An NFL team meeting with individual players is a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven't met? Yes, they do. It happens all the time, but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. The Ravens met with San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny at the Senior Bowl. Let's get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 224 pounds
Strengths: Penny has ideal size and strength, with breakaway speed. He finishes his runs well and never shies away from contact. He only had two lost fumbles in 2017 and has shown excellent hands and receiving skills. He sees the field well and has the ability to find the seams in the defense and exploit them. Penny is a true third-down running back.
Areas for Improvement: He could be more physical as a pass protector but is a willing blocker. Penny has only been a starter for one year, and his competition level was on the weaker side.
Other Notes: Penny was a 2017 FBS consensus All-American and finished fifth in the Heisman voting. He led the FBS in rushing yards with 2,027. He was named co-Most Outstanding Player for the South in the Senior Bowl, where he rushed for 64 yards and recorded 73 receiving yards and a touchdown,
Draft Projection: I love Penny, and with all apologies to Penn State's Saquon Barkley, he is my top running back in the 2018 draft. He should be a mid-level second-round pick.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of San Diego State Athletics