Round 2 (48th overall): Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
If you’re mad about Payne, get over it. Because there are six more rounds to go and this is where it gets exciting. Remember, it’s about the draft class as a whole.
Did you know that six of the 12 playoff teams (Eagles, Patriots, Vikings, Titans, Falcons, Panthers) all used multiple running backs last season? Well you should know, because you all read my article. Head coach Anthony Lynn loved using a two-back system in Buffalo, and it didn’t kill his starting running back’s (LeSean McCoy) value at all. If anything, it made McCoy better because he was kept fresh instead of being overworked.
Rashaad Penny is one of my favorite offensive players in the draft, and he would be a great backup to Melvin Gordon. And with the recent injury news on Sony Michel and the confusing story on Derrius Guice–two players who were supposed to go late in the first/early in the second–the Chargers are likely going to have to take Penny sooner rather than later.
Penny led the entire nation with 2,248 rushing yards last season. He also finished with the second-most rushing touchdowns (23) in the FBS and third in yards per attempt (7.8) among all running backs with at least 150 carries. He just knows how to make people miss. Not only that, but he can return kicks. Last year, he had 17 kick returns for 521 yards and two touchdowns, as well as two punt returns for 70 yards and a touchdown. He has seven career touchdowns by kick return.
While running back isn’t a top need, Penny would be a huge asset for the Chargers on offense and special teams. He would form a dominant trio with Gordon and Austin Ekeler, reminiscent of the days of L.T., Michael Turner and Darren Sproles. If the Chargers don’t draft Penny, Georgia’s Nick Chubb could be a steal in Round 3 (hard to say if he falls or not).