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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that Penn State WR Chris Godwin has worked his way into the second-round conversation.

"I didn't think he played like a top-50 prospect earlier in the 2016 season [when he registered a 59-982-11 receiving line], but he has really helped himself in the postseason portion of the evaluation process," Jeremiah writes. That continued this week, when Godwin turned in a stellar performance during pro day drills. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that he "looked natural in all aspects of the position." Looping back to Godwin's work during the 2016 season, it is important to remember that Penn State's offense did not start to click in earnest until midway through the campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 8:09 PM

The San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and New York Jets met with Penn State DE Garrett Sickles at the program's pro day.

Tip of the hat to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline on this one. Wrote the analyst, "Sickels worked both defensive line and linebacker drills, looking very athletic and fluid in each. Teams love the fact he can line up at multiple positions and in multiple schemes, with someone referring to him as a 'Swiss Army Knife.'" While many prospects choose to sit on at least some of their Combine results on pro day, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder opted to re-do most of his tests. Among the notable numbers he put up, a three-cone drill time of 4.80 seconds. Sickels is a likely Day 3 selection.
Mar 17 - 7:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Penn State WR Chris Godwin "looked tremendous catching the ball" during pro day drills.

"Those on hand said he was very quick and looked natural in all aspects of the position," Pauline writes. Godwin was one of the stars of the Combine, putting in a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, a 10-foot-6 broad jump and -- tops among all receivers -- a stellar 4.00-second run in the short shuttle. He reportedly has a visit to the Steelers on his docket in the coming weeks. The team is already paying close attention, here, with Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley present for Godwin's pro day work. Expect to hear the Penn State wideout's name called on Day 2.
Mar 17 - 6:27 PM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Godwin dominates in the contested catch department, something the Steelers currently lack with the ongoing uncertainty with Martavis Bryant. Godwin then displayed astounding athleticism, producing a composite score in the 89th percentile. An evaluator can look at his game and see that Godwin shines in one area with the potential upside to grow in others. The 21-year-old will be a second day selection.
Mar 15 - 8:42 AM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin's Combine workout places him in the 89th percentile of athleticism at the position, according to Zach Whitman.

At 6-foot-1 and 209 lbs, Godwin produced a top five workout among receivers. We knew Godwin shined as a contested catch receiver, converting those opportunities at a higher rate than any pass catcher over the last two years, according to Matt Harmon. Now add on Godwin's athleticism and his age (21 years old during rookie year) and you have yourself a second round pick at the latest.
Mar 8 - 11:28 AM

FOX Sports Bruce Feldman relays that he has spoken with several NFL personnel members who believe that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will be a top-five pick should he declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Feldman heard this scuttlebutt while hanging out in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. Barkley, one of the best returning players in the FBS, rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. While projecting any player for the draft (in the top-five, at that) more than a year out is fraught with its own set of issues, there is no denying the phenomenal talent here. Barring injury, Barkley should be in the conversation.
Mar 5 - 4:46 PM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

That mark tied for No. 5 among receivers. At 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, he added a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump and a 4.00-second short-shuttle, the quickest in show. That latter showing, per Scouts Inc., "may help ease some concerns about some tightness transitioning out of breaks." Answering that question is critical to Godwin's evaluation, as the NFL is already quite high on his ball skills. Matt Harmon of Reception Perception charted him as the top receiver in contested situations over the last two years in college. "During drill work he was still a bit segmented with his routes but tracked and caught the ball well," noted Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "Godwin's ball skills and ability to track the ball down the field are his strengths on tape, and running faster than expected will only boost his stock for teams looking to add a vertical threat on the perimeter."
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 11:10 AM

Matt Harmon of Reception Perception charted Penn State WR Chris Godwin as the best prospect at contested catches over the last two years with a conversion rate of 85.7%

That topped 2016's champion Josh Doctson by 0.7%. Godwin shines in this area of the game, either along the sideline or in the end zone. The question is if his game can grow beyond that, and athletic testing might help his cause. Godwin is aggressive after the catch and will work over the middle of the field. His best game was his last, the Rose Bowl against USC.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 22 - 9:09 AM

Scout.com's John Garcia Jr. passes along that Penn State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Justin Fields "spun the ball with power and consistency" at The Opening regional in Orlando.

Fields impressed to the point where he was named positional MVP at the regional. That shiny work earned him an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals. Garcia notes that the 6-foot-3, 221-pounder "anticipated breaks well and knew when to take something off of the ball when necessary." He didn't just sparkle in his passing work, though, as Scout.com's No. 57 overall prospect in the 2018 class also logged an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 9:35 PM

Todd Smith, Penn State freshman DT Fred Hansard's high school coach, said that his pupil possesses "a rare combination of size, strength, speed and explosiveness."

"Combine those things with how physical he plays the game, and you have a kid that will be able to dominate the line of scrimmage at the next level," Smith said. Hansard had been committed to Florida as of late August, but changed his tune later in the cycle. The 6-foot-3, 314-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 143 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Feb 18 - 2:06 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz ranked Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley as the No. 1 returning player in the Big Ten.

"He boasts the second-highest returning overall grade from 2016 running backs, the second-most yards, the second-most yards after contact and posted more touchdowns and forced missed tackles than any returning back," writes Liskiewitz, who notes that Barkley has caused 146 missed tackles in just two seasons with the Nittany Lions. During the past campaign, the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Barkley rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 404 yards and an additional four scores. Barkley has Heisman chops and should be in the running for a trip to New York for those festivities in 2017.
Feb 12 - 4:48 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Nick Tarburton.

Scout.com ranks Tarburton as the No. 1 inside linebacking prospect in the state of Pennsylvania for 2018. Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt were among the teams jostling for his pledge prior to him committing to Penn State. Scout's Brian Dohn notes that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder's "size at the high school level is often overwhelming." The analyst believes Tarburton could potentially shift to defensive end down the road.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 10 - 7:12 PM

Penn State signed three-star 2017 G Michael Miranda.

While ESPN assigns Miranda with a four-star ranking and slots him into their 2017 master list at No. 277 overall, Rivals is somewhat more conservative in their view of the 6-foot-3, 303-pounder's collegiate prospects. The latter outlet does not rank him among their top 250 prospects in the just-wrapped class. They see him home as the No. 19 guard recruit in the country.
Source: Rivals
Feb 9 - 5:06 PM

Scout.com's Brian Dohn writes that Penn State three-star 2018 verbal LB commit Jesse Luketa's closing speed "jumps out."

"He runs well, has good burst and his ability to change directions allows him to succeed in space, but his ability to chase a play down and then close on the ball carrier is evident," Dohn explained. The analyst notes that the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder possesses "fantastic body control," with tackling being one of his already-developed plus-traits. He would like to see Luketa add a bit of bulk. Given that the Penn State pledge has yet to even enter his senior season at Mercyhurst Preparatory School (Pennsylvania), there is still plenty of time for him to pack on additional playing weight. Dohn believes he has the frame to do so without losing any of that vaunted quickness.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 5 - 4:59 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Penn State four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Ricky Slade possesses "the ability to burst and then accelerate to daylight from out of nowhere."

"The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Slade possesses legit 4.48 40-yard dash time, and it carries over to the field with explosive burst and the ability to score from anywhere," Hamilton writes. Slade committed to the Nittany Lions late this past week. Even at this early stage of the game, Hamilton gives HC James Franklin and crew a 95% chance of holding onto the four-star stud. He believes that Virginia Tech could pose the biggest threat to sniping Slade's pledge, though "biggest threat" appears to be relative in this case.
Feb 5 - 2:12 PM


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