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Trace McSorley Drafted No. 197 Overall By Baltimore Ravens

After an entire offseason worth of speculation, Trace McSorley heard his name called at the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Baltimore Ravens selected McSorley with the No. 197 overall pick in this weekend’s draft after becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in Penn State history.

McSorley became the Nittany Lions’ winningest quarterback and set the program’s records with 9,899 passing yards and a total of 107 touchdowns during his three years as the team’s starting quarterback. He also recorded the most total yards of offense in program history, and his streak of 27 consecutive games with a touchdown is also a program record.

He beat out Tommy Stevens for the starting job before the 2016 season, and it’s safe to say James Franklin made the right decision. No. 9 went on to post a 31-9 record as Penn State’s starter, including a Big Ten championship in 2016 and Fiesta Bowl victory one season later.

Some of the best wins of McSorley’s tenure as starter included two fairly famous comebacks over then-No. 2 Ohio State under White Out conditions and Wisconsin in the 2016 Big Ten title game.

The quarterback tested very well at both the NFL Scouting Combine and Penn State’s pro day this offseason. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time among quarterbacks at the Combine (4.59 seconds), and his passing at both pre-draft evaluations was accurate and strong.

Baltimore earned the 197th pick by trading with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, giving them their 22nd pick in return for the 25th, 127th, and the 197th pick.

McSorley will join a room of dual-threat quarterbacks in Baltimore, alongside Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III. He’ll likely battle for the backup spot with the team.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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