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ESPN staff writer Tom VanHaaren believes that Penn State 2018 verbal-commit Ricky Slade could help replace the loss of Saquon Barkley.

VanHaaren also mentions that rising junior Miles Sanders will be able to help make up for the loss of the projected top-five pick, but believes Slade can contribute immediately. "Slade is an elusive back who could help in the passing game as well as the run game, and add an extra threat to the offense," VanHaaren writes. "He and Sanders should complement each other well." Replacing a talent like Barkley is a tall task, but Penn State might be better equipped to handle it than others.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 10:14 PM

Penn State S Troy Apke was named the MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Apke had one of the more impressive plays of the game; leaping to intercept a John O'Korn pass and returning it 56 yards. He also made several other tackles, and looked competent in coverage and also in the run game. It wouldn't be a surprise if Apke gets more looks from scouts going forward after his strong play in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 9:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah listed Penn State LB Jason Cabinda as one of the five standouts from Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Jeremiah notes that Cabinda wasn't one of his standouts for the week, but that the 6-foot-1, 243-pound linebacker really impressed come game time. "[Cabinda made a big impression on me during the game Saturday, Jeremiah writes. "He was physical coming downhill to make plays, showing some thump inside. Cabinda was Penn State's leading tackler in 2017, and it was easy to see why on Saturday. He can help an NFL team on defense and special teams." One of those teams could be the Jets, as Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports they interest in the linebacker during practices.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 8:43 PM

Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton caught two passes for 42 yards in a 14-10 loss to the West in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.

Hamilton did have a 30-yard catch, but he'll likely be kicking himself for dropping a pass from J.T. Barrett that would have been a stroll into the end zone. While the game wasn't great, Hamilton absolutely improved his stock, with several analysts mentioning that he and Northern Iowa wideout Daurice Fountain as the best offensive players on the field. With his size (6'1/211) and athleticism, he likely has solidified himself as a mid-round selection.
Jan 20 - 6:56 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Penn State RB Saquon Barkley going second-overall to the Giants in his latest mock draft.

Barkley is the only running back that Jeremiah projects going in the first round, meaning players like Georgia's Nick Chubb and LSU's Darrius Guice make it to round two. "I could easily see the Giants addressing the quarterback spot here, Jeremiah says, "but instead they opt for the best player in the draft."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 8:49 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton as one of his "winners" during East-West Shrine Game practices.

Hamilton (6'1/211) received rave reviews from virtually all publications that covered the practices, and Draft Analyst was no exception. "He ran great routes every day, separated from quicker, speedier cornerbacks and caught everything in sight, Pauline writes. "He won out for contested passes, grabbed receptions in the open field and consistently caught the ball with his hands away from his frame. He was also superb in blocking drills." There are concerns about his speed, but after showing out against the quality Washington defense and now this, his draft stock is certainly on the rise.
Jan 18 - 5:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the New York Jets have shown "a lot of interest" in Penn State LB Jason Cabinda at the Shrine Game.

Something to store in the recesses of your draftnik brain. Cabinda (6'1/243) doesn't look like much off the field. On it, he can be a menace. "He threw his body around the field defending the run and sold out on blitz drills," Pauline wrote of Cabinda's work in Shrine practices. "Earlier in the week he struggled during one-on-one cover drills but looked solid in scrimmages when the ball was in the air."
Jan 17 - 8:44 PM

Penn State CB Grant Haley met with the Falcons on Tuesday.

Haley (5'9/183) has the size you'd expect from a slot cornerback, a position that he could play for the Falcons or whatever team procures his services. Haley was also mentioned as a standout by Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst in Tuesday's Shrine Game practice. He currently projects as a late Day 3 selection.
Jan 16 - 9:17 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "multiple teams" had "in-depth discussions" with Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton following Monday's East-West Shrine Game practice.

Per Pauline, NFL squads were impressed with Hamilton's composure and answers when they were able to pull him aside. Teams are not limited either to the number of players they can interview nor to a set amount of time at either the Shrine Game or Senior Bowl. Different than at the NFL Scouting Combine, where parameters are set on both fronts. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Hamilton, one of the standout performers from Monday's practice, posted an 87-1009-4 receiving line during the 2017 campaign and will be angling for a Day 3 selection this spring.
Jan 16 - 1:46 PM

Penn State hired Army WR coach David Corley to serve as running backs coach.

Corley was hired over as Army wide receivers coach last offseason. Prior to working on staff with the Black Knights, he spent three seasons at UConn, two of which came as a running backs coach. He'll try to help transition Penn State into the post-Saquon Barkley era.
Jan 12 - 6:23 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2018 WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts.

Anderson-Butts (6'0/202) signed on with Penn State after committing to the school in July. He ranks 50th on ESPN's list of the top wideouts in the class, and the 11th best player in the state of Pennsylvania. With his size (6'1/202) he could be a red-zone threat, and reports are that he has quality hands with the ability to make people miss with the ball in his hands.
Source: Penn Live
Jan 8 - 2:12 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2018 DL Jayson Oweh.

Oweh made the announcement at the Under-Armour All-American game, but had actually signed with Penn State on December 22. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound defender picks the Nittany Lions over Ohio State, and is ranked as the fifth-best defensive end in the country by 247 Sports.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 6 - 4:12 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell gave Penn State four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Ricky Slade the "Lightning in a Bottle" award for his work during the Under Armour All-America Game practice week.

Farrell hands this one out to the "most dynamic and exciting player during the week." He praises Slade's ability as both a runner and a pass-catcher, writing that the Penn State pledge is "as elusive as they come and can turn on the jets in just a couple of strides." The big question with the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is whether he'll have the durability to handle the rigors of collegiate play as a true three-down back. Rivals ranks Slade as the No. 53 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 5 - 4:42 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that the team might select an RB early in Aprils NFL draft.

"You put (Andrew Luck) on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James -- maybe that's bigger, faster, stronger -- ... this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play," Irsay told the media. James was the No. 4 overall selection back in 1999, and the Colts now hold the No. 3 overall pick with an obvious top talent in Saquon Barkley possibly available. Irsay previously signed off on a trade that sent a first-round pick for Trent Richardson just a few seasons ago.
Jan 2 - 11:14 AM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

A New Year's Eve announcement from Barkley, who is expected to be drafted within the first 10 picks and could climb as high as the top three. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder went off for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage this season and brings to the table speed to spare as well as an array of hurdles and cuts. He might have been a top five pick if he had been allowed to enter last year's draft class. Barkley went out with a bang on Saturday, posting 137 yards and a pair of scores on the ground in a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
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