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Jayson Oweh Declares For 2021 NFL Draft

Penn State football defensive end Jayson Oweh is headed to the NFL.

Oweh announced Saturday that he’ll forgo his final years of eligibility in Happy Valley and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“It has been an honor to be a part of the Penn State family and don the Blue & White,” Oweh said. “The care Penn State has provided me was exceptional and has been truly expressed. I remember going to my first game and instantly knowing this was where I was supposed to be. Through the years, this journey has shown me everything I am and how much I have matured in Happy Valley.”

After a solid redshirt freshman season and some freaky athleticism, Oweh garnered plenty of attention entering the 2020 campaign. Over the course of the nine-game season, the defensive end racked up 38 total tackles but failed to register a sack. He was held out of the Nittany Lions’ final two games with an injury sustained against Rutgers.

Oweh’s top performance of the 2020 season was a 10-tackle day against Maryland.

While he may not have quite lived up to the lofty expectations many set for him, the New Jersey native is still projected as a first-round pick by several outlets. In a recent Fansided mock draft, Oweh was projected to go as the No. 19 pick to the New York Giants. In a December 21 CBS Sports mock, he was predicted No. 22 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Oweh is now the second Nittany Lion to announce that he’ll leave Penn State early for the NFL. Junior tight end Pat Freiermuth made his decision official earlier this month the day after Penn State’s win over Illinois.

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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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