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Eight Nittany Lions Invited To 2022 NFL Scouting Combine

Eight Nittany Lions received invites to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, according to the league’s official roster posted Wednesday morning.

Jaquan Brisker, Tariq Castro-Fields, Jahan Dotson, Arnold Ebiketie, Jesse Luketa, Brandon Smith, Jordan Stout, and Rasheed Walker were named among 324 prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. The annual showcase gives collegiate prospects a chance to display their physical and mental prowess weeks before the NFL Draft unfolds.

This year, Penn State’s eight invitees ranked fourth among all programs nationwide, tying with Arizona State, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Ole Miss. Georgia (14), Alabama and Oklahoma (11), and LSU and Texas A&M (9) lead the Nittany Lions.

Currently, three Penn Staters are receiving some legitimate first-round buzz. Defensive lineman Arnold Ebiketie, wide receiver Jahan Dotson, and safety Jaquan Brisker have all seen mock drafts placing them as day one draft picks. As recently as January, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. projected Ebiketie and Dotson in the first round. All three can reasonably expect to hear their name in the second round if they’re passed over.

Elsewhere, Jesse Luketa has earned mid-round grades, especially after his stellar performance in the 2022 Senior Bowl. Linebacker Brandon Smith and offensive lineman Rasheed Walker have been touted as freaks of athleticism, earning early mid-round grades. Even quieter prospects like Tariq Castro-Fields and Jordan Stout have received speculation as late-round fliers.

Last year, six Nittany Lions were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Defensive stars Micah Parsons and Odafe Oweh came off the board in the first round, while tight end Pat Freiermuth went during the second. In the seventh round, three consecutive selections consisted of Penn State alumni: Shaka Toney (Washington Commanders), Michal Menet (Arizona Cardinals), and Will Fries (Indianapolis Colts).

This year’s NFL Combine will take over Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from March 1 through March 7.

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