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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Hunter Nourzad. 178. player. 55. C. Hunter Nourzad. . . (6th round). Hunter Nourzad

Entering the draft process, Nourzad looked like a player who would likely go undrafted and would be lucky to be picked up by a team as an undrafted free agent. The Cornell transfer allowed a team-high 16 pressures on Drew Allar last season, however, his two years of starting experience in the Big Ten will be appealing for a team in search of offensive line depth. 

Nourzad also impressed in Frisco at the Shrine Bowl. He showed off some real athleticism in the screen game like on this play in practice: 

Pass protection is going to be a question for Nourzad at the NFL level, but if he could hold his own in Frisco and was smart enough to go to Cornell, team’s will value him in the later round. 

Since Andy Weidl came over to Pittsburgh from Philadelphia to serve as Omar Khan’s right hand man, the Steelers have prioritized offensive line depth, specifically on the interior. I could see the Steelers grabbing two or three offensive linemen in the draft and Nourzad could be one of them.