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Where Do Nittany Lions Fall In Latest 2024 NFL Mock Drafts?

The 2024 NFL Draft is now under three weeks away.

Numerous former Penn State football players are hoping to hear their names called in Detroit, Michigan, with two potential selections in the first round. However, there are Nittany Lions spread out all over the board by multiple draft analysts.

Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL.com)

Two Nittany Lions will be drafted in the first round in Maurice Jones-Drew’s mock draft. He had the New Orleans Saints selecting Olu Fashanu with the No. 14 overall pick and the Arizona Cardinals selecting Chop Robinson with the No. 27 overall pick.

Fashanu is the third offensive tackle off the board behind Notre Dame’s Joe Alt and Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga. Jones-Drew believed the 6’6″, 317-pound Fashanu is an “athletic and explosive blocker who can solidify the left tackle spot for the next decade.”

Meanwhile, Robinson is the fourth defensive end selected behind Alabama’s Dallas Turner, UCLA’s Laiatu Latu, and Florida State’s Jared Verse. Jones-Drew believed Robinson, despite having only three sacks last season, could help improve Arizona’s defense, which finished 30th in the NFL with 33 sacks last season.

“They bolster the weakness with an explosive – yet raw — pass rusher who can collapse the pocket on quarterbacks from the outside,” Jones-Drew said.

Lance Zierlein (NFL.com)

Lance Zierlein’s mock draft was a little different from Jones-Drew’s. He also had the Saints taking Fashanu with their first-round pick, citing 2022 first-rounder Trevor Penning’s poor development.

Where Zierlein’s draft differed from Jones-Drew’s from a Penn State perspective is where Robinson ended up. Zierlein had the Miami Dolphins selecting Robinson with the No. 21 pick, although he agreed with Jones-Drew that the Gaithersburg, Maryland, native is raw. He cited Jaelan Phillips’ and Bradley Chubb’s rehab statuses as a reason why general manager Chris Grier could select Robinson.

Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News)

Iyer’s seven-round mock draft had 10 Nittany Lions hearing their names called.

It started with Fashanu landing in New Orleans once again, citing Penning’s uncertainty. Iyer had Robinson falling two spots to the Detroit Lions, who will select him with the No. 29 overall pick. With Aidan Hutchinson and Marcus Davenport in the fold, Robinson may have a chance to continue his development by learning from more experienced pass rushers.

The next Penn Stater isn’t drafted until the No. 53 overall pick when the Philadelphia Eagles select fellow defensive end Adisa Isaac. Iyer believed Isaac could give the Eagles much-needed depth in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.

“After landing Bryce Huff in free agency, Isaac can give them a little more pop along with Josh Sweat.”

Isaac is the last Nittany Lion selected in the top 100. Fifty picks later, the New England Patriots select Theo Johnson with the 103rd-overall pick.

Things start to heat up as Curtis Jacobs is selected by the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 140 overall pick. Then, the Saints grab Kalen King with the No. 150 overall pick. Another 10 picks later, Hunter Nourzad is off to the Buffalo Bills.

In the sixth round, Johnny Dixon is selected by the Dolphins with the No. 184 overall pick. Caedan Wallace becomes the third Penn State offensive lineman to hear his name called when the Green Bay Packers take him with the No. 202 overall pick.

Finally, Daequan Hardy is the last Nittany Lion selected. Iyer had the Dallas Cowboys choosing him in the seventh round with the No. 233 overall pick.

Bruce Feldman (The Athletic)

Bruce Feldman’s first-round mock draft differed entirely from the first three. He had the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Fashanu with the No. 20 overall pick, while Robinson was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 26 overall pick.

The Steelers have recently loaded up on offensive linemen in the first round, selecting Broderick Jones out of Georgia last year. Despite potentially having many options at that point, Feldman believed Pittsburgh would opt for Fashanu.

“There are some good options at tackle between JC Latham, Amarius Mims, and Tyler Guyton, but the hunch is that the Steelers grab Fashanu, a bright, long, gifted big man,” Feldman said.

Meanwhile, Feldman raves about Robinson’s physical traits and potential. The Buccaneers need help with Shaquil Barrett leaving, so drafting Robinson would make sense.

“Penn State’s Robinson has get-off like no other in this draft. His potential as a pass rusher is spectacular. The 6-3, 254-pounder put on a freaky display in Indianapolis, running a 4.48 40 with a 1.54 10-yard split. He broad jumped 10-8 and ran 4.25 in the shuttle. His production was good but not great the past two years at Penn State — 17.5 TFLs, 9.5 sacks — but there is a lot of big-play potential,” Feldman said.

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