Penn State Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Nittany Lion

Tim TolleyContributor IMay 5, 2014

Penn State Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Nittany Lion

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    Unless you live under a rock, you've heard that the NFL draft will kick off this Thursday in New York. 

    Bill O'Brien's Houston Texans possess the first overall pick, and several Nittany Lions are hoping to hear their names called over the weekend.

    Here's a look at the former Penn Staters who will find their way onto NFL rosters over the next week!

    SCHEDULE:

    Round 1: Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m. ET

    Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 9, 7 p.m. ET

    Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 10, Noon ET

WR Allen Robinson

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    PROJECTION:

    San Francisco 49ers

    Round 1, 30th overall

     

    According to Matt Miller's latest mock draft, the 49ers could project Robinson as a replacement for Anquan Boldin with his size and after-the-catch abilities.

    Robinson's poor 40-yard dash at the NFL combine may have hurt his stock in a crowded wide receiver draft class, but his film and production speak volumes about what "A-Rob" can do on the field.

DT DaQuan Jones

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    PROJECTION:

    San Diego Chargers

    Round 3, 89th overall

     

    If Miller's mock draft is right, Jones would be the fourth Penn State tackle selected in the first three rounds of the draft since 2010, joining Jared Odrick, Devon Still and Jordan Hill.

    The Chargers ranked 21st in rushing defense last year and gave up an average of 4.6 yards per carry. 

    Jones' run-stuffing ability and versatility in the trenches would make him an ideal target for the Bolts.

OG John Urschel

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    PROJECTION:

    Carolina Panthers

    Round 6, 204th overall

     

    Winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, also known as the academic Heisman, Urschel will have no problem picking up the mental aspects of the pro game. 

    At 6'3", he's a bit undersized for today's linemen, but he tested well at the combine and undoubtedly interviewed well. 

    Few prospects possess Urschel's intangibles, and that could work in his favor if a team is considering him earlier in the draft.

ILB Glenn Carson

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    PROJECTION:

    Undrafted Free Agent

     

    Glenn Carson didn't make the cut for Miller's latest mock draft, but Ron Vanderlinden-coached linebackers have shown a knack for finding their way into the NFL.

    Carson was a three-year starter in the middle at Linebacker U and recorded 249 tackles during that time, according to CFBStats.com.

    Per Greg Pickel of PennLive, Carson ran a "low 4.7" 40-yard dash at the Penn State pro day and was recorded at 6'2", 238 pounds.