Penn Staters Continue To Find Spots In Expert Mock Drafts
With only two weeks remaining before the 2019 NFL Draft, scouts and writers are locking in their draft boards and beginning to get a stronger grip on how things will play out over the weekend of April 25-27.
Here’s a look at all the Nittany Lions’ predicted future landing spots in the most recent mock drafts:
Mel Kiper (ESPN): Three-Round Mock Draft
Somewhat surprisingly, the first Penn State player to come off the board in Mel Kiper’s latest predictions was offensive lineman Connor McGovern. Kiper pegged the Atlanta Falcons to snag him in the third round with the 79th overall pick, which began a run of former Nittany Lions.
He thinks the Minnesota Vikings will grab Miles Sanders two picks later, and the New York Jets are predicted to select Amani Oruwariye with the 93rd overall pick. All three Penn Staters in his mock were mid-to late third round selections, which was a recurring theme in this week’s mocks.
Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Seven-Round Mock Draft
Dane Brugler had five Nittany Lions selected, with notable absences in Trace McSorley and Kevin Givens. Most seven-round mocks don’t include McSorley and feature Givens, so this was interesting to see.
Brugler put Connor McGovern, Miles Sanders, and Amani Oruwariye in similar spots to Kiper’s in the mid-to-late third round. He thinks Sanders is headed to the Carolina Panthers at No. 77 overall, McGovern will land in Kansas City at No. 92, and Oruwariye to the Los Angeles Rams at No. 94.
In the sixth round, Brugler pegged defensive end Shareef Miller to the Bengals. He also had Dwayne Haskins ending up in Cincinnati, so that would be an interesting duo considering the two players’ history. Ryan Bates rounded out the Nittany Lions in this mock draft as the 221st overall pick to the Cleveland Browns.
R.J. White (CBS Sports): Seven-Round Mock Draft
R.J. White’s seven-rounder featured only four Nittany Lions and omitted Ryan Bates, Trace McSorley, and Kevin Givens.
The first three Nittany Lions off the board went within a similar range of picks in the third round. Oruwariye went first at No. 75 overall to the Chiefs, Sanders came next at No. 87 overall to the Bears, and McGovern rounded out the third round at No. 88 overall to the Detroit Lions.
Shareef Miller’s name appears in round five of this mock draft; White thinks the Baltimore Ravens will use the 157th overall pick on him.
It’s beginning to look like a heavy undrafted free agent year for Penn State, as none of these mocks had Trace McSorley, Kevin Givens, Koa Farmer, Deandre Thompkins, or Nick Scott selected.
These mocks may not be all that encouraging, but remember that it’s not impossible for these guys to catch on rosters if they aren’t selected in the NFL Draft. Players like Grant Haley and Jason Cabinda got off to nice starts with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, respectively, after going undrafted.
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