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

The 2024 NFL Draft is only eight days away.

Months of speculation will soon end when Roger Goodell takes the podium on April 25 in Detroit. The top five picks of the draft are expected to be quarterback-heavy, but there’s a shot that Olu Fashanu will be selected in the top 10. Let’s dive into some of the most recent mock drafts to see where Nittany Lions are projected to end up with one week left before the big day.

Mel Kiper Jr. & Field Yates (ESPN)

In their three-round mock draft, Kiper and Yates alternate picks. With the No. 14 overall pick, Yates has the New Orleans Saints selecting Fashanu. The Waldorf, Maryland, native has been frequently predicted to be drafted by the Saints recently as their uncertainty at tackle has created a desire for an upgrade. Fashanu is the fourth offensive lineman off the board in this mock draft behind Joe Alt, Troy Fautanu, and JC Latham.

Yates has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Chop Robinson with the No. 26 overall pick — another common projection.

“Tampa Bay has primary needs at edge rusher and on the interior offensive line. Robinson had modest college production (4.0 sacks in 2023), but his first-step quickness and effort level are undeniable. He’ll be a more productive pro than college player,” he wrote.

The last Nittany Lion selected in this mock draft is Adisa Isaac, who Kiper believes will be drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round with the No. 47 overall pick.

“Isaac is a really good player,” Kiper wrote. “Tennessee ranked 31st in the league in sacks per dropback last season at 11.1%.”

Peter Schrager (NFL.com)

Schrager has Fashanu selected a pick earlier than Yates in his first-round mock draft, with the Las Vegas Raiders taking him at No. 13 overall.

“The Raiders need to build up the offense in this draft. Continuing to fortify the O-line makes a lot of sense,” he wrote. “Tom Telesco hit on most of his first-round picks as general manager of the Chargers; now he’s looking to do the same with the rival Raiders. Fashanu might have the highest upside of all these tackle prospects.”

Contrary to most mock drafts, Schrager does not have Robinson as a first-round selection. Instead, UCLA’s Laiatu Latu and Florida State’s Jared Verse are the two defensive ends off the board in the first round in this mock draft.

Pro Football Focus

PFF’s two-round mock draft is a little exotic. Fashanu is drafted 12th overall by the New England Patriots in a mock trade with the Denver Broncos. He’s the third offensive lineman selected behind Alt and Taliese Fuaga.

“The Patriots trade out of No. 3 because the team needs major work and they aren’t in love with the remaining quarterbacks,” PFF wrote. “With the haul they receive, they start the rebuild in the trenches, selecting Olu Fashanu. The Penn State product has the best footwork of any tackle prospect in years and could become a star pass protector.”

Robinson is back in the first round as PFF has the Baltimore Ravens selecting him with the No. 30 overall pick.

“Robinson posted back-to-back seasons with a 90.0-plus PFF grade and earned a 93.1 grade against true pass sets last season,” PFF wrote.

Will Brinson (CBS)

Brinson’s first-round mock draft has Fashanu landing in New Orleans. Brinson cited the Saints’ doubts over Trevor Penning’s ability and Ryan Ramczyk’s injury status as reasons why they might be inclined to take Fashanu, who would be the fourth offensive lineman taken in the draft.

Robinson’s name is called less than 10 picks later with the Miami Dolphins selecting him at No. 21 overall. Miami is weak at the position due to injury.

“The need for depth off the edge was never more clear than late last year for the Dolphins, who may need some help while Bradley Chubb and Jaelan Phillips work their way back,” Brinson wrote.

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