Penn State Studs Shine At 2022 NFL Scouting Combine
Eight former Penn State football stars ventured out to Indianapolis this weekend to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine. There, they showed off skills in front of NFL scouts, executives, and coaches to gain some momentum as the 2022 NFL Draft draws near.
Jaquan Brisker, Tariq Castro-Fields, Jahan Dotson, Arnold Ebiketie, Jesse Luketa, Brandon Smith, Jordan Stout, and Rasheed Walker all participated this weekend in an attempt to improve their draft stocks.
From high-speed 40-yard dashes to on-field drills and lifts, here’s a recap of how the many former Nittany Lions stars fared at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Dotson, who is projected to go in the first or second round following many experts’ mock drafts, showed teams why he deserves to have his name called on night one of this year’s draft.
Dotson posted a 121-inch broad jump, a 36-inch vertical, as well as a 7.28-second three-cone drill. He also ran an impressive 4.43-second 40-yard dash, which ranked 11th amongst WRs.
Where Dotson excelled the most during the weekend was during his catching drills. Dotson has always been known to have great hands, and that will likely help him find a team come April.
The 6’2″ edge rusher showed impressive skill during the on-field portion of the workout. Ebiketie dominated many of the defensive line events and even showed everyone how dominant of a pass rusher he really is.
Ebiketie recorded a 38-inch vertical and a 128-inch broad jump, which tied for second among defensive ends. Ebiketie didn’t run a 40-yard dash but said he would once Penn State’s Pro Day comes around. He also recorded 21 bench reps, which ranked fourth among edge rushers.
Smith gave himself probably the best stock boost this weekend after his very impressive showing at the combine.
Smith was one the top linebackers this weekend after recording a 4.57-second 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical, and a 128-inch broad jump, which all ranked fourth among linebackers.
Brisker showed off his strength at the combine by putting up one of the more impressive showings at the bench press.
Brisker was able to pump out 22 reps of 225 pounds to finish second among all defensive backs. He also ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, a 34.5-inch vertical, and a 124-inch broad jump.
On Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Brisker suffered a back injury during his workouts. He’s expected to complete his workouts later this spring at Penn State’s Pro Day.
Luketa was one of the Nittany Lions attending the combine this weekend that was going to improve his stock with a good performance. However Luketa was very limited in the amount he could do this weekend.
Luketa suffered an apparent injury during the second run of his 40-yard dash, causing him to sit out all of the on-field work. Luketa did record a 4.89 40-yard time, a 37.5-vertical jump, and a 114-inch broad jump.
Castro-Fields didn’t complete many workouts during this weekend’s combine. However, the 6’1 cornerback did show off his speed on Sunday by running a blazing 4.38-second 40-yard dash.
Rasheed Walker is still recovering from an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss Penn State’s Outback Bowl loss to Arkansas. Walker still attended the combine for interviews and measurements, but he couldn’t participate in any workouts.
The 6’3″ punter already showed impressive skills at last month’s Senior Bowl and continued to impress many this weekend. Stout ran an impressive 4.65-second 40-yard dash, the second-best among punters.
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