Penn State Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Nittany Lions

Tim Tolley@@TimTolley_BRContributor IFebruary 27, 2014

Penn State Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Nittany Lions

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    Each year, ex-college athletes converge on Indianapolis in mid-February to get measured, interviewed, poked, prodded and run through the figurative and literal gauntlet in an attempt to raise their draft stock.

    This year was no different, and Penn State saw three of its recently departed players participate in the long weekend's festivities. 

    Allen Robinson, DaQuan Jones and John Urschel were in Lucas Oil Stadium for the festivities, and each one had a unique opportunity to help himself in the eyes of NFL executives.

    Let's see how the former Nittany Lions fared in their attempts to impress.

    All combine results can be seen at

DaQuan Jones: B-

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 322 pounds

    Arm Length: 33.5"

    Hand Size: 9.625"

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 5.35 seconds

    Bench-Press Reps: 25

    Vertical Jump: 27.5"

    Broad Jump: 101"

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.73 seconds


    Jones has ideal size and showed the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage early in the season. He didn't do anything to jump off the charts in Indy, but he also didn't hurt his stock either.

    Look for him to come off the board before the end of the third round and join recent Penn State tackles Jordan Hill, Devon Still and Jared Odrick in the NFL. Grade: 5.65; "Chance to become NFL starter."

John Urschel: B+

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 313 pounds

    Arm Length: 33"

    Hand Size: 10.375"

    Combine Results

    40-Yard-Dash: 5.31 seconds

    Bench-Press Reps: 31 (eighth most among OL)

    Vertical Jump: 29" (fifth best among OL)

    Broad Jump: 102"

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.47 seconds (sixth best among OL)

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.55 seconds (ninth best among OL)


    The smartest man in most rooms, Urschel entered the weekend as a late-round pick but, after showing impressive strength and agility, the math wiz could have bolstered his draft stock.

    There's no doubt that any teams who sat down with him were impressed by his demeanor, and coaches and general managers look for offensive linemen with his size and understanding of the game. 

    If there was any doubt about whether he'd be drafted before, that's gone. He may now go in the middle rounds. Grade: 5.55; "Chance to become NFL starter."

Allen Robinson: C-

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    Arm Length: 32"

    Hand Size: 9.5"

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.60

    Vertical Jump: 39" (sixth best among WRs)

    Broad Jump: 127" (third best among WRs)

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.00 seconds (seventh best among WRs)

    60-Yard Shuttle: 11.36 seconds (sixth best among WRs)

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.00 seconds


    The ex-Nittany Lion with the most to gain (or lose) failed to display the speed that scouts were looking for.

    Game film shows his athleticism and catching ability, but the big question was his top-line speed. While predraft contemporaries like Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. wowed onlookers with 40-yard dashes in the 4.40 range, Robinson's 4.60 ranked 37th among the 45 wide receivers who ran the drill.

    While his shuttle times were impressive, he entered the weekend with a chance to solidify himself as a first-round draft pick. A deep draft at his position may now push him into the third round. Grade: 5.7; "Chance to become NFL starter."