaside Joe 1448
In a slightly earlier era, Rashaad Penny could have been a top-10 draft pick. At the 2018 combine, Penny measured 5’11, 220 lbs, ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash with a 32.5” vertical and 120” in the broad.
Just two years earlier, Ezekiel Elliott measured 6’, 225 lbs, ran a 4.47 with a 32.5” verticla and a 118” broad. Elliott ran for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State. Penny ran for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final season at San Diego State, which is the fifth-most single season rushing yards in D-I history behind Barry Sanders, Melvin Gordon, Kevin Smith, and Marcus Allen.
Penny’s career 7.5 YPC average is the seventh-best career average ever.
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Though not everyone ranked above him went on to have great careers, such as Darrell Henderson and Felix Jones, Penny has been a successful NFL running back when healthy. Since 2019, Penny has 252 carries for 1,499 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry, the highest average for any running back in that period of time.
Of course, the key metric working against Penny there is that he only has 252 carries over the last four seasons. The next-closest by a hair is J.K. Dobbins of the Ravens, another injury case who has 226 carries for 1,325 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three years.