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Cowboys signed San Diego State TE David Wells.

Wells (6’6/256) was primarily a blocker for SDSU’s run-heavy offense, managing a career 38/449/11.8/6 receiving line but earning second-team All-Mountain West in each of his final two seasons based almost strictly on Wells’ ability to open holes for Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny. Wells showed potential to become something more by running 4.75 at the Combine with a 33-inch vertical and 20 reps on the bench. Wells profiles as a trusty role player with some developmental room for growth.
May 2 - 7:38 PM

Cowboys signed San Diego State S Kameron Kelly.

Kelly (6’2/204) played safety his first three seasons before moving to corner as a senior, where he earned first-team All-Mountain West with three interceptions. Kelly posted ten INTs for his career but tested poorly in the pre-draft phase with 4.66/4.68 speed and a 33-inch vertical. A work in progress whenever he lands, Kelly will probably end up as a jack of multiple trades but master of none.
May 2 - 6:51 PM

San Diego State signed three-star 2018 WR J.R. Justice in December.

Justice was a big get for the Aztecs, as the wide receiver also had offers from schools like USC, Boise State, Arizona and Tennessee. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, he has the frame you're looking for in a wide receiver who can be a threat in the endzone, and reports indicate he can also make plays with the ball in his hands. He could be an immediate contributor for San Diego State in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
May 1 - 3:01 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Seattle Seahawks a "C" for their work in the draft.

The Seahawks surprised most of the world by selecting RB Rashaad Penny with pick No. 27. They are making a concerted effort to revitalize the running game by drafting offensive lineman and now a running back. Benoit wasn't a fan of the Seahawks lack of concern for their secondary and said, "What’s shocking is that not one of those mid-round picks was a cornerback, the team’s greatest need entering this draft." Benoit also didn't like the selection of one-handed LB Shaquem Griffin who was a pick that would help their "long-term depth."
Apr 30 - 12:24 PM

Lions selected San Diego State FB Nick Bawden with the No. 237 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft.

Bawden (6’2/245) operated as Rashaad Penny’s lead blocker for the Aztecs, entering school as a quarterback before converting to fullback for his final three seasons and posting 30 career receptions. Bawden earned PFF College’s No. 1 fullback blocking grade in the nation in 2016, then graded No. 3 in 2017 despite playing with a club on his hand. He also showed pre-draft smarts with a 31 Wonderlic score. Although fullbacks are a dying breed, Bawden is a good enough blocker and possession receiver to have a shot at an Anthony Sherman-like career.
Apr 28 - 6:24 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider said a team tried to trade for RB Rashaad Penny after the Seahawks had taken him.

Schneider said "A true rarity is that we had a team call after we selected him and tried to acquire him. I've never experienced that. We feel very blessed tonight." He also mentioned the Seahawks were ready to select Penny with pick No. 18 had they not moved back. Coach Pete Carroll said Penny "is also going to be a three-down back for us and he can do everything." The Seahawks affinity for Penny was very well hidden throughout the draft process as both LSU's Derrius Guice and Georgia's Sony Michel were largely assumed to be the Nos. 2 and 3 backs to come off the board. A mega-producer at the college level who put up a 92nd percentile speed score, Penny should be a great fit as the Seahawks workhorse.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 2:42 PM

Seahawks selected San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Penny wasn't forecast as a first-round pick but has an impressive profile. Seattle has been in desperate need of improving its running game. Penny (5’11/220) emerged from Donnel Pumphrey’s shadow as a senior, logging a prolific 289/2,248/7.8/23 rushing line and graduating with a silly 7.49 YPC average and eight career return TDs, seven on kickoffs and one on a punt. In 2017, PFF College credited Penny with the most missed tackles forced (86) and runs of 15-plus yards (35) among draft-eligible backs. Penny ran 4.46 at the Combine for an exciting 92nd-percentile Speed Score. Penny needs work in the passing game – his blocking was inconsistent on college tape, and he never caught more than 19 passes in a season – but Penny offers workhorse potential as a faster version of Carlos Hyde.
Apr 26 - 11:14 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports San Diego State TE David Wells is "making a late push up draft boards."

Pauline continued by saying "though he only caught nine passes for San Diego State last season, Wells (6'6/256) is viewed as one of the better Y tight ends (blocking tight ends) in this draft." Wells won't be much of a contributor on offense but The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys are showing a lot of interest in Wells as a potential late Day 3 selection.
Apr 25 - 9:08 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny lacks a "good feel" for the game.

The scout notes that San Diego State's system is designed to pump out gaudy statistical performances from its running backs. Another evaluator told McGinn of the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder, "He runs high. I don’t like his pad level. He’s strong and he’s very fast." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has likewise noted that Penny tends to carry himself a bit upright. On the more positive side of the evaluating ledger, one scout who spoke with McGinn did praise the Aztecs back for his "great contact balance."
Apr 24 - 12:31 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny to former NFL RB Willis McGahee.

Remember McGahee? For a moment he was the most dominant running back in college football, and he showed flashes of brilliance when healthy in the NFL. Zierlein notes that Penny has the "desired NFL size for an every-down running back," and that he "runs with short, controlled strides allowing him to elude sudden tackle attempts and alter his rush track." He also notes he can miss cut lanes, and he often will run too upright. He still projects him to go in the second round, and it'd be an upset if he was still on the board after the first 100 picks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 7:43 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein reports besides RB Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny "seems to be the RB teams get most excited about."

Penny has taken predraft official visits with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants so far. Despite the hype on Penny, he only produced an athletic composite score in the 41st percentile and has some serious issues with pass-blocking. Penny excelled as a pure-runner, rushing for 2,248 yards while averaging 7.8 yards-per-carry and 23 touchdowns as a senior at San Diego State. It wouldn't be surprising to see him selected in the late first-round, but in a deep running back class it makes more sense for him to be an early Day 2 selection.
Apr 15 - 5:39 PM

San Diego State hired former San Jose State HC Ron Caragher to serve as recruiting coordinator and offensive quality control assistant.

Caragher brings plenty of experience and wisdom to the San Diego State program, having most recently worked as head coach at San Jose State from 2013-16. He also previously served as head coach at the University of San Diego (2007-12). These heavy California ties almost certainly played a part in his landing with the Aztecs.
Apr 11 - 6:54 PM

San Diego State and HC Rocky Long have agreed to a contract extension through the 2022 season.

The financial details on Long's extension have not yet been released, but he was drawing $828,000 annually on his previous deal. Since taking over the helm of the San Diego State ship prior to the 2011 season, Long has helped guide the program to an overall record of 64-29. The program has won double-digit games each of the last three seasons, one of just seven programs currently working on such a streak. The team has also made a bowl game in all seven of Long's years on the job.
Source: KUSI.com
Apr 11 - 12:19 PM

San Diego State TE David Wells went through a private workout with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along this nugget. The Eagles are not alone in the NFC East when it comes to interest in the 6-foot-6, 256-pound blocking tight end, as the Cowboys just worked him out on Friday. Wells doesn't offer much in the way of offensive firepower, but his old-school skill-set could draw interest late on Day 3 next month.
Mar 27 - 12:47 PM

San Diego State TE David Wells went through a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

Wells (6'6/256) showed out well during his pro day on Thursday before turning in the Friday workout for Dallas. While he's not the offensive threat of a top-tier tight end such as Mike Gesicki or Dallas Goedert, the San Diego State product is a strong in-line blocker. That's how he'll make his bones in the NFL. He tested in the 20th percentile of NFL tight ends at the NFL Scouting Combine. That's not a particularly strong mark, but again, Wells' game is not dependent on overt athleticism.
Mar 23 - 7:51 PM


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