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Dolphins selected Penn State DB Jordan Lucas with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucas (6'0/201) made 33 starts for Penn State, shifting from cornerback to safety as a senior before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He piled up 11 career tackles for loss and 25 pass breakups with three interceptions. Lucas was recovered in time for the PSU Pro Day, blazing 4.45 and showing explosion in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'10") jumps. Lucas has experience covering slot receivers and NFL-level athleticism, but he should've made more plays in college and isn't an in-the-box run stuffer. The Dolphins play to try Lucas as a press corner, but he'll have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 4:58 PM

Lions selected Penn State DT Anthony Zettel with the No. 202 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Zettel (6'4/277) made 28 starts on the defensive line, racking up 38 career tackles for loss and 20 sacks. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior. Zettel turned in a solid Combine workout, running 4.81 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 28 bench-press reps. Zettel won with extreme effort in college, but he has short arms (31 1/8") and lacks one outstanding trait. He'll probably max out as a rotational lineman in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 4:55 PM

Browns selected Penn State EDGE Carl Nassib with the No. 65 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft

Nassib (6'7/277) earned 2015's Lombardi Award as the nation's best defensive front seven player, setting a Penn State single-season record with 15.5 sacks and leading the nation in forced fumbles (6). Although Nassib lacks quick-twitch athleticism, he combines outstanding length (34 1/2") with huge hands (10 3/8") and a relentless motor. If Nassib improves his strength -- the former walk-on gained 70 pounds in college and hasn't yet caught up in the weight room -- he could have a future at strong-side defensive end.
Apr 29 - 9:45 PM

Jets selected Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Hackenberg (6'4/223) looked like a future No. 1 overall NFL pick under Bill O'Brien before spending the last two seasons struggling mightily in James Franklin's offense. In 2014-2015, Hackenberg completed just 54.8% of his throws with a 6.53 YPA and 28:21 TD-to-INT ratio. As a 38-game starter, Hackenberg's career record was 21-17. Although Hackenberg is a plus athlete with NFL size and arm strength, he is a scattershot ball locator with major technical flaws and absorbed 104 career sacks. Hackenberg offers growth potential -- he turned 21 in February whereas Carson Wentz will turn 24 later this year -- but he is clearly a multi-year project.
Apr 29 - 8:51 PM

Titans selected Penn State DT Austin Johnson with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Johnson (6'4/314) made 28 starts in three seasons with the Nittany Lions, tallying 8.5 career sacks and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015. Although Johnson possesses baseline athletic ability at best — 5.32 forty, 8'3" broad jump — he is a massive-framed interior lineman with a relentless motor and two-gapping potential. Even with scant pass-rush skills, Johnson should be able to forge a career as a block-eating five-, one- or zero-technique tackle.
Apr 29 - 8:13 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Penn State CB Trevor Williams has drawn interest from 15 teams since his Pro Day.

Wilson is not so kind as to offer us the specific teams kicking Williams' tires, but 15 have either brought him in for a visit, put him through a private workout or put in an inquiry on the 5-foot-11, 191-pounder. A huge part of this interest is coming thanks to a fantastic Pro Day in which Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds and notched a vertical jump of 35 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-5. Wilson writes that he is "regarded as [a] rising late-round pick."
Apr 25 - 11:31 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that some of his NFL sources believe Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg will get taken before Paxton Lynch.

Out of nowhere, Hackenberg has been infused with some serious stock helium over the past 24 hours. First, MMQB's Peter King report that the Bills will consider him in Rd. 1, now the even more unbelievable dispatch that Hack may go over Lynch, who most consider a top-20 lock. Interestingly, just like King didn't believe that Buffalo would actually take Hack in Rd. 1, Pauline also doesn't believe Hack will go over Lynch. "I do not buy this opinion, but expect Hackenberg to be off the board during the early part of the second round as the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins are all considering him in the top half of that frame," Pauline wrote.
Apr 25 - 3:19 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports that "some in the NFL are convinced" the Bills will consider taking Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg in Rd. 1.

Some inside the organization, according to King, perceive Hackenberg as being good coaching away from being a good player. That team owner Terry Pegula has deep roots at Penn State doesn't hurt Hack's cause to crash the first round party. Despite having been the one to report the news, King isn't buying it. "I can’t see it," he wrote. "Rex Ryan’s a Tyrod Taylor guy, and he won’t want that messed with. Ryan wants a tough disruptor in the front seven from this draft, and it’s got to be someone who can get to the quarterback because the Bills were so bad at that last year."
Source: MMQB
Apr 25 - 2:32 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg "doesn't have a clock in his head."

No argument on that front from us. There is a vast body of evidence that has shown Hackenberg consistently rattled by oncoming defenders, blitzes and gentle breezes. "I understand they had a poor offensive line but that's too many sacks," the scout said. "Throw the ball away. Do something. He has talent but he scares the hell out of me." We are 100% on-board with that assessment. Arm talent means little when you don't have the head to use it. Whether Penn State simply broke Hackenberg, he broke himself or a combination of the two, there is legitimate work to be done here before Hack can realistically be discussed as someone who could positively impact an NFL offense.
Apr 21 - 5:45 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg denied that he threw former HC James Franklin under the bus during NFL interviews.

"I basically went into every interview and said here's what we did. And the overruling theme was that it was just different," Hackenberg said. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound gunslinger went so far as to describe the very idea of blaming Franklin as "asinine" and said that it would be "shocking" to him if a team misinterpreted his statements. Nice spin game, Mr. Hackenberg, nice spin game. ESPN's Jon Gruden believes the former Nittany Lion deserves to be a first-round selection, but a Day 2 pick as high as the second round is probably more realistic at this point.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden wrote that he would be "shocked" if Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is not selected on Day 1.

Let us state upfront and on the record that Rotoworld's collective NFL Draft coverage team would not be shocked if Hack failed to scrape the first round. We don't see him as a first-round prospect at this point, period. But let's see Gruden's spin game here. "What he showed during that first year at Penn State -- before the coaching change, before the system change, before all the things that derailed him -- would be enough for me to take this guy early," Gruden wrote in referencing Hackenberg's performance from 2013. The Monday Night Football personality believes he "just has to get in the right system with the right people and refocus on the small details." The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder is visiting the Redskins on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 1:59 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is visiting the Redskins on Tuesday.

This, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport additionally reported that Hackenberg met with the Jets on Monday. Given their limited options at signal-caller right now, the Jets' interest in Hack is understandable, even if we view him as a troubling quarterback prospect. As to the Redskins, slightly less understandable. They applied the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins at the beginning of March and at least outwardly, it would seem that Hackenberg would be something of a broken luxury pick. A Day 2 selection (second and third rounds) is most likely for the embattled Penn State gunslinger.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 12:50 PM

Penn State CB Trevor Williams was invited to participate in Tuesday's Washington Redskins local prospect day.

Williams performed admirably enough at his Pro Day, sprinting through the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds while recording leaps of 35 1/2 inches (vertical) and 10-foot-5 (broad). The 5-foot-11, 191-pound draft-hopeful registered 33 tackles (3.0 for loss) and an interception in 2015. He picked off a total of five passes during his four years with the Nittany Lions. If he is selected in the draft (a long-shot), it won't be until Day 3.
Apr 17 - 1:06 PM

NFL Media analyst Charley Casserly projected the Broncos to select Penn State DT Austin Johnson with the 31st pick in his April 7 mock draft.

Few mock drafts project Johnson as a first-rounder, but Casserly sneaks him in at the tail end of the first round in his most recent mock. The analyst also writes that the Broncos could "go a lot of ways with this pick," though. An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in February called the 6-foot-4, 314-pound defensive tackle a potential selection for late in the first round or early in the second round, giving at least a little credence to Casserly's tentative projection. ESPN's Kevin Weidl also pegged him as a potential first-rounder back in November. He recorded 78 tackles (15 for loss) and 6.5 sacks last season.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 4:12 PM

Penn State edge rusher Carl Nassib visited the Bucs on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Bucs definitely need edge rushing help (like man other teams), and if they pass with their first round selection, Nassib could be a target in the third or fourth round. Nassib was uber productive this season and went through a major transformation during his college career, gaining 70-ish pounds since stepping foot on campus. We aren't in love with his projection and question if how he won in college will work in the NFL.
Apr 7 - 11:24 AM


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