Roster construction isn’t just about plugging holes or fixing weaknesses, it’s also about building on strengths. Penn State had the best pressure rate and most sacks in the country this season. Manny Diaz’s defense is losing Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac, the team’s top two edge rushers, but Dani Dennis-Sutton, Amin Vanover, and Zuriah Fisher are ready to slot into those spots.
On the interior, Penn State is losing Hakeem Beamon but has Zane Durant and Coziah Izzard returning. The interior defensive line isn’t necessarily a position of need, but generating pressure from the defensive line is. Peebles will do just that.
Peebles is fifth among all interior defensive linemen in pass-rush win rate at 15.3% and finished the year 20th in pressures with 27.