Who is Penn State Football losing to NFL Draft? Round projections for each player

Micah Parsons #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
Micah Parsons #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images) /
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Penn State Football is poised to lose seven players to the 2021 NFL Draft, and could see as many as three chosen in the first-round

Penn State Football has the chance to have one of its most fruitful draft classes in recent memory, with the possibility of as many as three players hearing their name called in the first-round and upwards of seven possibly chosen during the 2021 NFL Draft.

While the Nittany Lions have plenty of returning talent in 2021, replacing the likes of edge rusher Jayson Oweh, tight end Pat Freiermuth, and interior lineman Michal Menet will be no small feat.

Then, there’s All-American inside linebacker Micah Parsons, who has the chance to be a top-10 pick.

As the 2021 NFL Draft nears in April, and Penn State Football’s Pro Day approaches next month, here’s a look at all seven players the Nittany Lions are poised to lose to the NFL Draft and round projections for each player:

OL – Michal Menet

Menet might be one of the best kept secret among interior offensive line prospects in this year’s class.

At 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, Menet has the versatility to play all three interior positions and emerged as one of the more dominant centers in the Big Ten during his four seasons anchoring the Nittany Lions’ offensive line.

Menet was voted a team captin in 2019 and started all nine games for Penn State Football, prior to receiving a Senior Bowl invitation  and becoming a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection.

Fundamentally sound, Menet also has a fiery competitive streak that he often plays with, and his toughness makes him a favorite at the position among several NFL scouts.

Round projection: 4th to 5th