The Seattle Seahawks signed rookie running back Rashaad Penny, their first-round pick in the NFL Draft, the team announced Wednesday.
Penny, who was taken No. 27 overall by the Seahawks, signed a four-year contract. He is only the second player drafted in the first round by Seattle in the past six years.
The nation's leading rusher in 2017, Penny rushed for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games for San Diego State. He also had 19 receptions for two more scores.
Penny averaged 7.8 yards per carry last season and 7.5 yards in 2016, when he rumbled for 1,018 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Penny also was a weapon in the return game for the Aztecs, bringing back seven kicks for touchdowns in his career. He averaged 30.2 yards per return for his career.
"Speed, durability, humble," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the team drafted Penny. "Probably the best part about this young man is that he's humble, he's ready to work. Whatever we want, he'll do. The special teams accent is so unique, he's really something.