Rashaad Penny Draft Profile

Rashaad Penny draft profile


  • Size
  • Three-down back
  • Patience
  • Productive
  • Strong lower half
  • Sneaky elusive
  • Finishes runs
  • Vision
  • Underrated returner

Analysis: Rashaad Penny has the desired size NFL teams look for in a three-down back and that is exactly what Penny is looking to become. He runs with short, controlled strides allowing him to elude sudden tackle attempts and alter his rush track. Penny is a patient runner who is extremely effective at running defenders into trouble by setting up his blockers for success before cutting off of their blocks. Uses both subtle and aggressive fakes in space to hinder the tackler’s ability to square him up. Arm tacklers won’t cut it. He presses the line of scrimmage with conviction before making his cuts. You wouldn’t think looking at him, but Penny has slasher qualities as a runner. He is also a willing finisher of runs–he will lower his shoulder into tacklers to gain extra yards and dish out punishment. He posted impressive kick return numbers. Has averaged 31.9 yards per kickoff return with seven touchdowns over last three seasons. Sets up kick return blocks the same way he sets them up as a runner.


  • Upright runner
  • Doesn’t break as many tackles as you would like
  • Can look to bounce outside when he doesn’t need to
  • Must improve route running
  • Scouts question playbook IQ
  • Long speed

Analysis: Rashaad Penny is a high-cut, upright runner. Despite his urgency as a runner, he won’t break many quality tackle attempts. Penny is a one-speed runner without a big burst gear to clear first and second level defenders cleanly. Has modest yards after first contact numbers over the last two seasons. On tape, Penny has been too willing to bounce outside rather than take the minimal yardage inside. Doesn’t always show a feel for the best run lane choices. Will miss backside, cutback lanes. Scouts say he may need additional reps to lock-in on the playbook. Needs to improve route-running to become a more effective pass catcher–this will be key if he wants to stay on the field all three downs.

What the scouts say: “You know exactly who he is when you watch the tape. I don’t think there are going to be any surprises when you get him into our league because you know he is going to make guys miss and he’s going to run hard every snap.” — NFC team regional scout

Size: 5’11 220lbs

Draft Rank: No.3 RB

NFL Comparison: Isaiah Crowell

Draft Projection: Round 2-3

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