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Seven Penn Staters Participate At 2023 NFL Scouting Combine

Seven former Penn State football stars made the trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to take part in the NFL’s 2023 Scouting Combine.

Ji’Ayir Brown, PJ Mustipher, Joey Porter Jr., Juice Scruggs, Brenton Strange, Mitchell Tinsley, and Parker Washington all took the next steps in their budding professional careers, meeting with NFL decision-makers and showing off their skills in combine events.

Here’s a look at how Nittany Lions at the NFL combine performed this weekend.

Joey Porter Jr.

Cornerback and projected first-round pick Joey Porter Jr. had a very solid performance in Indianapolis, as he attempted to show teams why he deserves to hear his name called on night one of the draft.

Porter recorded a 4.46 40-yard dash time, ranking 14th among corners who participated. He also logged a 10’9″ broad jump, a 35″ vertical jump, and 17 reps on the bench press. While his numbers weren’t eye-popping, Porter had a great combine and said during media that he had positive conservations with multiple teams.

Ji’Ayir Brown

In terms of pure numbers, defensive back Ji’Ayir Brown didn’t have as great combine as others. Brown recorded a 4.65 40-yard dash, which was the third-slowest amongst all safeties, and a 9’11″ broad jump –– one of the shortest jumps in his group.

However, while the official numbers weren’t great, Brown had a solid afternoon during the on-field coverage and ball-tracking drills.

Brenton Strange

Tight end Brenton Strange had a strong performance during his combine day.

Strange had one of the best vertical and broad jumps among his fellow tight end prospects, recording 36″ vertical and 10’4″ broad jumps. He also impressed during the on-field catching and blocking drills.

Elsewhere, Strange recorded a 4.7 40-yard dash time. Though not the fastest time, speed isn’t exactly what makes Strange an attractive draft target.

Mitchell Tinsley

Like many of his former teammates, Mitchell Tinsley wasn’t the fastest during the weekend’s drills. Tinsley recorded a 4.6 40-yard dash, which was the fifth-slowest time of the receiver group. He did, however, post a strong 20-yard shuttle run (4.21), which ranked him fifth-best among all wide receivers.

Juice Scruggs

Center Juice Scruggs had a solid performance during this weekend’s events. Scruggs recorded a 5.22 40-yard dash and a 1.79 10-yard split, which was tied for 13th-best amongst all linemen. Still considered a middle-of-the-pack prospect, Scruggs is expected to hear his name called during the middle-to-late rounds of the draft.

PJ Mustipher

Defensive tackle PJ Mustipher ran the slowest 40-yard dash time at this year’s combine for his position with a 5.41 time. Mustipher also ranked near the bottom of the board in the vertical jump for defensive tackles. Mustipher’s next chance to show scouts his skills will be during Penn State’s Pro Day.

Parker Washington

While he was not able to take part in any physical activities this weekend, Parker Washington participated in meetings with teams. Washington was still in a walking boot, as he recovers from an undisclosed injury he suffered in 2022.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him watching reruns of Community or The Office. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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