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Shaka Toney Declares For 2021 NFL Draft

Penn State football defensive end Shaka Toney has officially declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to an announcement on his Twitter page.

In a statement, Toney said playing college football at Penn State was “a dream come true.”

“I want to thank Coach Franklin, the Penn State staff, and coaches for all they’ve done for me by helping me grow as a player, a man, and a person,” Toney said. “To my teammates, what more can I say than I appreciate you. You all will be my brothers for life.”

Toney, a redshirt senior and captain for the 2020 season, posted 19.5 career sacks at Penn State, good for 10th all-time in program history. He appeared in 47 games with the Nittany Lions and posted 115 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, and four pass deflections.

Earlier this year, Toney accepted an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, where he’ll hope to boost his draft stock. At this time, he’d likely hear his name called on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft, if anything. Pro Football Network recently labeled Toney as a fifth-round selection.

Toney is the third Nittany Lion to declare for the draft so far this cycle. He joins tight end Pat Freiermuth and fellow defensive end Jayson Oweh in moving on to the NFL.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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