PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State in the 2014 NFL Draft

Disclaimer: All of the players mentioned as being “draft eligible” in this piece are players who are graded on ESPN’s list of NFL Draft prospects. There is always the possibility that someone who isn’t listed gets drafted, or someone who isn’t listed as a draft prospect signs on as a free agent after the Draft.

Penn State will be well-represented in this year’s NFL Draft, which takes place May 8-10. A total of eight Nittany Lions are draft-eligible this year, and a few have a chance to be drafted.

The eight players are Glenn Carson, Brandon Felder, Adam Gress, DaQuan Jones, Matt Lehman, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, Allen Robinson, and John Urschel. Of that group, ESPN has Jones, Robinson, and Urschel as players likely to get drafted, while has Carson and Obeng-Agyapong getting drafted along with the aforementioned trio.

Of course, any grades given to players before the NFL Draft should be taken with a grain of salt, since players can go on to shock people and have a career in the league that nobody expected them to have. Penn Staters are familiar to this because they’ve seen players go undrafted and have nice careers (Matt McGloin) or go high in the draft and underachieve (Courtney Brown). Regardless, here’s how things look for the eight Nittany Lions in the Draft:

DaQuan Jones

  • ESPN Grade: 75/100 (solid prospect)
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 7 DT
  • ESPN Overall Rank: No. 72
  • Grade: 5.4/10 (NFL backup or special team potential)
  • Position Rank: t-No. 5 DT

Allen Robinson

  • ESPN Grade: 71/100 (solid prospect)
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 15 WR
  • ESPN Overall Rank: No. 83
  • Grade: 5.6/10 (chance to become NFL starter)
  • Position Rank: t-No. 10 WR

John Urschel

  • ESPN Grade: 68/100 (good prospect)
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 6 OG
  • ESPN Overall Rank: No. 103
  • Grade: 5.2/10 (NFL backup or special team potential)
  • Position Rank: t-No. 8 OG

Glenn Carson

  • ESPN Grade: 30/100 (borderline draft prospect)
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 17 ILB
  • ESPN Overall Rank: N/A
  • Grade: 5.0/10 (50-50 chance to make NFL roster)
  • Position Rank: t-No. 14 ILB

Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

  • ESPN Grade: 30/100
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 27 Safety
  • ESPN Overall Rank: N/A
  • Grade: 4.8/10 (should be in an NFL training camp)
  • Position Rank: t-No. 16 SS

Brandon Felder

  • ESPN Grade: 30/100
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 109 WR
  • ESPN Overall Rank: N/A
  • Grade: N/A
  • Position Rank: N/A

Adam Gress

  • ESPN Grade: 30/100
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 61 OT
  • ESPN Overall Rank: N/A
  • Grade: N/A
  • Position Rank: N/A

Matt Lehman

  • ESPN Grade: 30/100
  • ESPN Position Rank: No. 42 TE
  • ESPN Overall Rank: N/A
  • Grade: N/A
  • Position Rank: N/A

If things shake out the way they’re projected, Jones and Robinson will have solid NFL careers, Urschel and Carson have a chance to make it to the league, Obeng-Agyapong is on the outside looking in on an NFL career, and Felder, Gress, and Lehman probably won’t ever play in the NFL.

These grades/projections are pretty much set in stone, barring something extreme happening between now and the Draft. While it looks like there’s no superstars among the Penn Staters in the Draft, a few should go on to have nice pro careers. And who knows? Maybe someone(s) can surprise us all and go on to be really good NFL players.

About the Author


More by Bill

Mute Cities Is Not Your Average State College Band

The men of Mute Cities don’t want to be the usual, run-of-the-mill bar band. They have aspirations beyond State College, not wanting to be stuck in the trap of being a band that never gets out of Happy Valley.

Penn State is Awesome, Take Advantage of That: Bill DiFilippo’s Senior Column

Penn State Students Tailgate a Final


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend