Now that National Signing Day is over, the news surrounding the Penn State Nittany Lions will likely be a bit on the light side. However, there is some current news surrounding the Nittany Lions. Three former players have been invited to take part in the NFL Combine. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, guard John Urschel and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones will all get to showcase their skills in front of scouts from every NFL team.
The even will take place from February 22nd to the 25th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Robinson was the Big Ten’s top receiver the last two seasons and earned seven All-American honors after his 2013 season. He set a school record with 97 receptions and 1,432 receiving yards. He ranked third in the nation, averaging 119.3 yards per game. Currently, Robinson is projected to be a late first-round pick. He’s a talented receiver who has shown a knack for being able to leap and come down with the ball in any situation.
His 177 career receptions is second on the all-time list at Penn State. His 2,274 yards ranks third in school history.
Jones was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after the 2013 season. He led the Nittany Lions with 11.5 tackles for loss and was named the Team Most Valuable Player. His 56 total tackles ranked fifth on the team. Jones was an important part of the Penn State defensive line over the past two years, starting 23 games.
Urschel was a cornerstone of the Penn State offensive line over the past two seasons, starting all 24 games that the Nittany Lions played. He earned numerous awards, including the William V. Campbell Trophy, considered college football’s academic Heisman Trophy. He was the first n Lion to ever win that award. He was just the third Penn State offensive lineman to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten accolades and played a huge role in the protection of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg this season. Urschel helped lead the way for a success running game led by Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak.
Many regard the NFL Combine as one of the most important aspects of the draft process, as the potential draftees are put through a series of tests and drills by NFL scouts.
Coverage of the combine will be shown on NFL Network and NFL.com. The draft is scheduled for May 8th-10th.
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