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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

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny has predraft official visits scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline coming in with that lengthy visits list. He adds one more in the Carolina Panthers. They interviewed the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Penny on Thursday, a day after his pro day. He was unable to check in with any NFL teams on Wednesday evening, as the running back was in class as he readies for his May graduation. While Penny is viewed by some as a first-round prospect, we have enough questions regarding his pass-blocking prowess and pass-catching upside that we'd probably feel more comfortable with a Day 2 selection.
Mar 23 - 6:42 PM

Pro Football Focus's Sam Monson believes that San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny is a "first-round talent."

Penny (5'11/220) remains a divisive prospect in this class even after his massive numbers at San Diego State, but you can count Monson as a fan. He cites his yards per carry after contact (3.32), which ranked at the top of any runner in this class. "The interesting thing about Penny, is that he is a player who looks better the more tape of him you watch," Monson writes. "While some players can dazzle with highlights only to disappear a bit the deeper into their tape you get, or simply present their flaws the longer you watch, Penny seems to impress even more the more tape you get through." Right now it's more likely that Penny goes on Day 2, if someone falls in love with his tape and the analytics, he could surprise and go in the first 32 selections.
Mar 19 - 1:43 PM

San Diego State FB Nick Bawden was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his foot and will not work out at the combine.

This is disappointing news for Bawden (6'2/245) who was already viewed to likely be a day 3 draft pick. A 2017 first-team All-American according to Pro Football Focus, Bawden is a solid athlete that can be a good lead blocker and catch passes fairly comfortably on play-action. He is currently the 5th-ranked fullback according to DraftAnalyst.com, and this injury surely won't help his draft stock.
Mar 2 - 7:27 PM

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Stellar sprint from the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Penny, whose other athletic tests in Indianapolis include a 32.5-inch vertical jump, a 120-inch broad jump and 13 reps on the bench press. He has the athletic chops of a Day 2 runner, but Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom cautions that Penny's lack of prowess in pass-blocking and as a receiver out of the backfield could prove problematic for his chances of developing into a three-down back at the NFL level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 4:19 PM

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny measured 5-foot-11, 220 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Penny comes in right at his listed school weight for the 2017 season. Some additional measurements for the Aztecs standout -- 9 2/8-inch hands, 31 2/8-inch arms and a total wingspan of 76 inches. While Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has his concerns about whether Penny can handle the work of a three-down back in an NFL -- he's not much of a receiver or pass-catcher -- he has stock upside for Day 2.
Feb 28 - 12:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared San Diego State FB Nick Bawden to Jacksonville Jaguars FB Tommy Bohanon.

"The market for old-school fullbacks has shrunk," Zierlein writes, "but [Bawden] has the ability to find a roster home as a contributing lead blocker and pass catcher on play-action." The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder -- a 2017 first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus standards -- is a respectable athlete by fullback standards and competent enough when called up to serve as an offensive contributor, limited though such occasions might be. He'll be trying for a selection late on Day 3 come April's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 4:58 PM

San Diego State redshirt sophomore RB Chase Jasmin (knee) has been diagnosed with a second-degree MCL sprain.

No knee injury is ideal, but it could have been far, far worse for Jasmin. There was some fear that when the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder initially sustained the injury during practice over the weekend, he might have seriously damaged his ACL or MCL. Jasmin is expected to play backup to Juwan Washington during the coming campaign.
Feb 27 - 4:46 PM

San Diego State redshirt sophomore Chase Jasmin suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage this weekend that could be a torn ACL or MCL.

"They think it could be an MCL or an ACL, but they don’t really know," San Diego State coach Rocky Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They said it’s loose, though, so they’re going to MRI him." This would be a big loss for the Aztecs, as Jasmin was expected to have a much larger role in the offense with Rashaad Penny off to the NFL. Juwan Washington will still be the lead back, but SDSU will likely have to find another tailback to back Washington up if Jasmin does have a tear.
Feb 26 - 12:13 PM

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


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