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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 NFL.com 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
  • NFL.com Grade: 5.4/10 (NFL backup or special team potential)
  • NFL.com 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
  • NFL.com Grade: 5.6/10 (chance to become NFL starter)
  • NFL.com 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
  • NFL.com Grade: 5.2/10 (NFL backup or special team potential)
  • NFL.com 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
  • NFL.com Grade: 5.0/10 (50-50 chance to make NFL roster)
  • NFL.com Position Rank: t-No. 14 ILB

Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

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

Brandon Felder

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

Adam Gress

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

Matt Lehman

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

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