Seahawks running back draft prospects: Combine report

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Derrius Guice – 5’10” – 224 lbs. – 31.5″ Vertical – DNP Broad – LSU

Guice tested below what he was expected to do in the vertical, and did not participate in the broad jump.  He will need to make a major improvement for his pro day.  Guice is very fluid.  He is a powerful north/south runner.  He caught the ball, but felt like he was fighting it.  The combine didn’t really showcase him as well as I expected.  He looked good in every drill but he didn’t stand out.  The LSU standout just got the job done.  He didn’t look great in any drills today.  This guy will be judged based on his 2016 film as it looks like he has lost a step due to his injuries in 2017. He is a yards after contact guy who Mike Mayock of the NFL Network compared to Marshawn Lynch.

Sony Michel – 5’11 – 214 lbs. – DNP Vertical – DNP Broad – Georgia

Sony Michel elected to wait for his pro day to test on the vertical and broad jump.  He showed outstanding change of direction. Michel kept his head up, and looked very fluid on his cuts.  Very few running backs kept their heads up cutting around cones.  He showed very soft hands and made every catch look easy.  The Georgia back looks like a true 3 down weapon.  I see a role for this guy being a weapon in the backfield and a guy you can slot out to create mismatches.  Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock of NFL Network continuously compared Michel to Alvin Kamara.

Rashaad Penny – 5’11” – 220 lbs. – 32.5″ Vertical – 10′ Broad – San Diego State

Penny looks more explosive than his vertical would lead you to believe.  The San Diego State standout looks fast for as big as he is showing no wasted movement. Penny showed choppy feet on the change of direction drill which will slow down his explosiveness.  Coaching can correct that. He showcased good hands not great.  He returned kicks adding special teams value will be a nice asset. Penny looks like a major sleeper in this draft.  He shows all the skills to be a star and his college production matched it.