Penn State football mock draft: Stock up/down after the Senior Bowl

Four Nittany Lions went to Mobile Alabama for the Senior Bowl and two impressed enough to boost their draft stock with the NFL combine just a month away.
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The week before the Super Bowl used to be about showcasing the current stars in the NFL, but now it’s about catching a glimpse of the league’s future. The Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile Alabama took center stage in the football world on Saturday, and earlier in the week, the East-West Shrine Bowl kicked off the pre-draft All-Star games on Thursday. 

Four Nittany Lions got the invite to Mobile, Theo Johnson, Adisa Isaac, Kalen King, and Johnny Dixon, while Caedan Wallace, Hunter Nourzad, Curtis Jacobs, and Daequan Hardy were in Frisco, Texas for the Shrine Bowl. 

Penn State’s most notable draft prospects, Olu Fashanu and Chop Robinson opted to sit out of the all-star games in preparation for the NFL Draft Combine. 

Of the eight Nittany Lions that participated this past week, a few helped their draft stock, while one continues to watch his stock fall. So, with the 2024 NFL draft still a few months away, let’s do our first Penn State mock draft to see where these players could end up after the first major pre-draft event. 

Olu Fashanu. . Olu Fashanu. 35. . Olu Fashanu. 7. (1st round). player. OT

Fashanu would have been a top 10 pick had he come out in the 2023 NFL Draft, so with another stellar year on his resume, teams will have no reservations about grabbing him early. The Titans took a Big Ten offensive tackle last year, but Peter Skoronski had to kick into guard because of his short arms. 

Fashanu will easily stick at left tackle in the NFL and Tennessee will have an elite left side of the offensive line with Skoronski and Fashau in back-to-back drafts. The other option at tackle is Joe Alt, who could be taken in this spot, but Fashanu won’t fall any further than No. 10 to the New York Jets.