Ranking the greatest Penn State hidden NFL draft gems since 2000

The 2024 NFL draft is approaching and Penn State has plenty of prospects who will be selected on Day 2 or 3 of the NFL draft. These are the best later-round picks that the Nittany Lions have produced.
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Adrian Amos, S. 2. . Adrian Amos, S. . 2015. player. Adrian Amos. Round: 5 Pick: 142. 49

There are very few fifth-round picks who are Day 1 starters, but that’s what Adrian Amos was for the Chicago Bears. He spent the first eight years in the NFC North, four with Chicago and four with the Green Bay Packers, starting 122 of a possible 130 games. 

Amos has been incredibly steady in the defensive secondary for his entire career and he has a knack for the big play with 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles. Heading into the 2024 season, he is a free agent after splitting 2023 between the Jets and Texans.