Where Are Penn Staters Falling In NFL Draft Week Mocks?
Welcome to draft week!
Mock draft experts are casting their final predictions, and a consensus is beginning to develop surrounding where Penn State’s expected draftees will fall. Here’s a look at the final mock drafts just before the NFL Draft gets going Thursday:
Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Seven-Round Mock Draft
Reuter’s most recent mock has perhaps the most favorable outcome for Nittany Lions as any to date, with seven players selected. Leading off, he has Miles Sanders selected in the second round with the No. 39 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Amani Oruwariye falling one selection later to the Buffalo Bills at No. 40 overall.
Into the third round, he has Connor McGovern to the New York Jets at No. 68 overall, a pick made in numerous mocks so far. Two former Penn State linemen make up the fourth round, with Shareef Miller going first at No. 103 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, plus Ryan Bates at No. 121 to the Tennessee Titans.
Another Wild Dog went off the board in the fifth round, as Reuter has Kevin Givens at No. 158 overall to the Buffalo Bills.
Last but certainly not least, Reuter not only has Trace McSorley being drafted but as a sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans at No. 195 overall. Although they never crossed paths at Penn State, could the Nittany Lion connection between Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and McSorley be enough for a sixth-round draft pick?
Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus): Three-Round Mock Draft
Palazzolo’s latest mock features only two Nittany Lions, but in very interesting spots. He has Amani Oruwariye in the first round at No. 29 overall to the Seattle Seahawks, citing Oruwariye’s “excellent size, movement skills, and ball skills, reminiscent of an early-career Aqib Talib who has developed into one of the league’s best corners.”
Next, he has Miles Sanders falling in the third round at No. 86 to the Houston Texans.
Ryan Wilson (CBS): Seven-Round Mock Draft
Wilson’s latest seven-round projection saw five Nittany Lions selected, featuring an upset pick that Penn State fans would certainly be intrigued to see.
First, he has Oruwariye going in the second round with the No. 39 overall pick to the Buccaneers. Miles Sanders came off the board with the fifth selection of the third round at No. 69 overall to the Jaguars.
Connor McGovern was the lone Nittany Lion in the fourth round, coming off the board No. 113 overall to the Ravens. Shareef Miller went at No. 160 in round five also to the Ravens, which would allow the practice match-up of Bates and Miller to continue for years to come.
Finally, only two selections away from becoming Mr. Irrelevant, Wilson has the New England Patriots snagging quarterback Trace McSorley No. 252 overall. Would Bill Belichick turn McSorley into his next great wide receiver? Would he develop him into Tom Brady’s successor? Would he program him into a robot like all the other Patriots players? If Wilson’s prediction is correct, Penn State fans will get to find out.
Regardless of what the mock drafts say, all speculation will end over the course of the next few days as NFL teams finally make their long-awaited selections.
With potential day one and two selections like Miles Sanders and Amani Oruwariye, all the way down to the fringe draftees like Trace McSorley, Penn State fans will certainly have something to keep an eye on for all seven rounds.
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Penn State’s magical 2019 season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
It’s hard not to draw parallels between this year’s lacrosse team and a couple other Nittany Lion teams that have used the City of Brotherly Love as a launching pad to sustained success.
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