After months of anticipation and predictions, we finally know where the former Nittany Lions ended up in the 2014 NFL Draft. Most experts expected three Penn State players to hear their names called by NFL teams, there was just debate over when that would happen. As expected, wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones and offensive guard John Urschel all found homes with NFL teams.
There was little doubt that Robinson would be the first Nittany Lion taken. His draft projections changed over the last few months, going anywhere from a first-round pick to a fourth-rounder. After all of the projections, Robinson was taken towards the end of the second round as the No. 61 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the third pick of the Jaguars, who took quarterback Black Bortles and fellow wide receiver Marqise Lee ahead of him.
Robinson becomes the fourth former Nittany Lion on the current Jacksonville roster, joining linebacker Paul Posluszny, linebacker Nate Stupar, and center Matt Stankiewitch.
Jones, who was predicted as a third or fourth-rounder heading into the draft, was selected in the fourth round as the No. 112 pick overall by the Tennessee Titans. He likely won’t be leaned on heavily in his rookie season, but his size and strength should land him in the defensive line rotation at some point.
He became the 11th Penn State defensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft since 2003.
The final Nittany Lion taken was offensive guard John Urschel. Undersized for his position, Urschel was probably the biggest mystery of the three Penn State draftees. After being invited to the NFL Combine and participating in Pro Day, teams were all over the board on Urschel’s evaluation. The guard ultimately lasted until the fifth round, where the Baltimore Ravens made him the No. 175 pick overall.
Urschel was the fifth Penn State offensive lineman drafted since 2009.
With three selections in this year’s draft, the Nittany Lions have had 36 players drafted since 2006 and 335 total. Penn State’s three drafted players this year tied for third-most in the Big Ten.
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