NFL Draft 2021: 6 Penn State Football standouts invited to NFL Combine

Shaka Toney of Penn State (Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports)
Shaka Toney of Penn State (Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) /

Six Penn State Football standouts were designated as NFL Combine invitees, ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft

There will be no NFL Combine this year, the latest impact of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, but the league is still sending out invites to prospects who would have been invited to Indianapolis, including six of Penn State Football’s eight eligible players.

In person interviews in modified Indianapolis J.W. Marriott hotel rooms will be replaced by Zoom meetings between prospects, coaches, and front offices. There won’t be a mass-gathering in Indianapolis where prospects typically run the 40-yard dash and participate in on-field drills in front of the entire league, instead, their final audition will be at their on campus pro days.

But, six Nittany Lions earned the distinction of “Combine invitees” Tuesday.

Here’s the list:

LB – Micah Parsons

OL – Will Fries

OL – Michael Menet

TE- Pat Freiermuth

DE – Jayson Oweh

DE – Shaka Toney

Parsons has been projected as high as a top-10 selection, with Freiermuth and Oweh both among the highest risers ahead of the draft with the possibility of joining Parsons as first-round selections.

Penn State Football has not had a first-round pick since Saquon Barkley was chosen No. 2 overall by the NY Giants in 2018, but could have as many as three first-round picks in April’s NFL Draft.

All of Penn State Football’s draft-eligible players will have the chance to showcase their skills in front of representatives from all 32 teams, at the program’s pro day on March 25.

Next. Round projections for each of Penn State's NFL Draft prospects. dark