Tre Flowers selected by Seattle in fifth round

Tedric Thompson provides safety net for Seattle secondary

This didn't surprise draft analysts, but they were floored when Seattle used their pick to take Penny, a player many thought would be available in the second or third round.

Oklahoma State safety Tre Flowers was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the ninth pick in the fifth round of the National Football League draft on Saturday, and Flowers' life is changing in more ways than one.

Former Judson standout Tre Flowers, an All-America safety at Oklahoma State as a senior last season, is now a Seattle Seahawk. I've been since his USC days because I'm an L.A. kid.

Penny finished fifth in the Heisman voting last season after leading the nations with 2,248 rushing yards and scoring 23 touchdowns on 289 carries.

Asked whether or not he was familiar with the players on Seattle's roster, Penny replied: "Not really, but I play with them on Madden".

"I just think the fact the guy doesn't have quite as much wear and tear, can score from anywhere on the field, great hands", Schneider said.

The relative absence of hype seemed to bother him a bit, but that went away Thursday night when the first-round call came from the Seahawks to a home filled with about 50 family members and friends. It don't matter what the projections say.

The move was validated moments later when a team called wanting to know if the Seahawks would be willing to trade Penny. And I'm a big Pete Carroll fan.

Dissly was Montana's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 for the undefeated Class AA state champion Hawks, one year after losing the state title game by two to Butte.

The Bozeman native and University of Washington tight end was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of Saturday's NFL Draft. His credentials are significant and he enters the National Football League without having a heavy load of carries in college, which helped separate Penny from some other running back options.

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