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Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom questions whether San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny can be a three-down back in the NFL.

While Nystrom loves the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Penny's ability once he hits the open field, as well as his upside in the return game, he sees serious drawbacks in the San Diego State star's game which could potentially limit him at the next level. Writes Nystrom, "I don’t see him as a fit for teams that like to air it out. Penny wasn’t used much as a receiver at SDSU, and he’s a horrific pass blocker." Adding context to these comments, Penny underwhelmed at the Senior Bowl last month. His game is not without its appeal, but it's a very imperfect game.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 17 - 4:57 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny as one of the players who raised question marks after Senior Bowl practices.

Penny was one of the best performers in the game -- Miller named him one of standouts on Saturday, as well -- but his performance in practices leading up to it left a lot to be desired. "Penny is a player I really liked on film and expected to see have a big week in Mobile, but he was largely absent in drills on Tuesday and Wednesday," Miller writes. This is a very strong running back class, and Penny is one of the reasons that the group gets that title. He'll have to show up at the combine and his pro day if he's going to be a Day 2 pick, however.
Jan 28 - 4:39 PM

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny ran for 64 yards on nine carries and caught a 73-yard touchdown pass for the South in a 45-16 victory over the North on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Penny (5'11/224) did not have a strong week of practice, with multiple outlets reporting that he was among the more disappointing players during the week. He didn't disappoint on Saturday. His 73-yard touchdown from Kurt Benkert showed that he's a capable receiver out of the backfield, and he consistently found holes when handed the ball. It's a strong running back class, but even with the poor practices, Penny still likely goes on Day 2, with a strong chance of going in the second round.
Jan 27 - 6:26 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both listed San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny as a player who "raised more questions than he answered" after his week of Senior Bowl practice.

Kiper listed Penny as one of his potential sleepers coming into the Senior Bowl, but neither he nor McShay had much positive to say about his week. "We know Penny can run -- he rushed for 2,248 yards in 2017 -- but he needed to show that he could do the little things, and that didn't happen," writes Kiper. "He also struggled in pass protection." McShay was similarly harsh, saying that he thought Penny would be the top back here, and that it "simply wasn't the case." Fortunately for the former Aztec this is just three days of practice, but it doesn't sound like he improved his stock in Mobile.
Source: ESPN
Jan 26 - 5:06 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny as a potential "mid-round steal."

In a list ranking the top non-QBs in the Senior Bowl, Kiper compares Penny to Kareem Hunt as a player that could go in the middle rounds who end up being undervalued. "I think Penny could go in the second round, though he doesn't have the all-around game of Hunt," says Kiper. "Penny is going to test well."
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 5:12 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that San Diego State TE David Wells suffered a sprained wrist at Shrine Game practices.

Wells (6'5/252) intends to play in Saturday's game anyway, according to Pauline. Wells, an old-school block-first tight end, met with the Saints on Tuesday. He has a good chance to stick on a roster as a third tight end used mostly as a blocker.
Jan 18 - 1:18 PM

San Diego State TE David Wells met with the Saints on Tuesday.

Wells (6'5/252) is not known as a receiver, but with the Saints appearing to be transitioning to a run-heavy offense with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the backfield and Drew Brees about to turn 40, his blocking would be a valuable addition to the New Orleans offense. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says he has all the tools to be a very good third tight end at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 12:48 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that San Diego State TE David Wells has been "dominant in his blocking" during East-West Shrine Game practices.

If Wells is to crack an NFL roster either late on Day 3 or as an undrafted free agent, it's going to be because of his advanced blocking skills. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder did log a respectable 25-294-4 receiving line for the 2016 season, but his appeal does not come in his pass-catching prowess. For this reason, settings like that of the East-West Shrine Game are crucial for Wells -- they allow him to showcase his blocking skills in isolated situations with eyes on him.
Jan 16 - 3:48 PM

San Diego State hired St. Augustine High HC Richard Sanchez to serve as defensive backs coach.

Sanchez has been working as head coach at St. Augustine for the past nine seasons. He's put together an 83-29 record in that space and has helped lead the team to a pair of section championships.
Jan 14 - 1:39 PM

San Diego State redshirt junior QB Christian Chapman completed 6-of-10 passes for 25 yards and an interception in Saturday's 42-35 loss to Army in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Chapman's statistical line says all you need to know about the Aztecs passing game on Saturday. This was a smash-mouth, run-dominant affair by both teams. The redshirt junior finishes the season having passed for 1,873 yards with a 13/4 TD/INT ratio. He's a competent game manager in a system that rarely needs him to act as more than that.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 07:22:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in Saturday's 42-35 loss to Army in the Lockheed Martin Armed Force's Bowl.

Army absolutely dominated time of possession in this one -- they ran 91 plays to San Diego State's 31 -- but that mattered not to Penny, who made up for it by logging monster run after monster run. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder averaged a just-plain-silly 15.78 YPC while putting in scoring runs of 81 yards, 32 yards, 49 yards and (quite modestly) four yards. Penny finishes out his final season of collegiate ball on a run of five consecutive games with at least 200 yards rushing, going off for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns for the season as a whole. He'll next be seen at the Senior Bowl as he begins prep for the draft. Draft Analyst's Chris Tripodi is of the opinion that Penny "projects as a versatile three-down back," with the outlet assigning him a third-round grade.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 06:53:00 PM

San Diego DB Kameron Kelly accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Kelly (6'2/200) has played both corner and safety, but saw his stock really rise when he switched to the former. He had nine interceptions over the last three years, and also had four tackles for loss. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline currently projects him to go in the third-to-fourth round, but this could be a real riser if he tests well this winter.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:21:00 PM

San Diego State redshirt senior TE David Wells accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Wells (6'5/255) was slow to get started after surgery for a Jones fracture last offseason, and he finished with nine receptions for 133 yards and two scores. One of those visits to the end zone was a key touchdown against Stanford back on Sept. 16. He'll look to strengthen his resume with a good showing in the team's Armed Forces Bowl, then he'll attempt to make an argument for a late-Day 3 call during the pre-draft process. Wells' strength is his blocking, and he's proven to be a great friend to Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny over the last few years. His style of tight end play is drying up in the NFL, but Wells will be given a long look next summer if he can prove elite at his one trick.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 03:08:00 PM

San Diego State senior FB Nick Bawden accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Bawden (6'3/245) was named a Pro Football Focus first-team All-American for his work last season. The converted quarterback's been an integral part of the Aztecs' potent rushing attack over the last two seasons. Fullbacks generally don't draw draft interest until Day 3.
Source: AL.com
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 09:03:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny will attend the Reese's Senior Bowl after accepting an invitation.

Penny was able to reach a thousand yards despite being a backup to Donnel Pumphrey, and he was the nations leading rusher this year with 2,027 yards. He also has returned seven kicks for touchdowns, showing that he can be a contributor on special teams as well. He appears to be a volatile NFL prospect right now, but if he shows out in the Senior Bowl against the best of the best, it will be a major boon for Penny's draft stock. Don't be surprised if he does just that.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 08:01:00 PM


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