Seven Nittany Lions Invited To 2023 NFL Scouting Combine
After a successful 2022 season and a win over Utah at the Rose Bowl, seven Nittany Lions received invitations to the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, according to the league’s official list posted Wednesday morning.
Ji’Ayir Brown, PJ Mustipher, Joey Porter Jr., Juice Scruggs, Brenton Strange, Mitchell Tinsley, and Parker Washington were invited to this year’s event along with 312 other prospects. The event gives prospects a chance to show off their skills in front of NFL scouts in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft.
Right now, it’s unclear where each of the Nittany Lions will land in the draft. Some mock drafts predict Porter Jr. hearing his name called as high as the 10th pick in the first round.
For other players like Brown, Scruggs, Tinsley, and Washington, their stock is undeterminable as mocks predict them as day two or three picks. Mustipher and Strange, however, have both been evaluated as likely day-three picks.
Notably not invited to the combine is former Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford. Clifford, who ended his time at Penn State as the leader in passing yards, touchdowns, and completions in school history, will not show off his skill at the NFL’s scouting day, but will likely participate in Penn State’s pro day.
Just last year, eight Nittany Lions were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, with wide receiver Jahan Dotson drafted in the first round by the Washington Commanders. On top of that, Arnold Ebiketie and Jaquan Brisker were selected in round two. Brandon Smith, Jordan Stout, Tariq-Castro Fields, Rasheed Walker, and Jesse Luketa rounded out day three of the draft and each found new homes in the NFL.
The NFL Combine will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the course of a week from Monday, February 27, to Monday, March 6. The 2023 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 27, and conclude on Saturday, April 29.
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Penn State most recently put together a 41-13 victory over Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, highlighted by a 17-point third quarter.
After picking up a draw against Michigan on Thursday, the Nittany Lions came out hungry against the Spartans and converted a goal in the first six minutes of play.
Despite ultimately defeating the Wildcats in a blowout, the Nittany Lions were trapped in a shootout in the first half.