Olu Fashanu Drafted No. 11 Overall Overall By New York Jets

Former Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu was drafted by the New York Jets with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. After Penn State went without a first-round pick in last year’s draft, Fashanu became the highest selection for the Nittany Lions since No. 2 Saquon Barkley in 2018.

Fashanu is the first Nittany Lion offensive lineman to hear his name called in the first round since Levi Brown in 2007. He is also just the fifth Nittany Lion to be drafted in the first round under James Franklin.

A consensus All-American in 2023, Fashanu ranks as one of the greatest offensive linemen in the history of Penn State football. In his four years in Happy Valley, Fashanu started 21 games at left tackle and appeared in 29 games.

He was named a full-time starter before the 2022 season and played in the first eight games. However, a season-ending injury in the Ohio State game of the season, caused him to miss the remainder of his 2022 campaign.

After that season, Fashanu was a projected top-10 pick for the 2023 NFL draft but returned to Penn State for his senior season. His senior campaign was his best season by far as he started all 12 regular season games for the Nittany Lions and did not allow a sack in 382 pass-blocking snaps.

Fashanu will hope to improve a team that finished 7-10 last season, second-to-last in the AFC East.

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