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John Schneider: Team Asked About Rashaad Penny After Seahawks Drafted RB

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26:  A video board displays an image of Rashaad Penny of San Diego State after he was picked #27 overall by the Seattle Seahawks during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Thursday night a team called about a potential trade for running back Rashaad Penny after the Hawks chose him with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times provided comments from Schneider, who spoke about the unique nature of that exchange based on his 25 years of NFL experience.

"[R]eally a true rarity is that we had a team call after we selected him and tried to acquire him," he said. "I've never experienced that. We feel very blessed tonight."

Although Schneider didn't name the interested team for obvious reasons, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported the Cleveland Browns really wanted the San Diego State standout:

Michael Silver @MikeSilver

Browns LOVED Penny. Would have probably taken him at 33. But now he’s a Seahawk.

Penny is coming off a monster senior season with the Aztecs. He racked up 2,248 rushing yards on 289 carries (7.8 yards per attempt) and scored 23 touchdowns. He added 19 catches for 135 yards and two scores.

The 22-year-old California native wasn't a consensus first-round pick heading into the draft, but he's confident his skill set will translate to the next level, per Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"I'm a very elusive runner," Penny said. "I can catch the ball out of the back. I can do whatever it takes to win a game. That's for sure. That's the mindset I'm bringing to Seattle. I want to bring that team back to where it was a few years ago, make a huge playoff run and eventually go to the Super Bowl. That's the goal."

The rookie should be given every opportunity to secure the Week 1 starting job, though Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise could provide some competition during training camp and the preseason.

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