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Chop Robinson & Olu Fashanu Headline Penn State Football 2024 Pro Day Performances

Thirteen members of Penn State football took to Holuba Hall for the team’s 2024 Pro Day to show off their speed, strength, and agility one last time Friday before the NFL Draft.

Scouts from all 32 NFL teams were on-site ahead of the draft, which will begin on April 25, to check out the group, which features Olu Fashanu and Chop Robinson, both of whom are projected to be first-round picks in many mock drafts.

Here’s an in-depth look at the offensive, defensive, and special teams participants and how they fared on Pro Day.

Participants

  • Johnny Dixon, Cornerback
  • Keaton Ellis, Safety
  • Olu Fashanu, Offensive Line
  • Alex Felkins, Kicker
  • Daequan Hardy, Cornerback
  • Adisa Isaac, Defensive End
  • Curtis Jacobs, Linebacker
  • Theo Johnson, Tight End
  • Kalen King, Cornerback
  • Hunter Nourzad, Offensive Line
  • Trey Potts, Running Back
  • Chop Robinson, Defensive End
  • Caedan Wallace, Offensive Line

Pro Day commenced in the Lasch Building, where participants were measured before heading over to the bench press and vertical jump.

Bench Press

On the bench, running back Trey Potts grinded out 22 reps. The 5’9″ redshirt senior joined Penn State after three seasons at Minnesota.

Vertical Jump

Keaton Ellis registered a 10’9″ vertical leap on Pro Day after being a Nittany Lion for five years. This past season, Ellis had 17 total tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception.

The events then moved over to Holuba Hall, where participants went through further drills to assess their speed and agility.

Broad Jump

Ellis also impressed in the broad jump with a 10’9,” and linebacker Curtis Jacobs matched that distance. The NFL Combine’s current highest broad jump by a linebacker is 10’8″ from Washington’s Edefuan Ulofoshio.

40-Yard Dash

Kalen King, Potts, and Ellis were the three participants to take on the 40-yard dash. Based on unofficial times measured by Onward State, Ellis led the way with a 4.52. King wasn’t far behind, running a 4.58, and Potts ran a 4.62.

Three-Cone Drill

Seven players took on the L-drill, also known as the three-cone drill. Chop Robinson went first in his opening test of the day and ran an unofficial 7.06 seconds, and Daequan Hardy immediately followed with a 7.05.

Adisa Isaac finished with a notable 7.00, Jacobs ran a 7.21, and Potts ended with a 7.15. After turning the last cone and tripping on his second attempt, Ellis got a redo and clocked in with a 7.03, while Caedan Wallace rounded out the drill with a 7.73.

Individual Player Workouts

Aside from measurements and testing, players broke off by position and participated in workouts in front of scouts.

Kicker Alex Felkins showed off his power and accuracy early in the morning, splitting the uprights on kicks from up to 61 yards. Felkins also booted a number of kickoffs, which routinely landed past the back of the end zone.

After testing, tight end Theo Johnson and running back Potts ran routes and caught passes from current quarterbacks Drew Allar and Beau Pribula. Also joining Johnson and Potts was DaeSean Hamilton, a 2017 Penn State graduate and NFL free agent.

Next, defensive backs Johnny Dixon, Ellis, Hardy, and King went through similar drills, finding throws in the air and returning them.

Lastly, offensive linemen Olu Fashanu and Wallace took the field for individual drills, while Hunter Nourzad sat out due to a minor fibula injury. The two showcased their strength, driving team trainers back about 10 yards.

With many scouts looking on, Fashanu proved why he’s a projected top-10 pick, and he sounded off on returning for his senior season this past year after the workout.

“I’m definitely a better player,” Fashanu said. “I definitely don’t regret coming back for another year.”

Notable Guests

The most notable guest seen at Penn State’s Pro Day was former star running back Saquon Barkley, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles two days prior.

Also in Holuba Hall were 2018 graduate and NFL free agent quarterback Trace McSorley, and Mitchell Tinsley, who graduated from Penn State last year and is now a wide receiver for the Washington Commanders.

What’s Next?

Participants will search to hear their names called during the NFL Draft, which is set to begin on Thursday, April 25, in Detroit, Michigan. The draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network.

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Michael Siroty

Michael Siroty is a freshman from Westfield, New Jersey, majoring in broadcast journalism. When he isn't writing articles or making TikToks for Onward State, Siroty is either taking a peaceful walk around Beaver Stadium or at his summer day camp job. You can contact him to discuss your sushi order or music taste on Instagram and Twitter @msiroty or by email at [email protected].

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