Today’s version of the VBR Prediction Rountable takes a look at the remainder of the 2014 NFl Draft and where the former Nittany Lions will go. Yesterday we posted our predictions for wide receiver Allen Robinson. Unfortunately, he didn’t go in the first round, but the general consensus is that he’ll be taken sometime during the second or third round. Also hoping to hear their names called in the upcoming days are: DaQuan Jones, John Urschel and Glenn Carson.
The rest of the staff was a little busy this week with other projects, so the following predictions come from just myself and staff writer Eric Sion.
Lead Editor Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)
DaQuan Jones had a great season in 2013 and it put in squarely in the minds of several NFL teams. He’s a top-10 defensive tackle and will be a good addition on the interior of any defensive line. Unfortunately for Jones, this year’s draft features a deep crop of talented defensive tackles. Teams will shy away from Jones due to the fact that he’s not the best pass rusher. I expect to hear his name somewhere from the middle of round 3 to round 4.
I feel that John Urschel has been a bit overlooked by NFL teams. I haven’t heard him mentioned often, despite being experienced and having good size. Urschel is a super intelligent guy who will be a solid pick for any team. While he likely won’t have a Hall of Fame career, I could see him being a key part to a team’s offensive line for years to come. I think Urschel goes in the fifth round in this year’s draft.
Of the Nittany Lions who have a shot at getting drafted this year, linebacker Glenn Carson is probably the longest shot. He had a solid career at Penn State and was a leader in the middle of the defense during the 2013 season. He played for three years with the Nittany Lions and brings a lot of experience. While he won’t overwhelm anyone with his skills, he has the potential to be a serviceable linebacker in the NFL. The likely scenario for Carson is that someone brings him in to camp as an undrafted free agent. However, I have a sneaky feeling that he’ll hear his name late in the draft.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
I could see both Robinson and DaQuan Jones taken around the same time- third round to be specific. Jones is a top 10 defensive tackle in this draft and he’s a great run stuffer. His lack of pass rushing skills probably hurts his draft stock a little and like Robinson’s situation, this year’s draft class has a very good crop of defensive tackles.
If this draft was based on intelligence and the players’ academic accomplishments, we all know that Urschel would be the surefire No. 1 overall pick. Still though, he’s a solid guard who has lots of experience of battling in the trenches. With that said, I think Urschel gets drafted somewhere from the fifth round to the seventh round.
As much as I want Glenn Carson to get drafted, I don’t think he will be. He patrolled the middle of the Penn State defense for three straight years and was as solid of a linebacker as they come. His lack of speed and overall athleticism is probably what’s going to keep him from getting drafted, but hopefully he’ll get a shot as an undrafted free agent.