Pretty interesting that JS publicly stated they received a trade offer for Penny. I don't really think JS is a bullshitter, so that's quite the merit.
I really dig the pick. I wrote a bit about the pick in a post on another site. Might as well drop it here as well :)
The more I read about and the more I watch of Penny the more I really like this pick. The kid can take a hit, doesn't jaw that much (from what I've seen so far), almost always falls forward when tackled. He definitely has a more upright running style, but it seems he knows when and how to lower his pad level for more leverage, and protects himself pretty well from taking large hits. His ability to return punts and kickoffs, and do so effectively to the tune of 8 career return TDs, speaks volumes to his athletic ability, top-end speed and vision.
I think his vision is fantastic and it seems, much like Carson did in his limited playing time last year, he knows where to find even the smallest of creases to fight for and gain every yard possible -- even on plays that are blown up. I think Penny could be the type of guy that gets some experience and starts to see the game at the margins like the greats do. He could also be a complete and total bust at the next level, though I doubt it.
One of my favorite parts of his highlights is at 3:49 of this video. He's in an open field situation with a DB and his speed and body control allows him to get around the guy without even being touched.
– [03:49..] Youtube Video
It's another thing I really like about Penny, he can keep his feet light and maintain speed while changing direction to make his burst even more impressive and effective. You see it in a lot of plays where the play is going one direction and he sees a cutback and goes back around the opposite side.