Oct 17, 2009; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Derek Moye (6) catches a touchdown pass at the end of the 2nd quarter against the Minnesota Gophers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maxwell Kruger-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State players embark on Indy for NFL Combine

We’re going to take a quick look at the SEVEN (4th most in the country) PSU players who are moving on and attending the NFL Combine this weekend. Most of them need to prove something in order to get on some teams’ draft boards; we’ll find out what those things are.

DE Jack Crawford
Jack has prototypical size for an NFL DE and will probably fill out even more on an NFL strength program and diet. He will need to do well in the agility drills this weekend (3 cone, shuttle) and it wouldn’t hurt to show a strong bench press. His downfall is his limited experience, as Jack began playing football just 5 years ago. In all honesty, an impressive Wonderlic score could show teams that he is smart and indicate he has a fast learning curve.

DB D’Antonn Lynn
Once thought to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick at safety, Lynn struggled in coverage as a senior and often disappeared in games. He would do himself a favor by showing well athletically. A sub 4.5 40 yard dash and good drills could get him back in the picture as an NFL safety.

WR Derek Moye
Derek is a guy who could REALLY see his stock rise this weekend…or not. Not particularly known as a burner, Moye is a guy who could jump himself into mid-round consideration with a solid 40 time. He also needs to show change-of-direction ability and needs to run crisp routes when catching balls from the QBs. Most of his plays made in college were on “go” routes when he used his size to beat DBs. He needs to show versatility. His hands came into question this year, but I think that was a fluke.

DB Chaz Powell
Chaz is a tough one for me to call. I can’t figure out what his actual position should be or should have been in college. He gets mentioned as a guy with return ability, but I’m not sure his top-end speed is going to cut it in the NFL as a return man. Ex-Nittany Lion Derrick Williams hasn’t been able to lock down a kick returner job and Chaz isn’t really on Derrick’s level. I’m also not sure he has the quickness to play CB. I would consider a move to Linebacker, but at 5’11″, that’s probably out of the question. The only thing left is safety, which seems like a viable option. That is actually what Chaz played in high school before getting to Penn State. If Chaz can run a 40 yard dash somewhere in the 4.49-4.54 range, he could do himself a real favor.

DT Devon Still
I’m not sure what more Devon needs to prove. I suppose a solid Wonderlic test score couldn’t hurt and he must interview well, but his skills and tape make him a lock to be a 1st round pick. His goal this weekend could be to enter the top 10 with a few impressive drills.

LB Nate Stupar
I actually think Nate is a sleeper who sees his value rise this weekend. His biggest weakness is a lack of snaps, but the kid can play linebacker. He will need to have good showings in all the quickness drills, which I expect him to do. I think that some teams will leave the combine with plans of going back and watching Stupar’s film. If he gets drafted in April, think about the perception of guys like Hodges, Mauti and Fortt who were all on his level or better in college.

G Johnnie Troutman
I’m not sure what Troutman can do at the combine to improve his stock. As a 3 year starter, the book on him is out. Solid run blocker, average pass blocker. I suppose he could do well in the footwork drills to show that he has the ability to learn pass-blocking technique. Other than that, I don’t know that he isn’t locked in as a late round pick.

Check back in for a post documenting the players results from the combine on Sunday/Monday!

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