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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. (2nd round). Theo Johnson. 56. Theo Johnson. TE. player. . Theo Johnson. 49

Joe Burrow needs more weapons, especially if Tee Higgins leaves in free agency, as he’s expected to. The Bengals could go with a wide receiver, or take the tight end who impressed at the Senior Bowl. 

Johnson looked good in practice against high-level competition and has the athletic traits to rise up draft boards after the combine. The middle of the second round might be early for a player who only caught 34 passes for 341 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but teams may overlook his lack of production for his physical upside. 

Playing alongside another talented tight end in Tyler Warren and stuck on the 75th ranked passing offense in the country, Johnson’s lack of eye-popping stats can be easily explained away. 

If Johnson runs a great time in the 40-yard dash next month then he could start to get second-round buzz. This is probably his absolute ceiling, but after looking great at the Senior Bowl, he deserves consideration.