Penn State Football 2014 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results
Penn State will have plenty of representatives in the 2014 NFL draft.
Starting with wideout Allen Robinson, a likely second-round pick, the Nittany Lions could have as many as five players selected in the three-day draft—which begins Thursday night and runs through Saturday at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Here is a look at the former Lions who expect to hear their names called in the seven-round draft, with analysis, stats and projections.
All projections via Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller.
Quotes from Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock obtained via conference call.
OG John Urschel
Drafted 5th round, 175th overall to Baltimore Ravens.
Weight 313 lbs
Started all 24 games at right guard for Penn State in 2012-13 and won the Campbell Trophy, college football’s equivalent of the academic Heisman. A very smart player who has good leverage, balance and body control. Uses his feet and hips well and has experience playing in a pro-style offense.
Urschel does not have great size and could improve his strength and athletic ability. A scrappy zone-blocker with excellent competitiveness. Could fit in as a guard or center in the NFL.
The Ravens have an excellent guard tandem in Pro Bowler Marshall Yanda and Kelechi Osmele, but could use more depth behind them. Urschel figures to fill a reserve role and learn his way this fall.
Urschel’s off-the-charts intelligence and toughness will be tough to replace for Penn State. Sophomore Angelo Mangiro (who is 6’3”, 304 pounds), is the likely candidate to start at right guard. He ended spring battling with redshirt freshman Wendy Laurent for a guard or center role. Complicating matters is a serious knee injury sustained by returning left guard Miles Diffenbach.
DT DaQuan Jones
Weight 322 lbs
One of the top defensive tackles in the draft, capable of shedding blocks and is an excellent bull rusher who can destroy a pocket. A disruptive force inside with good athleticism, he needs to improve his every-down consistency and overall conditioning. He is a better interior player than an edge player/pass rusher. He has excellent combination of power, agility and size and improved as a senior.
Jones was a highly productive player for Penn State and could fit in well on the Titans’ new 3-4 defensive scheme. Tennessee has an abundance of defensive linemen but is looking to get younger at the position. Jones will not have to start immediately, but can sit while learning – his production makes him a solid developmental player with big upside.
Jones leaves a large presence to fill on Penn State’s defensive line. Sophomore Austin Johnson was impressive as the top reserve defensive tackle, making 27 tackles with three tackles for loss and a sack. Beyond him, junior college transfer Tarow Barney, who enrolled in January, could also make an impact. He stands 6’1”, 290 pounds and is physically ready to play.
Tyrone Smith should also contribute this fall. Reserves Brian Gaia, Derek Dowrey, Parker Cothren and Antoine White will also battle for time.
WR Allen Robinson
Drafted: Third round, No. 61 overall to Jacksonville Jaguars
Weight: 220 lbs
First player since 1985 to lead the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yardage in consecutive seasons. 4.61-second 40-yard dash at NFL combine an issue. Uses excellent size to make plays vertically (39-inch vertical leap) against defensive backs. Is very quick and is capable of turning a short pass into a big play. Can get separation from defensive backs at the line of scrimmage.
Jacksonville has loaded up on wide receivers in this draft, announcing late Friday night that Justin Blackmon (who has struggled with substance abuse) has played his last down for the team. The Jags landed Marqise Lee early in the second round and will pair him with returning starter Cecil Shorts, among others. Robinson should have an opportunity to play early in his career with veteran quarterback Chad Henne as No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles learns the ropes.
It’s hard to replace a guy like Robinson, who led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yardage each of the past two seasons, grabbing 177 receptions for 2,479 yards and 17 scores. Into the void steps talented 6’1”, 202-pound sophomore Geno Lewis.
Lewis had 18 receptions and three touchdowns last fall and has improved his route running, his deep-ball skills and post skills. He has become a more natural receiver. While filling Robinson’s shoes will be hard, Lewis could be ready for a huge sophomore season with Christian Hackenberg throwing to him.
LB Glenn Carson
Glenn Carson, LB, Penn State
Weight: 244 lbs
- A solid tackler who has a blue-collar mentality.
- A team captain and a three-year starter for Penn State.
- A smart player.
- Only has average speed and has trouble coming off blocks.
- Could improve his strength.
- A productive, but not special, player who will likely fit in as a special teams contributor in the NFL.
What the Scouts Are Saying: “He is one of the more underrated players in this draft class.” – Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.
Matt Miller Draft Projection: Undrafted—No. 11 inside linebacker.
S Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, S, Penn State
Weight: 209 lbs
- Versatile player who played at both safety and linebacker (as well as special teams).
- He is a solid character-player who is mature and has a good work ethic.
- He has only average athletic ability and less-than-ideal quickness.
- Lacks power as well as some coverage skills.
- Will have to make his mark on special teams.
Matt Miller Draft Projection: Undrafted/Unranked