The Seattle Seahawks selected San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the No. 27 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday, and general manager John Schneider said another team wanted to immediately trade for the playmaker.
"We had a team call us and try to acquire him after we selected him," Schneider said, per Scott Barrett of Pro Football Focus. "I've never had that before."
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk pointed out trades for players right after they are drafted "are rare" although "not unheard of," pointing to the Eli Manning and Philip Rivers swap during the 2004 draft as an example.
The Seahawks drafted Penny after announcing their own trade which saw them send the Green Bay Packers the Nos. 18 and 248 picks for the 27th, 76th and 186th picks, the first of which was used on Penny.
Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll each acknowledged Penny has to improve his pass protection, per Barrett, but were thrilled with the selection.
The San Diego State product figures to compete for significant playing time right away considering the depth chart of Chris Carson, Mike Davis and CJ Prosise doesn't exactly turn many heads. What's more, the Seahawks were just 23rd in the league in rushing yards last season even with quarterback Russell Wilson providing 586 yards on the ground.
Penny was an All-American in 2017 with 2,248 rushing yards, 135 receiving yards, 23 touchdowns on the ground and two touchdown catches. He could also help in special teams after he returned seven kickoffs for scores during his collegiate career.
That type of production and potential was not worth trading from Seattle's perspective.